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Below is a complete Reading Rainbow episode list that spans the show's entire TV run. Photos from the individual Reading Rainbow episodes are listed along with the Reading Rainbow episode names when available, as are the dates of the original airing of the episode. Reading Rainbow episodes from every season can be seen below, along with fun facts about who directed the episodes, the stars of the and sometimes even information like shooting locations and original air dates. This poll features “The Biggest Test in the Universe,” “Max” and more. Are you remembering a funny scene but can't think of the name that the Reading Rainbow episode is from? Scroll below and you'll find what you're looking for.

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Bea and Mr Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Bea and Mr Jones Season 1 Episode 1: LeVar is already worn out after working on several scenes all day long on the production of the series. He feels he needs to take on another identity, segueing into introducing the featured book, Bea and Mr.

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Season 1 Episode 1: One thing leads to another in this episode, with LeVar in a bowling alley, showing how certain actions lead to consequences. Included is a piece on an expert at domino displays and domino art. Beth Howland ...

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Digging Up Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Digging Up Dinosaurs Season 6 Episode 5: What is with this unfunny dinosaur, thinking he can do stand-up comedy on a dinosaur (of a) program? Technically not the first science-related show in its history, LeVar seeks a place where archaeologists ...

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Two Old Potatoes and Me is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Two Old Potatoes and Me Season 1 Episode 2: Jordan Puryear reads "Two Old Potatoes and Me," about a girl who works with her father to recycle two rotted potatoes by replanting them using the sprouts to grow a whole new crop of potatoes.

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Owen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Owen Season 1 Episode 3: It's easy to get flashbacks while watching Reading Rainbow. Now it's LeVar's turn, as he gets in touch with visions of "his boyhood." Matthew Broderick reads "Owen," about a little mouse ...

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Ty's One-man Band is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Ty's One-man Band Season 1 Episode 3: LeVar is ready to find music everywhere, and he does. This show includes the animation Onomatopoeia. Lou Rawls reads the story of Ty's One-Man Band, about a man who teaches a boy how to make music using ...

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Hot-Air Henry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Hot-Air Henry Season 6 Episode 15: LeVar goes to South Carolina to ride a hot-air balloon. In another study of how air travel has advanced, schoolchildren visit the Space Camp for Aspiring Young Astronauts. William Windom reads the story of ...

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Mr. George Baker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Mr. George Baker Season 1 Episode 4: Wayne Brady narrates the story of an elderly man who decides to go back to school to learn to read, even though he is almost 100, and his relationship with his young neighbor as they wait for the bus every ...

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Alistair In Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Alistair In Outer Space Season 1 Episode 5: LeVar checks out the Library of Congress. Among the activities shown: how a book is delivered to the front desk, the vast film library, and how damaged books are repaired. Arnold Stang reads Alistair in Outer ...

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Feelings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Feelings Season 7 Episode 4: LeVar seems to have a lot of things going wrong for him as he spends a day in the park, causing lots of different emotions. In an animated feature, a group of school children read poems about feelings and how ...

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Watch The Stars Come Out is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Watch The Stars Come Out Season 1 Episode 7: Videotaped at Ellis Island in 1985, this show is truly American or, more correctly, a salute to all those who immigrated to America. Laura Haymann reads Watch the Stars Come Out, a true story about a young ...

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The Life Cycle Of The Honeybee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
The Life Cycle Of The Honeybee Season 1 Episode 8: LeVar visits a beehive to look into beekeeping and how honey is made. Barbara Feldon narrates The Life Cycle of the Honeybee, which goes into detail about how bees make hives in natural habitats such as ...

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Best Friends is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Best Friends Season 7 Episode 18: The best of friends are those whose friendships endure everything. And it extends to all walks of life, particularly to dogs. Liza Siegler reads the story of two girls who are best friends, but their ...

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Bugs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Bugs Season 8 Episode 1: With microorganisms under his belt, LeVar now goes on the lookout for insects.

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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughte... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters Season 8 Episode 8: LeVar celebrates the culture of Africa in New York City's Central Park where he learns how African drums are made. Phylicia Rashad narrates Mufaro's Beautiful Dauters, an African tale about a villager who has ...

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Florence and Eric Take The Cak... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Florence and Eric Take The Cake Season 1 Episode 12: LeVar visits a famed wax sculpture museum, where an expert wax artist makes a statue of him. Julia child reads the story of two children helping their grandmother plan a party, and how they accidentally ...

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Alistairs Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Alistairs Time Machine Season 1 Episode 13: LeVar goes to a totally-fictitious spot to find inventors from all eras. True to form, these inventors come from the distant past, Reading Rainbow's near-present, and the future. Arnold Stang narrates ...

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Nosey Mrs. Rat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Nosey Mrs. Rat Season 10 Episode 7: Observing people is the theme of the day, as LeVar finds himself with time to kill before a business meeting and chooses to watch children at a playground while he waits. Dr. Jane Goddall talks about her ...

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Borreguita and The Coyote is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Borreguita and The Coyote Season 1 Episode 15: LeVar spends the day in a barrio in East Los Angeles studying Mexican culture as he visits friends who make their own guitars, eats some traditional food, and discusses the cultural differences that are ...

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On The Day You Were Born is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
On The Day You Were Born Season 1 Episode 16: How babies are born is explored, in great detail, in this episode, as a family welcoming their fourth child is profiled during the last few weeks before delivery. Patrick Stewart reads a poem about how ...

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My Life With The Wave is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
My Life With The Wave Season 1 Episode 17: Scott Irby Ranier tells a tale of a boy who is followed home by a wave of water after a vacation at the beach, and how he and his family must convince the wave it is better off living in the ocean than in ...

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Saturday Sancocho is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Saturday Sancocho Season 11 Episode 12: The art of bartering is the topic as Levar Burton introduces the book "Saturday Sancocho". When Maria's family can't afford sancocho, she and her mother figure out a way to trade eggs for the ...

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When Aunt Lena Did The Rhumba is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
When Aunt Lena Did The Rhumba Season 1 Episode 19: LeVar explores Broadway as he looks at live entertainment options. Lucie Arnaz reads the feature story, about a young girl who decides to put on a show for her aunt, who usually treats her to Broadway play ...

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The Shamans Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
The Shamans Apprentice Season 1 Episode 20: LeVar visits the Amazon rain forest to meet the real people profiled in today's featured book, a story about how a young man was chosen to follow around his tribe's medicine man to learn all the natural ...

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Lemonade For Sale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Lemonade For Sale Season 1 Episode 21: LeVar explores way that young people can earn money before they're old enough for official jobs in this show. Andrea McArdle reads the feature story of a group of kids who decide to run a lemonade drink ...

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The Secret Shortcut is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
The Secret Shortcut Season 11 Episode 17: As we learn in "The Secret Shortcut," shortcuts may get you to where you are going faster, but if you get lost you should have some experience in orienteering. Lavar takes an orienteering course ...

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Badgers Parting Gifts is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Badgers Parting Gifts Season 1 Episode 23: LeVar discusses cathartic ways to adjust to losing a loved one in this episode. He and fellow viewers talk about family members that are now gone that they miss, and how they try to remember the good times ...

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Enemy Pie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Enemy Pie Season 12 Episode 1: LeVar observes activity in a playground to see how people do and don't get along with each other. Ed Harris reads Enemy Pie, a story about a boy who dislikes one of his new classmates, and how his father ...

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Boxes For Katje is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Boxes For Katje Season 1 Episode 25: LeVar profiles Children For Children, a New York based youth organization that creates care packages for relief to children affected by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Elizabeth Jute reads a story about a ...

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Animal Café is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Animal Café Season 2 Episode 1: LeVar goes to a 24-hour diner and profiles people who have occupations in the evening and early morning hours. In a separate story, a man ventures into a cave to see bats and other nocturnal animals. Martin ...

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The Tortoise and the Hare is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
The Tortoise and the Hare Season 2 Episode 2: LeVar has entered a bicycle race. He's in competition not just with the other bikers, but with himself as well. This program also includes a lengthy piece on a karate class. Comedienne Gilda Radner reads the ...

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Ludlow Laughs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Ludlow Laughs Season 2 Episode 3: LeVar is assigned a comedy makeover to learn more about comedy. Phillis Diller narrates "Ludlow Laughs," a tale about a man who never smiled at all until one strange night when he started to laugh ...

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Giving Thanks: A Native Americ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message Season 2 Episode 4: LeVar discusses how people show gratitude for kind acts and how we can repay each other in acts of kindness to spread good will in the world. Nicholson Earl Billey reads the featured story, a poem of greeting ...

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The Tin Forest is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
The Tin Forest Season 3 Episode 1: LeVar visits a school in New York City to ask the class how they have coped since the past year when the World Trade Center was destroyed nearby and they had to evacuate and some children lost family members.

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Miss Nelson is Back is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Miss Nelson is Back Season 3 Episode 2: As part of his birthday celebration, LeVar gets made-up like a movie monster, and then gets involved in Harry Blackstone's magic act. Ruth Buzzi reads Miss Nelson Is Back, all about a group of rowdy students ...

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Pet Stories: You Don't Hav... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Pet Stories: You Don't Have to Walk Season 3 Episode 3: "Pet Stories You Don't Have to Walk", read by Jason Alexander, features stories about pets. LeVar Burton throws a birthday party for his golden retriever, Roy, and treats the dog to a bath at a pet ...

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How to Make An Apple Pie and S... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World Season 3 Episode 4: LeVar and a friend say following recipes and cooking foods are very much like science experiments. They work on recipes which include lasagna made with rice, a marinara sauce, and apple raisin muffins. Helen ...

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Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin Season 3 Episode 5: Music and orchestras are profiled in this tuneful show. The episode soon gets rhythmic when LeVar introduces the viewers to the theatrical percussion group, Stomp. Gregory Hines reads Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin, ...

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Barn Dance is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Barn Dance Season 3 Episode 6: LeVar is in Tennessee where he is going to a barn dance. Along the way, he meets the band who will be playing their Bluegrass music and meets a man who makes his own fiddles. At the barn, LeVar also learns a ...

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My Shadow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
My Shadow Season 4 Episode 1: In this episode of Reading Rainbow: Levar shows the kids how shadows and lights make up our everyday lives. Andrea Davis is featured as a photographer who shoots different parts of the city and develops the ...

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Sports Pages is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Sports Pages Season 4 Episode 2: Levar Burton works out in a gym and talks about the determination it takes to succeed in sports. Burton narrates two poems from "Sports Pages" by Arnold Adoff. Burton visits with a young Olympic ...

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Mama Don't Allow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Mama Don't Allow Season 4 Episode 3: LeVar shows how music can help interpret a situation, from meeting alligators in a Louisiana swamp to joining a party on a Mississippi riverboat. Fred Newman narrates the story of Mama Don't Allow, about how ...

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Meanwhile Back at the Ranch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Meanwhile Back at the Ranch Season 4 Episode 4: LeVar travels to an old west town made to look like life in the 1880's to see how times have changed in the last 100 years. He explores how cowboys lived and traveled, and he also shows how stunt riders ...

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Little Nino's Pizzeria is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Little Nino's Pizzeria Season 4 Episode 5: LeVar takes a shot at making his own pizza. He gets the yeast right, but he underestimates just about everything else. (That includes the volume of "vox pops" shots.) Josh Saviano reads Little ...

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Is This a House for a Hermit C... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Is This a House for a Hermit Crab Season 4 Episode 6: LeVar sets out to build a bird house, prompting an examination of animal habitats. Eartha Kitt reads the story of a growing hermit crab, who is now too large for his current shell, and all the difficulties he ...

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The Piggy in the Puddle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
The Piggy in the Puddle Season 5 Episode 1: This episode of READING RAINBOW, "Piggy in the Puddle," features a look at the art of claymation and the joys of mud. Claymation artists Becky and Cody introduce host LeVar Burton to the art of ...

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Summer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Summer Season 5 Episode 2: In this episode of Reading Rainbow, Levar shows the kids the different sights and sounds of Summer. The different wildlife of Summer, and how they live. Also, there are segments on the different seasons and ...

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Tar Beach is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Tar Beach Season 5 Episode 3: LeVar's presence looms over New York once again, this time literally. He's taken to the roof of one of the nondescript skyscrapers, very close to the bridge mentioned in the featured book, Tar Beach.

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The Wonderful Tower of Watts is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
The Wonderful Tower of Watts Season 5 Episode 4: In this episode of "Reading Rainbow," Levar takes a wonderful and fascinating look at the Watts Towers, a landmark in southern California. He goes into the neighborhood and talks to the residents ...

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Perfect the Pig is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Full List of Reading Rainbow Episodes
Perfect the Pig Season 5 Episode 5: LeVar visits a pig farm in Hawaii to find out why pigs are so popular. He also interviews Kermit the Frog to ask him about his famous girlfriend, Miss Piggy.James Coco reads the story of Perfect the Pig, ...