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Bring Reading Rainbow’s library of interactive books & video field trips to more platforms & provide free access to classrooms in need!
Bring Reading Rainbow’s library of interactive books & video field trips to more platforms & provide free access to classrooms in need!
Bring Reading Rainbow’s library of interactive books & video field trips to more platforms & provide free access to classrooms in need!
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New Add-Ons: Original Episode Collections on DVD!


Hundreds of backers have written in, asking us to release DVDs of the original television series as REWARD ADD-ONS... and now we have! 

To add any of these to your reward package, just follow the ADD-ON INSTRUCTIONS, and then go here to ADJUST YOUR PLEDGE amount!


This special COLLECTOR'S EDITION DVD includes the very first and last episodes of Reading Rainbow -- Tight Times (Episode 1) and Show Way (Episode 155), plus new material from LeVar, created just for this edition! This is the same Collector's Edition that you can get as a digital download in the $25 REWARD PACKAGE.

 Each special collection includes FIVE classic episodes. 

This collection of LEVAR'S FAVORITES includes a hand-picked selection of LeVar's all-time favorite episodes of Reading Rainbow:

  • Episode 4 - Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain 
  • Episode 81 - Tar Beach 
  • Episode 91 - Amazing Grace 
  • Episode 110 - Ruth Law Thrills A Nation 
  • Episode 144 - Enemy Pie

The AMAZING ANIMALS collection features all kinds of animal friends, from whales and manatees to pigs -- with a special guest appearance by Kermit the Frog!

  • Episode 25 - Perfect the Pig 
  • Episode 56 - Humphrey The Lost Whale 
  • Episode 83 - Sam The Sea Cow 
  • Episode 123 - Hotel Animal 
  • Episode 137 - Pet Stories

The WORLD CULTURES collection brings together episodes about the cultures of Native America, Africa, Japan and more:

  • Episode 10 - The Gift of the Sacred Dog 
  • Episode 39 - The Paper Crane 
  • Episode 55 - Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters 
  • Episode 106 - The Lotus Seed 
  • Episode 122 - Bread is for Eating

The EXPLORE NATURE collection takes you under water to the coral reefs, into the desert to discover the Saguaro Cactus, into the sky to explore weather, and more:

  • Episode 36 - Life Cycle of the Honeybee 
  • Episode 61 - Dive to the Coral Reefs 
  • Episode 62 - Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus 
  • Episode 86 - Come A Tide 
  • Episode 88 - Seashore Surprises

The CELEBRATED NARRATORS collection features five episodes with some special narrators who you might recognize:

  • Episode 119 - Owen (narrated by Matthew Broderick) 
  • Episode 136 - The Shaman's Apprentice (narrated by Susan Sarandon) 
  • Episode 142 - The Tin Forest (narrated by Jeff Bridges) 
  • Episode 146 - Visiting Day (narrated by Alfre Woodard) 
  • Episode 151 - The Biggest Test in the Universe (narrated by Richard Gere)


You asked for it, and here it is: only available to schools and libraries until now, THE COMPLETE COLLECTION brings together almost every episode of the original television series, preserved on DVD for your family to enjoy!

The Complete Collection includes the following 152 of the original 155 episodes: 

  • Tight Times
  • Miss Nelson is Back
  • Bea and Mr. Jones
  • Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
  • Louis The Fish
  • Digging up Dinosaurs
  • Liang and the Magic Paintbrush
  • Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport
  • Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe
  • The Gift of the Sacred Dog
  • Gregory, The Terrible Eater
  • Three By The Sea
  • The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
  • Ty's One-Man Band
  • Hot Air Henry
  • Simon's Book
  • Ox-Cart Man
  • Mystery on The Docks
  • A Chair for My Mother
  • Paul Bunyan
  • The Patchwork Quilt
  • Hill of Fire
  • The Tortoise and the Hare
  • Perfect The Pig
  • Animal Café
  • Alistair in Outer Space
  • Feelings
  • Watch The Stars Come Out
  • Mama Don't Allow
  • Space Case
  • Milk Makers
  • Imogene's Antlers
  • Germs Make me Sick
  • Abiyoyo
  • The Life Cycle of the Honeybee
  • Keep The Lights Buring Abbie
  • Chickens Aren't The Only Ones
  • The Paper Crane
  • The Runaway Duck
  • A Three Hat Day
  • Rumpelstiltskin
  • Best Friends
  • Meanwhile Back at The Ranch
  • My Little Island
  • The Bionic Bunny Show
  • Bugs
  • The Robbery at the Diamond Dog Diner
  • Brush
  • The Purple Coat
  • Barn Dance
  • Duncan and Dolores
  • Knots on a Counting Rope
  • Mummies Made in Egypt
  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
  • Humphrey The Lost Whale
  • Stay Away from the Junkyard
  • Little Ninos Pizzeria
  • Ludlow Laughs
  • Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo
  • Dive To the Coral Reefs
  • Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus
  • Tooth-Gnasher Superflash
  • Bored-Nothing to Do
  • Sports Pages
  • Jack, the Seal and the Sea
  • The Bicycle Man
  • Florence and Eric Take the Cake
  • Sunken Treasure
  • Alistair's Time Machine
  • The Adventures of Taxi Dog
  • The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
  • Galimoto
  • Fox on The Job
  • Opt: An Illusionary Tale
  • Raccoons and Ripe Corn
  • The Lady with the Ship on Her Head
  • Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express
  • Snowy Day - Stories & Poems
  • Tar Beach
  • The Wall
  • Sam the Sea Cow
  • Rechenka's Eggs
  • Sophie and Lou
  • Come a Tide
  • The Piggy In The Puddle
  • Seashore Surprises
  • Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies
  • Berlioz The Bear
  • Amazing Grace
  • The Furry News
  • Mrs. Katz and Tush
  • The Salamander Room
  • Silent Lotus
  • Follow The Drinking Gourd
  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
  • Is This a House for Hermit Crab?
  • And Still The Turtle Watched
  • 6/29/1999
  • Nosey Mrs. Rat
  • Borreguita and the Coyote
  • Summer
  • Once There Was a Tree
  • Appelemando's Dream
  • The Lotus Seed
  • Hail to Mail
  • Stellaluna
  • My Shadow
  • Ruth Law Thrills a Nation
  • The Wonderful Towers of Watts
  • Alejandro's Gift
  • The Sign Painter's Dream
  • Archibald Frisby
  • Fly Away Home
  • Uncle Jed's Barbershop
  • How to Make an Apple Pie
  • Owen
  • How Much is A Million
  • Always my Dad
  • Bread is for Eating
  • Hotel Animal
  • Someplace Else
  • Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
  • On the Day You Were Born
  • Hip Cat
  • Regina's Big Mistake
  • Giving Thanks
  • The Carousel
  • Math Curse
  • My Life With The Wave
  • Saturday Sancocho
  • When Aunt Lena Did the Rhumba
  • Work Song
  • The Shaman's Apprentice
  • Pet Stories
  • Lemonade For Sale
  • The Secret Shortcut
  • My America: Poetry Atlas of US
  • Badger's Parting Gifts
  • The Tin Forest
  • Max
  • Enemy Pie
  • Our Big Home
  • Visiting Day
  • Unique Monique
  • Mr. George Baker
  • Beegu
  • The Two Old Potatoes
  • The Biggest Test in the Universe
  • I Lost My Tooth in Africa
  • Boxes for Katje
  • Game Day
  • Show Way

*The only episodes not included are: "Arthurs' Eyes" (Episode 13), "The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth" (Episode 66) and "Martha Speaks" (Episode 112). We wish we could include them, but the licenses to these books and episodes are no longer available.



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      Michael S on

      When you make a pledge or manage it, your selection will be green. There will be a dollar amount. You can increase this number while still keeping the highlighted reward package.

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      I can't figure out how to do an add-on for the dvd package

    3. Marie Christ on

      While $750 is indeed a lot of money, educational DVDs (which are exclusively available to schools and libraries) are not in the same ballpark as conventional DVDs when it comes to price. And that's an understatement. If I had to make a rough, educated guess, I would assume that this collection runs around $4,000. So for the folks who are able to afford $750, it's an absolute steal. For the rest of us, it's still an incredible opportunity to have access to the smaller DVD collections, even if we are all pining after the complete collection :)

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      Heather Harper on

      Choose-your-own download is something I wish could be done as well. I LOVE reading Rainbow but the prices for the DVD sets are astronomical. What family with young children has $750 to spend on DVDs?

    5. Deborah Cox Suggs on

      I might have to start my own Kickstarter to buy the entire collection! Digital downloads are great, but there's just something nice about owning a physical copy. Thank you for making this available!

    6. Ali Grotkowski

      As my favorite episode is The Bionic Bunny Show, I wish I could get that as a stand alone episode or part of a cheaper collection. Thanks.

    7. Michelle K. T. Illg on

      Ooh, I see all my favorite eps/books that were featured! Come a Tide, The Robbery at the Diamond Dog Diner, Is This a House for Hermit Crab?, Stellaluna, the Coral Reefs and Saguaro Cactus, etc. What a shame that Martha Speaks, Arthur, & The Magic Schoolbus couldn't be included!! Of course those are three that got turned into successful cartoon series, so that's likely why. Still a real shame. Gah, I have sooooo many favorite childhood books and series...and I remember how wonderful the books used to feel and SMELL in elementary school! So shiny and flexible and...plasticky, I guess. Did anyone else have one of those big sheets with transparent pockets hanging in the classroom, where the teacher would slide the sentences in on long strips as you read along?

    8. Abe Lee on

      I'm sure a lot of Trekkies would like to be able to get The Bionic Bunny as a stand alone episode or as a part of a cheaper collection. I know it's on the Season 2 Star Trek tng set, but not as a complete episode and without the Reading Rainbow theme.

    9. Allyson Bright

      Maybe it's just me but $250 for 25 episodes still seems pretty unreasonable. You'd never pay that for a conventional DVD release. I understand this is a fundraising goal and that we're trying to help kids, but these still feel extremely overpriced to me.

    10. Matt Wilson on

      I personally am not able to afford to pledge enough for the "Complete Collection" set, but a suggestion for those putting the collection together (especially if there are ever any plans to make it available in the mainstream in the future): For the three episodes that aren't available (which I can understand since all three of those books turned into their own PBS series), how about include the "video field trips" from the missing episodes, editing out references to the books in question, or even perhaps finding a new book that is appropriate to the episode's theme and replacing the feature story with a new book? I recall at least two of those three episodes as a kid, and know they were both great episodes and that its possible to "work around" the feature book and still present most of the episode. At the very least, the field trips would make a nice bonus feature!

    11. Sarah Troedson on

      If we could request digital downloads of specific episodes, that would be really wonderful. I'm sure it would be a logistical nightmare to allow custom 5-episode DVD requests. But I'd really love to be able to purchase a few specific episodes (digitally) in addition to the collections! I wish I could afford the entire series but I can't. Thank you!

    12. Constance - Chantress of the OO on

      Will there be any way to request specific episodes? Mostly I want to get Rumplestiltskin for my Ren Faire friends (Who would all buy it if it was available...)