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Popular PBS Children's Show 'Reading Rainbow' Ends 26-Year Run

The PBS children’s show “Reading Rainbow” will end its 26-year run on Friday.

It has won more than two-dozen Emmys, and is the third longest-running children's show in PBS history , outlasted only by “Sesame Street” and “Mister Rogers.”

The show, which started in 1983, was hosted by actor LeVar Burton.

Each episode of Reading Rainbow had the same basic elements: There was a featured children's book that inspired an adventure with Burton. Then, at the end of every show, kids gave their own book reviews, always prefaced by Burton's trademark line: "But you don't have to take my word for it ..."

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