'Reading Rainbow' Is Coming Back, So Can These 7 Guest Stars Come Back Too?

By the powers of Kickstarter and LeVar Burton’s infectious enthusiasm, the children’s educational program Reading Rainbow is making its way back to our computer screens and classrooms. In a mere 24 hours, Burton’s Kickstarter campaign to fund a Reading Rainbow re-launch reached its $1 million goal. As of Friday afternoon, the funding has climbed to nearly $3 million. With the help of people all around the country, including such supporters as Sen. Cory Booker, our nation’s libraries will once again be filled with the incredible program that promotes literacy, creativity, and good citizenship.

Not only does this mean a lot to schools, educators, and students, it clearly means a lot to its campaigner, LeVar Burton. His reaction to the funding is heartfelt, touching, and all the more reason for folks to go out there and donate. C'mon people — Reading Rainbow was a staple for years in libraries and classrooms. Don't you want it to make its way back?

Burton is re-introducing the series online so that it is accessible to as many students as possible. Along with Burton, there will also be a plethora of guest authors, musicians, actors, and artists to engage children in active learning. Some of Reading Rainbow’s best moments came from its guest stars. Here are a few we’d love to see return to the series:

First, let's take a look at Burton's wonderful reaction

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Kermit the Frog

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It's not easy being green, but it's easy to love Kermit.

Bill Cosby

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The legendary comedian appeared on the series to read Marc Brown's Arthur's Eyes. Any opportunity to watch Cosby be Cosby is a good opportunity.

The latest generation of Star Trek

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A little Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Benedict Cumberbatch to get the kids reading? I wholly support this.

RUN DMC

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I really wish I appreciated this more when I was a kid.

And just for kicks, Troy

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Because kids need comedy too.