LeVar Burton of 'Reading Rainbow' Livestreams Readings for Kids, Families Amid Coronavirus

April 06, 2020 - 3:34 pm

LeVar Burton is providing some literary relief for kids and adults stuck inside during the coronavirus pandemic.

Star of the classic PBS children's show "Reading Rainbow," Burton is busy livestreaming videos of himself reading stories on Twitter.

Burton confirmed the update to CBS on Monday.

“It was just a matter of wanting to step into the moment,” Burton, 63, said during his appearance on CBS This Morning. “Recognizing where we are and wanting to make a contribution. And I thought, ‘Well, I can read, so let me do that.'”

He kicked off on Monday by reading "Amazing Grace" by Mary Hoffman and some children's books of his own.

On Wednesday, Burton announced that he would perform readings for children, teens and adults three times a week starting April 3rd, with kids’ books on Mondays at 12 p.m. ET, YA books on Wednesdays at 6 p.m., and adult-focused stories on Fridays at 9 p.m. as part of “LeVar Burton Reads.”

Burton first publicly shared the idea on March 24, saying he would like to help provide a distraction for families during the pandemic.

Burton said he was looking for ways to avoid "legal complications." Some authors including Neil Gaiman gave him permission to read their books. Publisher HarperCollins issued their permission to Burton, as well.

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