Coming soon to a bookstore near you: The first children's book by "Reading Rainbow's" LeVar Burton.
Burton, of course, is also an actor, known for "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and the award-winning miniseries "Roots." Yet for a generation or more of readers, he's the beloved host of the reading television program, "Reading Rainbow."
"Reading Rainbow" will publish Burton's book, titled "The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm," on Oct. 7. The book, which contains prose and rhyme, was written with Susan Schaefer Bernardo and is illustrated by Courtenay Fletcher.
According to a release from distributor IPG, the 32-page book "is a story designed for parents and kids to read together when facing stressful or difficult situations, and emphasizes the helpers and positives in a child’s world and the value in having friends and family work together to get through tough times."
Early this summer, Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $1 million to bring "Reading Rainbow" to disadvantaged schools. When the campaign closed on July 2, donors had chipped in more than $5.4 million.
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