LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow reboot is the biggest thing to hit Kickstarter since that meddlesome girl P.I. Veronica Mars. Having easily streamed past its initial $1 million goal, and nearing its secondary goal of $5 million, Burton and his team are giving it a big push that will have some very specific appeal to Trekkies. If you love Reading Rainbow, and if you love Star Trek, then Burton has a treat for you.
As new rewards for the Rainbow Kickstarter, Burton is offering tickets to four live Reading Rainbow events featuring many of your (possible) favorite Star Trek actors. The first one called “The Men of Star Trek” will feature Burton’s Star Trek: The Next Generation co-stars Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, and Michael Dorn, as well as Star Trek: Voyager’s Robert Picardo. The second segment called “The Women of Star Trek” will included Burton’s female castmates from TNG, Marina Sirtis and Gates McFadden, along with Voyager duo Jeri Ryan and Kate Mulgrew. (On the poster you’ll not that Mulgrew has her Orange is the New Black cast photo, which hopefully won’t scare any children off.)
The big one though is segment three and four, which features two generations of Enterprise captains: Patrick Stewart and William Shatner. (This is usually where I make a wise-crack about Shatner doing anything for money/attention, but it’s for a good cause so I’ll let it slide.)
Here’s what Burton had to say:
For over thirty years, I’ve loved sharing stories with children and meeting families. That’s why our pledge rewards already include the chance to attend a few special live storytime events that we’re calling Reading Rainbow Live! […]
Reading Rainbow Live! is a series of one-time-only events where I’m inviting you to bring your child and join us for a few hours. My friends and I will read from a few children’s books. We’ll all watch a classic episode of Reading Rainbow together, and everyone will go home with some special goodies. And afterward, there will also be a smaller Meet & Greet reception where a small number of families can join us to take photos, sign autographs and talk!
The above bolded text is taken from the announcement, and it’s reinforced in a later section:
These are going to be truly special events, so I hope you and your child will come out and join us. (And remember, we’ll be reading childrens’ books — so please use at least one of your three tickets to bring a child along!)
Translation: this is not a Trek convention. Trekkies are welcome, but for the love of all that is holy, be a Trekkie with kids!!! And donate to the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter because print is not dead yet, and reading is cool.