I grew up in a time when it was perfectly okay to let the TV babysit your kids, so I am endlessly thankful that the TV that raised me was PBS. I honestly can't imagine my life without the love and wisdom that I got every day from shows like Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood and Reading Rainbow.
Reading Rainbow is one of those things that means so much to me I honestly start freaking out (in a good way) even thinking about it. It wasn't just that the show told me that reading would open up whole new worlds. I knew that already. I depended on it. It taught me that reading and writing could help us change the world we already existed in. If it was out there, you could learn about it. If you could imagine it, you could make it.
Most importantly, it did all of this through stories, which we are all so hungry for our entire lives. What is life but finding the astonishing little places where your story lines up with mine?
Reading Rainbow has a great tablet app, but their Kickstarter project could bring new episodes to a whole new generation of classrooms. This show subtly and kindly teaches kids to embrace diversity, question their limitations, and make thoughtful choices. The world needs all of these things so desperately. Please, if you have even five dollars to give, this is the worthiest kind of cause!