So, I got this box in the mail, and I had no clue what it was. Turns out, it was my rewards package from Kickstarter for funding Levar Burton's Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere! It had been a few months since the end of the funding period, so I was surprised when I received and unknown package in the mail. Something on the box to tell me it was something I ordered eight months ago, would have helped.
Like many my age, we grew up with public television shows. Reading Rainbow was one of the standouts. I will admit that I am not much of a reader, but I usually tried to hunt down books featured in the PBS show. Oh, and several years later I was really into Star Trek: The Next Generation. I have been a fan of LeVar Burton for a while, as many of my peers are. So, when LeVar Burton launches a Kickstarter campaign, it gets funded within a few hours. Over 105,000 backers pledged over $5.4 million dollars to the campaign.
There were a ton of rewards with this campaign. Everything from bumper stickers to a private dinner in the officer's lounge with Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge. No really, a private dinner with LeVar Burton. One of the things I wanted was a signed copy of LeVar's book. What could be better than a book written by the guy who introduced many to...well, books.
Here is what I got.
|Reading Rainbow reward package|
- Tan Reading Rainbow logo T-shirt, with the famous quote, "But you don't have to take my word for it."
- Black 8-Bit T-shirt. "Power up with Reading Rainbow"
- Coffee Mug with 8-Bit logo
- 8-Bit logo magnet
- 2015 Calender with birthdays of authors (including LeVar Burton) marked.
- The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, a children's book by LeVar Burton
|Close up of magnet and LeVar Burton's autograph.|
Once again, LeVar Burton is encouraging kids to read and bringing books to kids, everywhere.