Reading Rainbow Remixed – get in the right mind frame for stories

Reading Rainbow RemixedReading Rainbow Remixed / In Your Imagination encourages a mindframe for stories and learning.


Bibliographic Info:  Boswell, J. D. (video producer/editor, aka Melody Sheep) Reading Rainbow Remixed / In Your Imagination  PBS Digital Studios (2012)  Format: Music Video  Platform: YouTube  Channel: Melody Sheep, PBS Digital Studios  Interest Level: all ages  Genre: TV program series musical remix  Themes:  Imagination, Singing and Music, Reading and Learning


StorytimeWow_FinalLogo-1Reading Rainbow Remixed was given the StorytimeWOW Marquee Seal on March 19th, 2015 and has been selected for the MusicVideoWOW collection.  Read the Storytime section below for details on why it was selected.


Summary:  Reading Rainbow Remixed/In Your Imagination is a music video that captures the mission of Reading Rainbow and its enthusiastic host LeVar Burton:  “to teach kids everywhere about the power of books and imagination.” (PBS Digital Studios)

Review:  Melody Sheep creates its musical video remixes by combining scenes from historic movies, TV shows and commercials with original songs produced with the audio from its source media and auto tune.  This musical tribute to Reading Rainbow and LeVar Burton is a celebration of books, reading and learning that captures the spirit of storytime.  It is also just one of many wonderful Melody Sheep videos in a series that celebrates inspirational and iconic heroes.


Storytime:  Reading Rainbow Remixed is the first video selected by StorytimeWOW.com for its MusicVideoWOW collection for storytime.  This “feel good” edutainment video is suggested for use prior to storytimes in libraries and classrooms.  Presenting this video will engage groups and unite attendees in the shared purpose of storytime.  It will also elevate your new media storytime.  Melody Sheep’s musical remixes are fun, creative and inspirational.  This video in particular will help your audience transition from whatever they’re thinking about to the right mindframe for stories and learning.

Reading Rainbow Remixed/In Your Imagination meets the StorytimeWOW Standards for Music Videos.  This video:

  • has universal appeal (it’s a mash-up of the beloved Reading Rainbow!)
  • has that “WOW” factor (it’s enjoyable for groups of children)
  • is well-suited for repetition (it can be played as a ritual element before storytimes)
  • provides viewers with a happy takeaway (it builds an appetite for stories)
  • is free of squirmy moments (as a regular “pre-show” element this video will attract and engage attendees as they are gathering)
  • hits the storytime target audience’s interest level (young children)
  • includes participation or lends itself to group interaction (children may be taught the chorus which is repeated)

Bibliotherapeutic Usefulness:  When presented just before reading aloud, Reading Rainbow Remixed acts like a brief orientation (or an attitude adjustment) for storytime.  The video also focuses listeners on the shared purpose of storytime and has an elevating effect. 

Watch-alikesMister Rogers Remixed/Garden of Your Mind/PBS Digital Studios  Mister Rogers Remixed (B-Side)/Sing Together/PBS Digital Studios   Steve Irwin Tribute/Wildest Things in the World/Melodysheep   Robin Williams/“Seize the Day”/Melodysheep    Bob Ross Remixed/Happy Little Clouds/PBS Digital Studios

Links:   Melody Sheep on YouTube   PBS Digital Studios on Youtube   Get the MP3

Early Childhood Education and Development:  The following lists the stand-out benefits of Reading Rainbow Remixed across various early childhood education (ECE) and child development checklists.

1. This video provides opportunities to utilize the Early Literacy-building Parent Practices (see full list of parent practices here):

  • Singing helps children learn new words and vocalize.

2. This video follows Common Core Guidelines (see full list here):

  • Integrate more new media materials and technology.  Cultivate media literacy by modeling media literacy behaviors.
  • Create a more participatory culture in group programs and classroom settings.  Use materials that invite participation and keep learners engaged.

Why I Chose to Review this Video:  Curating a collection of storytime videos is a really cool project.  It’s something I have been thinking about for over a decade!  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to make it happen as part of my grad school program at SJSU.

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Written by Tom Schween, founder of storytimeWOW!