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Reading Rainbow Episode Explores the Issue of Children With Incarcerated Parents

1/11/2005:   Reading Rainbow, the award-winning children's television program, is airing an episode in January devoted to a book about a child who visits her father in prison.

Host LeVar Burton introduces viewers to Visiting Day, a book by Jacqueline Woodson about a young girl and her grandmother who make the long bus trip every month to visit the girl's father in prison. The program explains what life is like for kids when a parent is incarcerated and what it's like for a parent who can't be at home with his family. The episode is also airing in April. Visit www.readingrainbow.com to check local broadcast listings for when the episode is airing, to download a free teacher's guide for the episode, or to order the program on DVD or VHS.

Reading Rainbow is the Public Broadcasting System's critically acclaimed, half-hour television series devoted to turning children on to books and reading. The series targets children ages 4-8 and is based on research identifying these early years as the optimum time for children to learn to read, and to adopt positive reading habits, skills, and attitudes.

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