Over his 23-year run as host of Reading Rainbow, LeVar Burton inspired generations of children to discover the joy of books. A lifelong champion of literacy and public education, he continues to share his love of reading on the LeVar Burton Reads podcast – each episode diving into a great work of short fiction by the likes of Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler and Ray Bradbury.

In an interview for AV Club, Burton was asked to name his five favorite children’s books. With titles by Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, and himself, find LeVar’s reading list below. For more kid lit recommendations, dive into the reading lists of Elton John, Misty Copeland, and Hayao Miyazaki.


Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

The Rhino Who Swallowed A Storm by LeVar Burton

Anything by Dr. Seuss

Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

(via AV Club)