As Reading Rainbow celebrates its 30th Anniversary this week I’ve been thinking a lot about celebrations in general: Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations… all the many ways in which we mark the passage of time and the important occasions in our lives!

Of course the most popular way to celebrate important occasions is with a party–we like to invite all of our favorite people to share special days with us! But there are many other ways in which people might mark a significant day. For example, my father passed away 14 years ago, and every year on the anniversary of his death I like to go on a hike to remember all the hikes he and I used to take together. I have a friend who marks each full moon by lighting a candle, and another friend who sews a quilt every December to represent the year that is coming to an end.

Each family–and each person–will have their own special days and traditions to celebrate. We would love to hear about yours! What are some of the important occasions YOUR family celebrates, and what are some of your favorite ways to mark each occasion?

The Reading Rainbow App has a number of books about occasions and celebrations, and some of the different complications that can crop up as we prepare to celebrate these events!

What will you be sara meeWhat Will You Be, Sara Mee? – Sara Mee is turning one and her family and friends gather for her tol, or first-birthday celebration. Food and presents abound, but most exciting of all is the traditional Korean prophecy game called the toljabee, which predicts what Sara Mee will be when she grows up.



Anansis Party TimeAnansi’s Party Time – When Turtle is tricked on his way to a party thrown by the spider Anansi, he plots to get even with the trickster by throwing a party of his own.




Gertie Gorillas Glorious GiftGertie Gorilla’s Glorious Gift – Gertie Gorilla is going to a birthday party, and she has a grand, great, glorious gift! But when the gift gets grubby in a soggy boggy gulch, what will Gertie do?




As for Reading Rainbow, we want to celebrate our 30th Anniversary by sending out a special THANK YOU to all of the kids, parents and families who have supported us through the years. We offer an extra-special thanks to those Reading Rainbow Kids who grew up watching the show, and are now sharing the magic of reading with their own kids through our iPad and Kindle apps!

Happy Reading!

Jenni Buchanan
Reading Rainbow Mom

thumbReading Rainbow’s mission is to inspire a love of reading in children and connect them to the world they live in through quality literature so they believe that they, “can go anywhere, be anything.”

Try our FREE iPad app in the App Store, download any of our Classic Reading Rainbow episodes on iTunes or learn more about Reading Rainbow and all our digital products at www.readingrainbow.com.

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