There’s no voice more soothing for storytime than “Reading Rainbow’s” LeVar Burton. He treated the assembled audience to an unexpected book reading at a 24-hour Extra Life stream for the podcast Rooster Teeth.
The charity drive raised money for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals with Burton providing a few readings, including Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes’ decidedly more adult children’s book “Go the F–k to Sleep.”
The original audiobook was recorded by Samuel L. Jackson, who is a perfect choice for the frustrated narrator who desperately wants his child to stop with all the questions and excuses and just go … well, you know.
In keeping with the spirit of the revived “Reading Rainbow,” which also received a huge boost thanks to a monumental Kickstarter campaign that netted it more than $5 million in donations, Burton also endorsed and read from more traditional fare from the world of children’s literature, including his own book “The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm.”
The Extra Life stream was a tremendous success, as touted by Rooster Teet via Twitter, raising $442,389 for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.
23454 posters sold & $243,030 in donations. $442,389 total raised. Words escape us. Thank you, RT Community and friends. #RTExtraLife
— Rooster Teeth (@RoosterTeeth) October 26, 2014
Watch LeVar Burton read the story to a delighted audience in the definitely NSFW video above. See him read his own book “The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm” below.