LeVar Burton’s soothing voice is exactly what the world needs right now.
On Wednesday, the legendary “Reading Rainbow” host announced he is launching “LeVar Burton Reads,” where he will read stories for all age groups live on his Twitter page, @LevarBurton.
The new series is similar to his podcast of the same name, in which he recites works from authors such as Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, and Ray Bradbury.
The “Roots” actor will read children’s literature on Mondays at noon ET, young adult fare on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. ET, and stories for adults on Fridays at 9 p.m. ET.
The first episode drops today, Friday. Burton will read Neil Gaiman’s “We Can Get Them for You Wholesale.”
Last month on social media, Gaiman — who also wrote “American Gods,” “Coraline,” and “Good Omens” — publicly gave Burton permission to read any of his stories.
You good Sir, are my hero! Sending love to you and yours during these turbulent times. 🙏🏾💜— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) March 25, 2020
In an interview with Variety published Thursday, Burton said he was inspired to jump-start his new project after seeing live-stream performances from musicians and DJs amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was recognizing the moment and stepping into it,” the 63-year-old told the publication. “I thought, ‘I could do that.’ This is something I love doing — reading aloud. That’s what I am, I’m a storyteller. I believe stories have the power to bring us together. Clearly there is a need.”
While speaking to Forbes on Friday, Burton discussed his enthusiasm for reading aloud, a passion that began in the third grade.
“It is one of my favorite modalities of storytelling — taking a writer’s words and interpreting them through the actor part of me,” he said.