Lost Media Archive

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Storytime also known as Kino's Storytime  was a preschool series that ran from October 12, 1992 to September 1, 1997 on PBS and shares similarities to Reading Rainbow like reading actual children's books you can find in a library or bookstore with pictures from the books used. The main character was a puppet child named Kino as he is joined by two female human co-hosts, Anne Betancourt as Lucy and Marabina Jaimes as Mara. 

The series was produced by Los Angeles PBS affiliate KCET (which is no longer affiliated with the channel until 2019).

Most of the episodes were released on 10 VHS tapes from Strand Home Video. Three are known to still exist, but it is unknown who owns them

Found Episodes


  • Several celebrity guest readers are known to appear on the show such as John Goodman, Ellen DeGeneres, Meshach Taylor, Valerie Bertinelli, Tim Allen, Little Richard, Annie Potts, Wilford Brimley, John Ritter and many others
  • Kino made a few appearances in the VHS Kids for Character



KCET's Storytime coming up next promo


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