The canceled PBS television show Reading Rainbow is back thanks to the iPad. Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton told Engadget that he decided to re-imagine the show as an iPad app after the public outcry over its cancellation.
Children can choose between four themed islands to discover new books and videos customized to their age and interests. Users are also rewarded with digital stickers for frequent reading and performing other tasks. The app currently includes 150 books and 16 video field trips with more to be added later.
The Reading Rainbow app is free to download from the App Store, but you will need to pay $10 a month to gain access to the content. There is also a introductory price of $29.99 for six months.
- 150 interactive books; frequent updates expand the library
- Recommendations customized to your child
- 16 video field trips and more to come
- Interactive activities in every book
- Reward program to motivate reading
- Parent dashboard to share a child’s reading progress
How the Reading Rainbow App Works
- Reading Rainbow is a library service of interactive books, videos and more for children ages 3 to 9.
- All app users may select a single book and view introductory videos for free.
- To subscribe and receive unlimited access to the library, choose either a monthly recurring subscription for $9.99 or a six-month recurring subscription for $29.99.
- Your subscription is for your iTunes account and can be used on additional iPads you own.
- Payments will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase.
- Your subscription will auto-renew unless auto-renewal is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. You may turn off auto-renewal at any time from your iTunes account settings.
- Subscriptions cannot be cancelled during the active subscription period.