Alongside Sesame Street and The Electric Company, LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow will forever be ingrained as one of my favorite childhood TV shows. To this day, I'll occasionally find myself singing, "Butterfly in the sky...I can fly twice as high" for the sheer joy and memory of a show I watched nearly every day. I'm thrilled to discover I can now revisit the show about the love of books with kids on the iPad...
Designed for kids ages 3 to 9, the free to download Reading Rainbow app is actually a pay-per-read front for a library of 150 interactive books. Children will be asked their age, gender, and story preference before getting started exploring the interactive books with celebrities to enhance the experience.
The app is divided into themed islands: Animal Kingdom, My Friends, My Family and Genius Academy, with a mix of fiction and non-fiction books, just like the long-running TV show.
The first book download is free, then it's either a monthly recurring subscription for $9.99 or a six-month recurring subscription for $29.99 (watch out, it's an auto-renewal via iTunes).
(Image: Gregory Han)
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