I’ll bet Reading Rainbow played a role in the lives of just about every reader of this post. The show was on the air for 23 years, bridging generations and making reading fun and interesting to so many children.
Now former Reading Rainbow host, LeVar Burton, has brought the Emmy Award winning show to the iPad in the form of a super-cool children’s eReader app.
As you will see in the app trailer video below, the new Reading Rainbow app organizes books by categories and then allows you to borrow books like a virtual library. Children can either read the borrowed books or have the books read to them. They are also rewarded for each book they read.
The app also features a video library that contains new and classic video footage from the show.
The app was released about a week ago by RRKidz for the iPad and is free to download, but to borrow and read books, there is a $9.99 monthly fee. The recommended age of use is 3-9 years old.
Providing you can protect it as much as humanly possible, an iPad is an awesome tool for learning. I suspect this app will do very well and can’t wait until my son is a bit older to start using it. At 9 months, he is already learning the basics of the iPad with the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse appisode!