Reading Rainbow App Review


We are always on the lookout for apps that our girls enjoy yet also have an educational component. Recently our girls have loved iPad apps like Toy Story and Kung Fu Panda 3 that tell the stories with voices and sound effects. They like being able to turn the pages and interact with the story.

Last night I read that LaVar Burton of Reading Rainbow fame has designed a new iPad app. Being a child in the 80’s and 90’s, I grew up watching Reading Rainbow at school and loved every minute of it. When I heard of the Reading Rainbow app I knew I wanted my girls to experience the same excitement for reading that I enjoyed as a kid.

This morning we downloaded the free Reading Rainbow app and the kids instantly jumped into the world of interactive reading. The app is much more than interactive books. My youngest daughter loved the sticker book and my oldest loved the LaVar Burton videos. The navigation is easy for children who have used an iPhone or iPad before. As children read books, the progress is tracked for parents.

We downloaded one book and the girls loved interacting with it. Most pages had a couple illustrations that they could click on and the object would move and make a sound. As Burton read the book, the paragraph or sentence would be highlighted so the girls could follow along. We noticed that the highlighting was a little ahead of the reading but it wasn’t a big deal.

The free app comes with one complimentary book, four stickers for the sticker book and the LaVar Burton videos. A subscription of $9.99 a month or $29.99 for six months (introductory offer) unlocks the rest of the books and stickers. My kids even liked the app with just one book though $30 for six months isn’t that bad of a price.

Definitely worth checking out if you have an iPad!


Posted on June 20, 2012, in App Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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