Kids of the 80’s and 90’s, remember Reading Rainbow??? No big deal, just the awesome show where LeVar Burton taught you that books can take you on magical journeys and made hanging out at libraries seem pretty cool. Guest appearances from celebrities and field trips to cool places didn’t hurt either.
Also, I’m 99% sure that Reading Rainbow has the catchiest theme song of all time. Play it loud and proud, people!
You may have thought Reading Rainbow was long gone, like your Alf lunchbox or classic Lisa Frank folder, but don’t fret! LeVar Burton is still bringing awesome books to kids even though the show is off the air. Reading Rainbow is back, but now it’s an app! Through the app, kids get access to hundreds of books and cool video field trips, just like the show.
You don’t have to take my word for it. In this video, LeVar walks you through how the app works, with a little help from an animated friend:
The app is free to download, although content is updated for subscribers only. The cost is about $5 a month, which is a great value for a kid who reads a lot. If there’s a kid in your life who would appreciate it, the Reading Rainbow app comes highly recommended with great reviews. Why not encourage a youngster to take a look, it’s in a book… well, you know the song.
Let’s get nostalgic… What were your favorite educational shows when you were a kid? Let us know in the comments!
–Megan L. TakeLessons Staff Member and Blogger