Reading Rainbow App Partners with National Geographic Kids

 RRKidz, producers of the Reading Rainbow iPad app, have just announced a new partnership with National Geographic Kids, as well as an expansion of the Reading Rainbow library by adding an all new “Awesome People Island” filled with books and videos, hosted and narrated by LeVar Burton. Reading Rainbow, the award-winning children’s television series was aired by PBS from 1983 until 2009. Last year, Burton and RRKidz brought the popular reading program back as an app for the iPad. 

As a result of the National Geographic Kids partnership, in early 2013 Reading Rainbow will launch a branded island featuring books from National Geographic Kids’ most popular series, including Picture the Seasons, books filled with beautiful photography that capture the essence of different seasons; National Geographic Readers, easy-to-read books about exciting subjects kids care about; and the National Geographic Little Kids Look & Learn series of picture books for pre-readers.

The addition of the new “Awesome People” island will allow children to discover dozens of new books and video field trips about heroes, important historical figures, and everyday people who make a difference. Some of the new books on this inspiring island include numerous offerings from the highly respected “A Picture Book of…” series, including Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, and many others. In addition, children can journey on exciting video field trips, connecting the books they read to the world they live in. Exclusive real-world segments include a look into the Oval Office, an exciting view of Air Force One, and a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. In addition, the new island debuts an all new video series titled “I Love My Job Because…,” introducing children to the world of possibilities of who they can become one day.

 “I promised parents and children that the Reading Rainbow App would continually evolve, and with this major partnership with National Geographic Kids, we deliver on that promise,” said RRKidz Co-Founder LeVar Burton.

The Reading Rainbow App, available on the iPad, is a completely re-imagined and interactive experience reminiscent of the original TV series. The App, currently available on the iPad, features hundreds of fiction and nonfiction books from numerous acclaimed children’s publishers as well as newly produced and classic video field trips. The reading experience is customized to a child’s specific topics of interests and age. Each book in the library can be experienced as either “read on my own” or “read to me,” with voice-over narration by professional actors including Emmy award-winning actor LeVar Burton.

Image Credit: National Geographic


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