Reading Rainbow, the well-loved children’s brand, has launched a Web-based library of children’s books and story-driven educational video field trips for youngsters age 2–9. Built on the foundation of the industry-leading educational app that was launched in 2012 and the Peabody Award-winning television series, Skybrary was funded by a record-breaking 2014 Kickstarter campaign. Any child with Internet access can sample the adventure-based library of books and experiences Skybrary offers.
Skybrary offers seven unique, themed islands, each featuring a wide array of quality literature and video content. Animals, the arts, science, and more engage young readers and pre-readers, stimulating their curiosity and piquing their interest in the adventure of reading itself. More than 150 newly produced and classic video field trips with host LeVar Burton show children that they can “Go Anywhere, Be Anything” as they are taken behind the scenes to places like the White House, the Los Angeles Ballet, the Grand Canyon, and Cirque du Soleil.
“The importance of developing a passion for the written word can not be overstated — children who love to read have the greatest tool to reach their highest potential,” said the 12-time Emmy Award-winning Burton, in a release. “Our determination to encourage the love of reading and learning in every child, everywhere is more steadfast now than ever before.”
Skybrary is available starting May 13 at www.readingrainbow.com and offers a 14-day free trial with unlimited access to the complete digital library of books and videos. After the trial period, subscription plans are available for $9.99 for one month, $29.99 for six months and $49.99 for an annual membership (less than $5 a month for unlimited use).
For more information and to learn about the classroom version, visit www.readingrainbow.com.