Reading Rainbow Coming to iPad

Reading Rainbow, the popular children’s television show that encouraged kids to read books, was shut down in 2006, much to pretty much everyone’s dismay. It had aired for over 20 years on PBS, but the network’s financial troubles were the nail in the Rainbow’s coffin. Now, fans of the show will be delighted to hear that it’s coming back – although, not on television.

Reading Rainbow will make its return to the media world via iPad app.

According to Fast Company, the show’s former host, LeVar Burton, has launched a for-profit venture called RRKidz that will produce a multimedia twist on Reading Rainbow’s old television format. Its first foray is that of the iPad app, which will feature 300 books at its launch and include voiceovers, animation, games, and videos.

RRKidz has technology at its disposal that will allow them to enhance a PDF version of a children’s book with multimedia content in “a matter of hours,” according to Burton. The app will have a monthly subscription setup that Burton hopes will lead children to read more books.

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