This has been such an INCREDIBLE year!
One year ago, we were getting ready to hit “GO!” on the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign. The Reading Rainbow team huddled around computers, and watched closely as EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU pledged in support of our mission. Our dream has always been to instill a passion for reading and show children how they can experience the fun of learning through the world of literature.
We turned to you - the biggest believers, fans, helpers and supporters who showed us the true meaning of generosity while we raised over 600% of our original goal. Our Kickstarter message board was immediately flooded with words of encouragement and telling stories from individuals describing how Reading Rainbow touched their own lives and inspired them.
The pledges raised made it possible for us to support the technology and resources needed to provide access to the world of Reading Rainbow for “Every Child, Everywhere”...at home, at school and at the library. The funding will also allow us to provide our new Reading Rainbow service to select schools in need, for free.
Today, we bring you a milestone moment in Reading Rainbow history. Without further ado, here's a VERY important message from LeVar.
As LeVar said in his video, we are proud to present...
-Adventure to islands in the sky filled with hundreds of books & videos for kids!
Skybrary is an all-new web-based digital library of hand-curated children’s books and story driven educational video field trips that we’ve created for kids age 2-9. Young readers and pre-readers pilot their own personal hot air balloons amongst Skybrary’s seven unique themed islands, each featuring a wide array of quality literature and video content.
-Over 500 hand-curated children’s books from esteemed authors & acclaimed publishers.
These engaging worlds of animals, music, adventure, science, heroes, friends and family feature over 500 books from esteemed authors and acclaimed publishers, made available to children as “read by myself” or “read to me,” and contain interactive elements that enhance enjoyment while preserving the reading experience.
-Go Anywhere, Be Anything with over 150 new & classic video field trips!
Over 150 newly produced and classic video field trips with host LeVar Burton show children 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.
- Now kids can use the Skybrary service across multiple platforms
At home? Log in on your PC or Mac! In the car? The iPad and Kindle Fire make a great way for kids to read while on the road! Want to share with Grandma how much your kids have read? Log in ANYWHERE to access the Parent Dashboard.
-WAIT! THERE’S MORE ON THE HORIZON
An Android-specific version for tablets will be available in early summer and the highly anticipated CLASSROOM VERSION of Skybrary by Reading Rainbow, including standards-based lesson plans, a complete teacher dashboard, and other educator-specific tools will be rolled out this Fall.
NOW is the time to inspire the next generation of children to be as passionate about reading as YOU are! But you don’t have to take OUR word for it, just watch the trailer:
Go explore Skybrary, the inspiring service that YOU helped build, and start your reading adventure TODAY!
Go ahead, grab your child’s hand, jump in your own hot air balloon, and visit Reading Rainbow to start your FREE trial of Skybrary. If you pledged for a reward that includes a free 1-month or 12-month subscription to Skybrary, you’ll receive a redemption code from Backerkit later today!
Backers...thank you for believing in Reading Rainbow. Thank you for supporting our mission to bring Reading Rainbow to “Every Child, Everywhere”. Thank you for your patience, your love, your endless kind notes and friendly emails. We are so unbelievably proud of Skybrary and you TOO should be proud for making this all happen. Through Skybrary, we truly believe that Reading Rainbow is a safe harbor that delivers on our 32 year mission to be the FUN place for kids and the RIGHT place for parents.
With many heartfelt thanks,