Reading Rainbow Reinvented for the Next Generation

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Butterfly in the sky…

If you can finish that phrase and have the song running through your head you know exactly what I’m talking about! Did you grow up watching Reading Rainbow? I sure did, and I know Reading Rainbow helped turn me into the avid reader that I am. I grew up watching my favorite childhood books come alive on the TV screen both at home and in the classroom.

Now our kids can enjoy the Reading Rainbow experience for the next generation through the Reading Rainbow SKYBRARY. Available from RRKidz, the SKYBRARY is a magical world full of books, educational videos, and interactive activities that takes Reading Rainbow to a whole new level.


Each child has their own personal hot hair balloon to take them throughout the seven island themes inside the SKYBRARY. There are more than 500 books that children can choose to “read by myself” or “read to me” making the experience interactive and engaging for children of all ages.  New books are added regularly which keeps the content fresh. There are interactive activities within the books as well as a backpack where the child can “check out” books to read much like visiting the library.


In addition to the books there are over 150 video field trips, some new and some classic Reading Rainbow material, through which host LeVar Burton teaches children they can in fact “Go Anywhere, Be Anything”. My 5 year old loves watching the videos about music and dance while my 2 year old enjoys watching the videos about different animals.

Although there is a subscription fee of $9.99 to use the SKYBRARY you can sign up for a free 14-day trial that provides unlimited access to the complete digital library of books and videos.

If you’re interested in something a little more nostalgic there is also a new Reading Rainbow DVD available!


[color-box]“Reading Rainbow: Animal Café” features 4 classic episodes.


  • “Animal Cafe” read by Martin Short
  • “The Tortoise and the Hare” read by Gilda Radner
  • “Ludlow Laughs,” read by Phyllis Diller
  • “Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message” read by Nicholson Earl Billey

I thought my daughters might find Reading Rainbow to be a little boring since it’s one of Mommy’s old “classic shows”, and my old shows usually don’t hold their attention. Reading Rainbow is definitely the exception. Both of my girls loved watching the Reading Rainbow DVD with me, and my 2 year old brings me the DVD after breakfast each morning ready to watch again! I highly recommend it for any Reading Rainbow fan with children of their own. It’s sure to be a family hit!

“Reading Rainbow: Animal Café” is now available at retailers like Target and Amazon for $6.99. The run time is approximately 120 minutes.

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Jenn is from Upstate, SC, and loves that she gets to work from home to be with her two little girls. Jenn has been happily married to her very own Superman, Ben, for over a decade, and spends her time reading, writing short stories, doing freelance work and blogging, crafting, riding motorcycles, watching Clemson football, and enjoying life with her family.

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  1. Wonderful! Reading Rainbow was such a great program!

  2. This is really neat and something I think my son would enjoy!