A love of reading is one of the greatest gifts that you can give to a child. Not only will it stick with them for the rest of their lives, it will open their imaginations and open their world to countless possibilities. Many of us remember Reading Rainbow from our childhoods, watching “by picking up a book, [you] could go anywhere and be anything.” An iOS app released earlier this year brings Reading Rainbow back for the next generation of children with hundreds of books and videos (featuring read-yourself as well as read-to-me modes), with an Android app expected later this year. As if that news weren’t exciting enough, a Kickstarter campaign has just begun that takes things a step further.
Believing that all people have both a right and a need to be able to read, this project is seeking to raise one million dollars to bring Reading Rainbow and their exceptional reading curriculum to the Internet in a way that reaches: every child, in every home, in every classroom, everywhere.
With 34 days left to go on the Kickstarter countdown clock, Reading Rainbow has reached nearly half of their goal. With incentives (for a Star Trek geek like me) that include things like a signed head-shot of LeVar Burton or a live chat with the star himself, contributing seems like a win-win!