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Reading Rainbow (Kindle Tablet Edition): Learn & Read with A Library of Children's Books, Kids Videos & Educational Games

by Reading Rainbow
Rated: Guidance Suggested
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)

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Latest Updates

What's new in version 2.0.1
  • - Version 2.0.1: Stability enhancements and bug fixes
  • - Version 2.0.0: Thanks to your feedback, we have fixed the following with our latest update: Upgraded look and feel is now optimized for Kindle. New Parent Dashboard lets you spark family conversations with a shared reading experience. Now you can sync reader profiles across multiple devices/platforms.

Product Details

  • ASIN: B00B9K2TSQ
  • Release Date: February 5, 2013
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,964 Free in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Free in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • #1 educational App with a curated digital library of over 400 fiction and non-fiction books
  • More than 150 exclusive educational video field trips with host LeVar Burton
  • New books and videos added every week
  • Recommendations based on your child's age and interests
  • Two modes of reading; Read to Me or Read by Myself
  • Fun interactive animations in every book
  • Games and rewards to motivate reading
  • One subscription works for up to 5 children
  • Sync reader profiles across multiple devices/platforms
  • Spark family conversations as you track your child's progress with the NEW Parent Dashboard

Product Description

Hosted by LeVar Burton, the reimagined Reading Rainbow includes an unlimited library of books and video field trips to encourage your child's love of reading.

• The #1 Educational App that inspired the Kickstarter campaign to "Bring Reading Rainbow Back to Every Child, Everywhere"
• Over 25 million books read & video field trips enjoyed by children
• 5-star award-winning learning App recognized by Common Sense Media, Mom's Choice, Dr. Toy and more
• Based on the beloved Emmy award-winning PBS TV series

Children ages 3-9 explore worlds of reading to discover storybooks and learn about such topics as animals, friends, family, science, space, music, and more. Each book comes alive as children read-along with audio storytelling by spoken word Grammy winner Burton himself, and his hand selected group of actors.

Plus, over 150 exclusive video field trips take children on adventures to visit fascinating people and places. Introduce your child to the fun of reading with Reading Rainbow – download it FREE.

*Note: The Reading Rainbow App does not currently work with the Kindle FreeTime service.


• Free to try, select up to 5 books and enjoy a sampling of educational video field trips.
• Subscribe and unlock an unlimited reading experience for your child: 1 Month "Explorer" for $9.99, 6 Months "Voyager" for $29.99 or 1 Year "Adventurer" for $49.99 (all subscriptions are reoccurring).
• Customized profiles for up to 5 children in a family, at no additional cost.
• Your subscription is for your Kindle account and can be used on additional Kindle devices you own.
• Payments will be charged to your account at confirmation of purchase.
• Your subscription will auto-renew unless auto-renewal is canceled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period.  You may turn off auto-renewal at any time from your Amazon Kindle account settings for subscriptions.
• Subscriptions cannot be cancelled during the active subscription period.


"We've never before seen as diverse a library offered up" – Common Sense Media

"The vibrant games, beautiful illustrations, and cute animation all make for an interactive experience, but kids get hooked on reading books" – PC Mag

"The benefit to children's literacy development cannot be overlooked" – Smart Apps for Kids

"I love this app and I highly recommend it for children" - Wired Magazine’s GEEKMOM

Technical Details

  • Size: Varies by device (133MB - 209.4MB)
  • Version: 2.0.1
  • Developed By: Reading Rainbow (Privacy Policy Click to see complete result in a new window)
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Read from external storage
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Allows an app to hide softkeys on Kindle devices
    • Access information about networks
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.3.3
  • Approximate Download Time: More than 5 minutes

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Wonderful May 24, 2013
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This is marvelous. It has everything I've been looking for but failing to find in a reading app for my nearly 4 y.o. daughter. There are hundreds of books in all manner of styles about a wide variety of subjects, from whimsical fun to exploratory science. The app's interface is fun and easy for my daughter to navigate, and with a subscription-based pay schedule, I don't have to worry about her accidentally buying something. A brief overview:

-Your child will have a "backpack" (he or she can choose one of several designs, and have fun switching it around) to which they can download five books. These books will be stored on your device, so it won't need to be connected to the internet for your child to access these books. When they wish to get a new book, they can drag one of their book icons into the "return" slot in their backpack, which will delete the book. Then when connected to wifi, they can go find another one to checkout.

-They find books on one of several "islands." These islands are thematically organized, and full of books. Each book has an icon of the cover, and your child can drag what they choose into their backpack to "checkout." We've read dozens of books so far, and they are all very high quality, and carefully chosen. When you can't be there to read to your child, the readers are all excellent. LeVar Burton reads several. Books that are especially appropriate for your child's age and interests are marked. National Geographic Kids has their own island.

-There are many little extras in the app. The best of which are the video clips. Each island has many video clips to watch, informative and delivered with Mr. Burton's charismatic gentle intelligence. I think they're taken from the television show.
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106 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The benefit of Reading Rainbow AND a reader... April 10, 2013
By Lisa M
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My daughter got a Kindle Fire for her birthday and I found that RR had an app for it. It is awesome. My daughter LOVES it, as we have always loved reading and Reading Rainbow.

To have such quality children's literature literally at our fingertips, where she can read whatever she wants, whenever she wants, for a very low cost.

I read someone's negative review on the iTunes App Store, that they expected free books. I am an author myself, and it is horrendous to think that someone would expect an author to just arbitrarily give their work away. That is their work! They deserve to be paid for it!

The app is wonderful. The selection of reading material is wonderful. My daughter will be turning 10 but I doubt seriously she'll be outgrowing this anytime soon. Thank you for this, Levar Burton! So good to see you back!
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95 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent program March 22, 2013
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I really really like this App, it feels much nicer to hand my kindle over to my daughter (3) and have her have a narrator read her the same story over and over, than to let her watch something terrible on netflix streaming (she can find my little ponies in under 3 seconds). Much like watching old Mr. Rogers, visiting with Lavar again has been an unexpected treat.
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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good app for my kids. April 15, 2013
By Maria B
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My kids love this app because it reads to them and has little moving graphics on the pages of the book. I like it because it's educational and not TV. I do wish the selection of books was wider though.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better after latest update! May 29, 2013
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UPDATE: They fixed the bugs and this app now works perfectly. We are very pleased with it and it's definitely worth the $19.99 subscription. Don't be put off by the seemingly high price, it works out to $3.33 a month for a ton of books! We have a pretty pitiful local library, so this app is wonderful for us.

Now they just need to make it so multiple kids can use it and have their own settings.

This app is extremely glitchy for the price. I paid for the $19.99 subscription and I'm already regretting it. My 5yo is getting very frustrated that the app is constantly freezing up and taking forever to load things. It seems like you can't do ANYTHING without getting the 'non-responsive force close' pop-up. VERY frustrating and annoying for an adult, now imagine how the child feels! When she finally gets her book to load she enjoys it very much, so with work this could be a 5-star app and well worth the subscription fees. Until then, it's a 2-star app.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Seriously disappointed May 23, 2013
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After subscribing ($7.99/month or $19.99/6 months), only 2 islands' books load, sometimes the book icons are blank. This app is Very Buggy. This had better be fixed soon, or I will be looking for a refund.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the jury is still out May 14, 2013
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I am still trying to figure out how to work the subscription so that each of my children can have their own backpackers and their own book wish lists.
I like how the app is set up I just wish there was multiple users settings.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unable to subscribe (Updated) May 31, 2013
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I grew up with and still to this day love Reading Rainbow but this app is seriously flawed. I've been trying since Sunday to subscribe to the content and I keep getting a processing error.

I contacted Amazon customer service on Sunday morning after spending the app and followed the troubleshooting process provided.

I went under settings and cleared the data for both the Appstore and Reading Rainbow app and then synced my account. This process didn't work and the rep advised me they would check with the developer on this issue. I also have sent a request to the publisher and the response which came in my email on Thursday May 30th from both Amazon and the publisher were to follow the steps listed above.

I have since reset to factory conditions & 're-registered my kindle fire HD in the hopes of the app working and accepting my subscription request to no avail.

Until this can be fixed, I will have to keep this review at 1 star. I would gladly give this a 5 star rating if I could subscribe for my 5 year old son.

*****Update 6/3/2013*****

After being contacted by Reading Rainbow customer service and a follow up email from Amazon, I was able to finally subscribe to the app. The content is great and my review is being updated to 5 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Best kids app
This is one of the best apps for kids. My daughter is 4 and she loves it. However there are a few glitches that really need to be worked out. It quits unexpectedly. Read more
Published 1 day ago by erobb
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Developers did an excellent job with this app. Very engaging for kids who are not inclined to read on their own. Pulls them in with beautiful pictures and sounds. Read more
Published 11 days ago by VG444
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool for preschoolers
We are having fun learning. I home school my daughter (3.5yrs old) and we use the kindle and some of the games on it to make learning fun and as a change so we don't keep things so... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jeniffer Andrews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
We never could get the books to download to open and read :(
Published 14 days ago by Ellie Shupe
1.0 out of 5 stars error city
Awful, books would freeze during download, set it aside to give time to complete and error message would result. Not a single book worked
Published 19 days ago by JK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My kids love playing this and watching the videos
Published 22 days ago by MEME
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
This is probably a fantastic app, but it does not work within my kids' Kindle Freetime settings. Very disappointing.
Published 23 days ago by Serendipity
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Free
Says its a free app but the only thing free about it is the download. You are unable to read or do anything on it without setting up a subscription.
Published 28 days ago by Stephystabwounds
3.0 out of 5 stars Good!
Love the idea of this app. My biggest disappoint is the that the theme song only plays for a few seconds when you open it. I wish it would play the whole thing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Angela Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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