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Reading Rainbow Skybrary Family (Kindle Tablet Edition)

by Reading Rainbow
Rated: All Ages

Price: Free Download
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 2.0.7
  • Skybrary is now Skybrary Family! Why the new name? We're proud to announce that our sister product Skybrary School is live and ready for use in your child's classroom. If you love Reading Rainbow's Skybrary, tell your teacher to try Skybrary School.
  • What you'll find in version 2.0.7
  • • Greater access - Your Kindle subscription now unlocks access to Skybrary Family on any web browser
  • • Improved support for the Fire (2015) 7" tablet
  • • Improved support for devices in FreeTime mode
  • • Minor bug fixes and enhancements

Product Details



Product Features

  • Enjoy unlimited access to over 500 quality children's books
  • Discover 200+ educational video field trips with LeVar Burton
  • Never stop reading and learning, with new content added every week
  • Unlock interactive animations that bring the stories to life
  • Find tailored book recommendations based on your child's age and interests
  • Create customized profiles for up to 3 children at no additional cost
  • Choose "Read to Me" or "Read by Myself" for each book
  • Encourage further reading with fun and motivational digital rewards
  • Track your reader's progress with a Parent Dashboard

Product Description

Spark a lifelong love of learning in your young reader with Skybrary Family. Join everybody’s favorite storyteller, LeVar Burton, on a fun and fantastical journey through an ever expanding world and interactive library of digital books and video field trips. Download the app today and try it for FREE!

The Skybrary platform picks up where the beloved children’s television series, Reading Rainbow®, left off, bringing its mission of comprehension and intellectual engagement into the Digital Age. By infusing digital books with purposeful interactivity, engaging narration by master storytellers, and pairing them with delightful videos hosted by LeVar Burton, Skybrary captures the magic of the original show while helping children find relevance and understand context in their reading.

For children, Skybrary is an immersive world of reading discovery, where they can pilot their own personal hot air balloons through seven magical islands, each home to hundreds of quality books and videos that celebrate diversity, family, and the world around us. Young readers are free to explore the topics they love most as well as discover new areas of interest.

WHAT MAKES SKYBRARY FAMILY BY READING RAINBOW SO SPECIAL?

• Supports increased reading frequency and literacy development
• Enhances a child’s relationship to reading by making it fun, interesting, and relevant
• Embodies the educational values of the beloved Emmy award-winning PBS TV series Reading Rainbow
• Designed to engage young minds within the context of a modern family’s busy lifestyle
• Provides healthy, interactive, educational screen time

HOW THE SKYBRARY FAMILY APP WORKS:

• Register for free, then 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 recurring).
• Your subscription is for your Amazon account and can be used on additional Kindles you own and across the web on any browser.
• Your subscription will auto-renew unless auto-renewal is cancelled at least 24 hours before the end of the current subscription period. You may turn off auto-renewal at any time from your Amazon account settings.
• Subscriptions cannot be cancelled during the active subscription period.

TESTIMONIALS:

“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

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

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

Reading Rainbow ® WNED-Buffalo. Skybrary ® RRKIDZ Inc.
Skybrary Family © RRKIDZ Inc. / All Rights Reserved

Technical Details

Size: Varies by device (127.5MB - 181.4MB)
Version: 2.0.7
Developed By: Reading Rainbow ( Privacy Policy Click to see complete result in a new window )
Application Permissions: ( Help me understand what permissions mean )
  • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
  • Open network sockets
  • Access information about networks
  • Read from external storage
  • Write to external storage
Minimum Operating System: Android 2.3.3
Approximate Download Time: More than 5 minutes

Customer Reviews

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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I paid for the monthly subscription but it will not work on my kindle. I've been emailing 'Jane' at RRKidz customer service back and forth and they were not able to offer any help. When I asked for a refund of the money, they have very conveniently refused to email me back. The first several emails were answered within a few hours, and the last 2 emails asking for my money back have gone unanswered for 3 full days. I am very disappointed in this app and subscription, as well as with Reading Rainbow itself. The app looked very promising and I eagerly supported the kickstarter. I regret that now. I would give them zero stars if I could, just based on the buggy app and very poor customer service.
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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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