Reading Rainbow, the beloved PBS series starring LeVar Burton, has been reborn in this iPad app. The free version allows access to one book with interactive pictures, read aloud by a professional narrator—often Burton himself—as well as short videos, both new and from the original series. The paid version ($30 for a six-month subscription) unlocks hundreds of picture books, both fiction and non-fiction. Kids select their books by visiting themed “islands,” such as Action Adventures & Magical Tales, Awesome People, or National Geographic Kids. The depth of the library is impressive, as are the videos. They include fun romps with Burton to meet interesting people, as well as beautiful National Geographic videos about places and animals all over the world. This is an expensive app, but if you have a kid between the ages of 3 and 9, it’s worth it.
More info | Price: free version; six-month subscription $30.