I can’t wait to tell you about two great Reading Rainbow products – the new DVD “Animal Cafe,” and a new online offering called SKYBRARY! The new DVD, features four episodes from the classic PBS series, while the new web-based SKYBRARY provides access to children’s books and story-driven educational video field trips (500+ books, 150+ video field trips). Your kids or students in school are going to love them both!
First let me share about the incredible Skybrary App or Online site where your kids can read, be read to, watch virtual field trip videos, and interact with cool effects within the books they’re reading! My daughter was so excited when I told her we get to have a subscription to the Reading Rainbow Skybrary app that she jumped up on my lap and hugged me! lol.
She had tried the awesome 14 day free trial before and was so sad when her time was up. This Skybrary experience is a must have for homeschoolers, or parents who wish to give their kids the opportunity to enjoy learning and reading on a daily basis through all the terrific books, videos and interactions on this site. You can use Skybrary on your computer, tablet, phone or other mobile device.
I highly recommend at least trying the 14 day free trial, but believe me … investing the small subscription price is well worth it! My kids are glued to reading right now! They were so drawn in by all the fun stories and videos that they sat as close as they could next to each other so they can see what the other was currently reading and check out two fun books at once! Too cute!
My four year old is now walking around the house telling us about Giant Pandas and Red Pandas eating bamboo 12 hours a day and how cute they are when the cubs roar. Check out this YouTube video I made of my 4 yr old imitating the panda cub on the Reading Rainbow Skybrary App!
The Skybrary experience allows the child to choose their own personal interests for books such as princesses, animals, vehicles, and more. They can even choose a themed “backpack” to store their chosen books in that they checked out and then return their books to the book return when they are done. You can see in the picture that my daughter chose the pretty pink princess backback for hers.
There is even a sticker rewards section that gives the students virtual stickers (after reading a book) that they can drag and place on different themed “islands” to decorate them. My four year old really loves this option and keeps wanting to read more books to earn more stickers! Yay!
I am so grateful for this amazing Skybrary subscription! It has been fun to see the kids blossoming in their reading skills while using it so often. They just LOVE using Skybrary!
My four year old uses the “Read to Me” feature, while my daughter switches often from “Read it myself” to the “Read to Me” feature and vice versa. She even has her little brother sit next to her and reads the story to him and lets him press the swirling spots on the pages that are interactive and they both giggle together watching the motion or action it created.
Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a free sample of the DVD and temporary subscription to Skybrary for the purpose of a review.
Now to share about the fun-filled and educational DVD called “Animal Cafe” by Reading Rainbow with La Var Burton! This DVD is a great Back to School item to have on hand for showing to students in your homeschool or classroom. I personally love reading quality books and Reading Rainbow does a tremendous job choosing the finest, high quality and award winning books to present to their readers and listeners during the Reading Rainbow DVD episodes.
These animated stories often feature a main message such as good morals and values, friendship, etc. and they usually have La Var introduce the story in a fun and unique way then he sums it up again at the end. My son and daughter like watching these before bedtime and also during homeschool time when I need them to have a good educational transition activity to calm them down from recess time outdoors or when I’m introducing a new theme in one of our subjects like reading or history.
This new “Animal Cafe” DVD we got to review is a fun filled and educational! LaVar Burton helps kids engage with this entertaining video by introducing each concept or lesson within it and the book the idea or story originates from. The interesting and sometimes even comical mini lessons he acts out during the episodes can be quite funny, but always worth watching and listening to the point in the story. One of our favorite episodes was the first one which takes us behind the scenes in areas of NY city and other great learning experiences. The kids were fascinated learning about bats, and the fish markets in NY.
These episodes are filled with suggestions on wonderful books that are packed with educational tidbits on these subjects. I really enjoyed the presentation of each episode and have always felt Reading Rainbow does a fabulous job providing top quality educational entertainment for kids of all ages.
Don’t miss starting the new school year off right and picking up a copy of the “Animal Cafe” DVD by Reading Rainbow for your kids or your classroom (if you’re a teacher). I highly recommend purchasing 6 months or a year’s worth of Skybrary App to enjoy throughout the months and watch your kids imaginations and interest in reading soar!