By the real raskol
VERY costly app in both money and time for parents and frustration for kids. The app constantly asks for the password which requires the parent to enter. Of course you'll forget your password and spend 15 minutes reseting it. Then your child will not use the app for 3 months, in the meantime you'll be charged for another 6 month or year subscription which you have no time to cancel nor warning of the recurring charge upcoming. Don't get suckered. Buy your kids some real books and read them to your children. You know? Like real parents.
Could be so much better
I've backed this since the Kickstarter campaign and subscribed since the app was released. I really, really, really want to use this more, but I don't find my son and I using it all that much. Why?
Finding books is clunky. There is no listing of books by authors. Often how we find a new book is by reading a book by an author and liking it, then going and finding more of their books. Absolutely no way to do that here.
No search. There's a search button, but it tells you search is coming soon. It's been three years...
Only five books at a time. The backpack idea is cool, but come on. I should be able to add books to an endless list, like shows/movies in Netflix. Since you can only download five at a time, if my son rejects those five (or we read them all and want another), we have to find another book and wait for it to load, etc.
The sticker thing is still 'coming soon'. What's with putting buttons in your app that don't work?
Finally, and perhaps biggest to me, although admittedly my son probably doesn't care, the books are low quality images. Children's books that I buy on iBooks look gorgeous on the big iPad Pro. But in Skybrary they don't take up the whole screen and are all pixelated.
Offline reading. It's back now, but why was it ever gone?
I really wish this app was easier to use and more functional. I really support the mission behind it and want it to succeed. Unfortunately, as it is it doesn't feel like a cutting edge app and service.
Still a great app!
This app is great because not only do my kids love it, I mean LOVE IT, but as a parent I can trust all the content in this app. The diversity of the books available are outstanding. My 5 year is reading about everything from Hanukkah to Sir Cumference math stories to stories about monsters, pirates and fairies...oh my! All the while totally engaged and entertained. And, that's just the books, I could write another review just on the quality and subject depth of the video field trips alone. The world of Reading Rainbow inspires my kids imaginations and sparks conversations about the mysteries of the world, which brings me great joy. It's the starting place for so much that I can then add to and that's truly priceless. All that plus LeVar as their guide, need I say more. Sure, the apps not perfect, no apps are, but I trust that these guys will continue to develop it and that's all I could ask for for my dollars.
The price is more manageable but...
... Everything that we didn't like about it last time we subscribed is still broken and more. In some books, books that have been in Skybrary for years, animations pop-over the text and stay there whether you tap on them or not, obscuring most the text on that page before you or your child can read it!!! Yes, even and especially in the pre-K books!
Rather than fixing this app or the versions for Android/Kindle, it seems that all pretense at quality control has been dropped across the board.
Amazing!!! I grew up watching reading rainbow, very educational! I downloaded the app for daughter,3 years ago, & she loves it!!!
Downloaded but no books to choose from
I downloaded this and there are no books to choose from
You guys broke the app
By Andrew Kennerly
Your app will NOT work when the parental controls for the iPad are turned on to limit websites. I can not find this addressed in the FAQ and it should be since you are, you know a kid app, and maybe your consumers want to have their parental controls turned on. You should provided all the website your app needs to reach out too in order to function properly so that parents can still have your app and have their parental controls still turned on their iPads at the same time. I don't like having to disable the parental controls in order to use your app.
UPDATE: I think I fixed the problem with parental controls. If you white list readingrainbow.com for the safari app, the reading rainbow app will the be able to download books from within the reading rainbow app. Apparently it piggy backs off safari somehow.
The app was sonnig better before your updates broke it!
By Frustrated In TN
We absolutely loved the app, but after the new updates we have been disappointed. We can no longer access anything if we don't have an internet connection! This is very frustrating when traveling!
By RossCrew #6
We've had the app for Reading Rainbow practically since it started & loved it. My ten year old had every sticker available & the 3 year old just got her profile and first batch of stickers. We used the reading history as a memory timeline. Now no picture, no history - that one is heartbreaking-and it shuts off three or four times every book & we have to keep restarting the book. It's frustrating & the girls are getting fed up. It's sad that constant tweaking has ruined a great app.
Frustrated my preschooler
By Mom of frustrated preschooler
My daughter and I loved the original app, she would read books before nap and bedtime. There were nights she asked for Reading Rainbow because it was so fun. She can't even download books without me lifting the restrictions, this is ridiculous. Please allow offline reading and book selection.
My daughter gave me her iPad after an hour of trying to download book, she's disappointed in the updates.
Great Reading App for my 5 yr old.
My 5 year old daughter loves this app. She loves story time and loves when someone reads to her. She loves watching the field trip videos. Missing search feature I heard it is coming soon. LeVar inspired an entire generation to read I am glad he is back inspiring this generation.
My kids love it!
I am so happy to see Reading Rainbow and LeVar Burton continuing to do such great work! I appreciate the diversity of books and videos offered at a variety of reading levels. My two boys love the books being read to them and clicking on the fun interactive animations. Thank you RR for making reading fun! 😊