Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Reading Rainbow for the Digital Generation

This morning my twitter feed was swamped with links to the Reading Rainbow kickstarter.

Reading Rainbow was a highlight of my childhood. I watched it every day. I had daydreams of being one of the kids that got to share their favorite books on the show (which sheds some light on all of the book blogging I've done for the past few years). I might have teared up a bit, just like the teacher in the kickstarter video, as the strains of the theme song drifted in from my cherished memories.

"Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high..."

I took the "take a look, it's in a book" line very seriously as a child. Still do.

There is an award-winning Reading Rainbow app, but that is limited to children who have tablets. This project aims to bring Reading Rainbow, it's library and field trips onto the web and into classrooms. For cash-strapped schools, this would be free.

Reading Rainbow, staying relevant for today's digital-centric youth and still motivating kids to read: YES PLEASE!

When I first checked the page this morning, the project was about halfway to its $1,000,000 goal. When I checked a couple of minutes ago, the project was fully funded at $1,324,089 (and rising every second)! There are still 34 days to go on the project.

Two thoughts: wow and stretch goal time! New goals will be posted in the next couple of days.

If you want to check out the project, here is the link again. The kids who first benefited from Reading Rainbow can help fund a version for today's kids. Are you in?

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