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Time to sharpen those reading skills for the new school year! This Fall, National Geographic debuts several titles for kids of all ages and reading levels that are perfect for getting into the back-to-school spirit and better yet priced to NOT bust the back-to-school budget. My oldest is especially in love with Nat Geo Kids books because she has a deep love of learning about animals and basically any non-fiction book.
The Explore My World series is perfect for ages 3-7? ($4.99 each) as they are picture books on subjects kids care about while combining simple stories with unforgettable photography. They invite little kids to take their first big steps toward understanding the world around them and are just the thing to curl up with together and read aloud. In Explore My World: Baby Animals readers learn about a day in the life of a baby animal, from mama's care to the great world beyond. Explore My World: Nighttime delves into the nighttime and all its mysteries, from the stars to hooting owls.
NG Readers series for ages 5-8,($3.99 each) are for kids at ever reading level! Each book in the best selling National Geographic Readers series is written in an easy-to-read format and falls into one of five reading levels and is labeled by level on its front cover. The simple, fun text is only the beginning: National Geographic photography and kid-friendly diagrams draw kids in and get them reading about their favorite subjects. Developed by National Geographic in close consultation with literacy education experts, this series is one teachers, librarians, parents, and grandparents know they can trust to nurture every child's love of reading. New this season is NG Readers: Flutter, Butterfly (Level 3), NG Readers: Coral Reefs (Level 2), NG Readers: Ugly Animals (Level 2), NG Readers: Pope Francis (Level 1) and NG Readers: Rosa Parks (Level 2).
The chapters series for ages 7-10 ($5.99 each) is completely new to me but will probably become my 1st grader's favorite chapter series. This chapter book series picks up where the Readers series leaves off. For sports fans and animal lovers, Chapters: Hoops to Hippos, True Stories of a Basketball Star on Safari is a slam dunk. San Antonio Spurs' Boris Diaw takes young readers on safari as he explores his off-court passion: wildlife photography! Join Diaw as he escapes from stampeding wildebeests, comes face-to-face with lions, and discovers why you should never come between a hippo and its watery home. In Chapters: Hoot, Hoot Hooray and More True Stories of Amazing Animal Rescues kids meet some brave, amazing animals and the caring people who come to their rescue.
Look & Learn Series are labeled for ages 2-5 but I think these are great for babies and toddlers too ($6.99 each). Reading together is critical for developing a lifelong love of books especially at this young age. The Look and Learn series of board books is developed in association with child education experts and introduces concepts with context reinforcement so learning sticks. This Fall features two new titles, Look and Learn: Dig and Look and Learn: Ocean Creatures.
National Geographic Kids has developed an amazing Super Reader site to complement the Readers series. It has prizes to reward their reading effort, printable posters to help track their progress, activities, quizzes, games and A LOT more. Each of these books exceed my expectations. They have GORGEOUS photos that go alongside truly interesting information written for the each age level appropriately. National Geographic Kids Books are a great way to get children interested in science and the world around them.
Giveaway Winner: Janet W.