March 8, 2017

National Geographic Leveled Readers for Kids

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With March being National Reading Month, I can't think of a better thing to write about than books! Of course, if you read my blog regularly, then you probably already know that I'm a big advocate for reading awareness, especially in children, and definitely enjoy sharing our latest and greatest books.

When I was a child, I used to enjoy flipping through those classic National Geographic magazines. At such a young age, I was always enamored with the fabulous photography of various animals, places, and people all around the world. Throughout the past few decades, National Geographic has been creating more and more literature specifically made for children. As a mother, I enjoy being able to cuddle up with my son to enjoy a fun learning book from National Geographic Kids.

Recently, we were sent a series of National Geographic Kids Readers, as well as a beautiful picture book to celebrate National Reading Month and Read Across America Day! Our kit included six Readers to enjoy in an array of different levels and topics. These books share amazing photography and educational information in a way that's sure to peak even the youngest child's curiosity. In turn, children will not only want to learn more, but it will even spark their interest to read more books.



As if the content in these books weren't interesting enough–through an assortment of activities and quizzes, each Reader offers children the opportunity to interact with what they're reading. Other neat additions include fun jokes and one of my favorite aspects, the call-out boxes. Throughout the book, there are various areas that highlight different bits and pieces of information to add to my child's learning experience.
 


What I really like about the National Geographic Kids Readers is the fact that they come in different levels. It's not just about learning new and interesting information (although that's a huge part and definitely a great one at that). The various levels help children practice their reading comprehension skills.




There are four different levels in the National Geographic Kids Readers:
  • Pre-Reader: For children who are ready to read
  • Level 1: For children who are just starting to read
  • Level 2: For children who are beginning to read independently
  • Level 3: For children who are becoming more and more fluent in their reading comprehension

We personally received a few from each level and they're all amazing in their own way. As you compare the Pre-Reader levels with higher ones such as Level 3, you can really see the difference in how they are written, with the lowest level containing one line of text and the highest containing actual paragraphs. Having kids graduate up to higher levels gives them a way to expand their reading comprehension skills, and see just how far they've come. We especially enjoyed the Pre-Reader books, which are perfect for preschool age children. I was able to read each line in the story to my son, and he was able to repeat everything back to me, which was really fun for him and a great way to get him started on learning how to read.  

 

 
We received two variations of Level 1 Readers, one that is labeled "You Read, I Read" This is a really neat one, because it allows the parent to read the left side of each page, while the right side offers additional paragraphs in much larger text, which allows the beginning reader to help narrate the story. The Pre-Readers and Level 1 "You Read, I Read" are my favorite of the bunch, so I definitely plan on picking more of these up for our future reading comprehension studies. Of course, all of the levels are truly amazing and have so much to offer children. Hey, even I learned a thing or two by reading them with my little one. 


To make it even more fun, National Geographic has created a Super Reader program where kids can keep track of their reading accomplishments and receive all kinds of fun, downloadable freebies (i.e. posters, stickers, badges) for doing so. Our local public library offers a similar kind of program and I personally think it's really neat, because it gives kids that extra boost to want to read more.

Of course, it goes without saying that the illustrations in each book are absolutely stunning–with real photography to help tell the stories and share various bits of information. I would expect nothing less in a National Geographic book. Now that brings me to another wonderful book that we received this month called Animal Ark!




All I have to say is "wow!" Okay, maybe that's not all I have to say, but I think it sums things up nicely for what this book offers. Animal Ark is a hardcover book with gorgeous photograph by Joel Sartore and simple, yet powerful poetry by Kwame Alexander. Each page exhibits amazing full-color photography of animals from all around the world. Some of the photos are so exquisite, that you almost feel like the actual creature is alive and standing right in front of you. My photos in this post would not do the book justice. If you enjoy books with animal photography then this is one to add to your collection! Inside, you will find an array of different animals and insects included, as well various pull-outs every few pages that reveal even more creatures to admire.

 

Fantastic imagery and amazing educational facts–that's what you'll find in all of these one of a kind books created especially for children. Be sure to read more about National Geographic Kids and all they have to offer by visiting them on social media:






I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.



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