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Dear Mama friends,
My twins are obsessed with animals. On a nightly basis, one of the girls wants to sit down and ask me about every single animal on the face of the planet. Then they request for me to explain all the demographics for each animal we discussed (which is A LOT). Maris will say, ” Mom, tell me ALL about Alligators – Everything. What they eat, where they live, what is their name, who is their mom, why are they green, why do they bite, do they eat leaves or meat”… And this goes on and on and on. Their fascination and intrigue about animals is truly amazing and their desire to learn reminds me that I should give them every single chance to learn and grow in their educational interests.
I was so excited when National Geographic Kids reached out to the girls and me, offering us a selection of their NatGeo Kids Leveled Reader books to celebrate National Reading Month for the month of March. NatGeo Kids also celebrates the wonderful Dr. Suess each year on his birthday (March 2) by celebrating Read Across America Day. This is a time when parents and kids can slow down and enjoy reading together, reading aloud and unplugging from social media to enjoy books and reading for pleasure.
When these books came in the mail, our girls were beyond excited. We immediately began (and still continue) to sit down nightly and read through all the animal books together. The girls loved the interesting and funny facts about animals and historical figures. I was so impressed with the way NatGeo Kids related each topic perfectly to their age and educational level with facts and interesting tidbits that were engaging and evoked their little curious minds more and more as we read. The photography is stunning and captures the animals in the most beautiful way, which made my little ones even more excited about getting to know each animal better.
As a parent, I think National Geographic Kids completely outdid themselves with the Kids Leveled Reader series of books. You can also access the National Geographic Kids Super Readers website to download badges for accomplishing reading challenges, print stickers and games and learn more information about the topics kids are learning about. Seeing my children so engaged and excited to learn made this mom proud, thanks to NatGeo Kids! You can find out more about the Super Reader Program here (http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/super-readers/) .