National Geographic Super Readers- Review and Giveaway
Recently I was given the opportunity to review National Geographic Super Readers program. Any program holding the National Geographic name has a lot to live up to and this program does not disappoint. They have leveled readers on fun non-fiction topics that go from Pre-Reader to Level 3 (Fluent). The topics are those that kids love- animals, vehicles, volcanoes, etc. To go along with the books, parents and kids can go to the Super Readers website and download a poster of all the books along with badges, bookmarks, and other fun prizes to win as they move through the different levels. These all work together to help make learning to read fun and exciting.
We received 4 books as part of our review package. One level 2 super reader book, a National Geographic Chapter book, the Ultimate Weird but True and an Everything Castles book. We also received the poster and stickers.
So what did we think of the program and other National Geographic titles? First off, as soon as the books arrived they were whipped from the box and I didn't see them for quite awhile. So obviously my kids loved them. The leveled reader was Sharks, which completely fits with Cohen's latest obsession with sharks, dolphins and whales. It was well written, full of great information and not at all dumbed down. That is one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to readers- the language has been dumbed down so much that it doesn't seem as real any more and kids don't enjoy the reading experience when that happens. The National Geographic book was of good length- challenging enough to help readers grow but not so much that one might give up. The kids had a good long look at the poster too- and mentioned that they wanted a bunch of the other titles. So the program's topics are spot on with what [my] kids want to read.
I think the most enjoyed book was the Ultimate Weird but True title. This is the perfect book for my kids- full of picture and random facts. The type of book that makes them come to you with "did you know..." type statements. If I could change one thing it would be that some of the pages were just too busy for me. I preferred the pages that were broken up a bit more with pictures and blurbs about what made it so strange or interesting. This didn't bother the kids in the least though, and they all read the book cover to cover. Multiple times.
The Everything Castles book was also equally impressive. It has a ton of information, lots of pictures and drawings. There is a ton to read, but it is broken up nicely so that young readers wouldn't get overwhelmed with huge paragraphs. There are a few other titles available- Ancient Egypt, Rocks, Sharks, Dolphins and Big Cats- all of which look equally impressive.
You can find out more information about all that National Geographic Kids has to offer on their website. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
And now for the Giveaway! I am giving away a National Geographic Super Reader Book, along with a poster, book marks and badges to 3 lucky winners! This giveaway is limited to residents of the US and will end next Wednesday, November 14, at midnight.
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Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the MomsMeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product. All opinions are my own.