March 2021

English Parent Reading Guide

Dear Parents and Guardians:

This month’s Ranger Rick Jr. magazine features two animals that most children love: chimpanzees and hummingbirds. Enjoy sharing information about these two animals and others with your child.

Turn to page 6 to introduce your child to a chimpanzee named Larry. Explain that Larry is being raised by human caregivers at a wildlife sanctuary in Africa. This is a place where animals that have been hurt or have lost their family can grow up safely.

On page 8 and 9, you’ll discover that Larry is curious about his world. Ask your child what he or she has learned recently. (This could be anything—recognizing letters, how to care for a pet, or making a snow angel.) Then talk about who helps your child learn new things—parents, siblings, teachers, friends.

Ask your child what is special about how a hummingbird flies. Give lots of praise if he or she knows a hummingbird can fly backwards and can hover like a helicopter. Then tell your child that you can look at a Ranger Rick video to see how a hummingbird flies. Use the QR Code on the back cover of the magazine or go to to watch it.

I hope you and your child have had fun reading this month.

¡Hola! Read in Spanish about the “WEIRD AND WACKY INSECTS” from pages 16-21 at


Mike Wilson, Founder
Prekindergarten Reading Encouragement Project
PREP – Helping childhood literacy one family at a time.