May 2021

English Parent Reading Guide

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As it says in its tagline, every Ranger Rick Jr. magazine is packed with Animal Fun for Young Children.”  When you read the magazine with your child this month, talk about animal diversity and care of the environment.

The animals shown on pages 4-5 illustrate the rich diversity of the animal kingdom. Ask your child questions like these as you read together:

  • Is your sense of smell better or worse than a Cape buffalo’s?
  • What would it be like to go to the bathroom only once a week the way a sloth does?
  • What other birds besides kiwis can’t fly? (Answer could be penguins or ostriches.)
  • Are your front teeth as big as the naked mole rat’s front teeth?
  • How big is a grain of rice? Would you be able to see a seahorse that small?
  • Apes, such as gorillas and chimpanzees, live in Africa. Do you know where Africa is located?

Ricky Raccoon and his pals always have great adventures. In this month’s magazine they help the earth by cleaning up a pond where people have discarded trash.

After reading how the pals improved the pond, ask your child if it would be fun to improve the earth. You could pick up trash in a park or clean your neighborhood.

Look at Ranger Rick Jr. for ideas on what you and your child can do together.

¡Hola! Read in Spanish about geckos from pages 6-11 at




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