October 2020

English Parent Reading Guide

Dear Parents:

Use this month’s Ranger Rick Jr. magazine to help your child make connections between her life and the natural world.

On pages 6–11, you’ll find an article about ring-tailed lemurs—unusual mammals that live on an island in the Indian Ocean. As you read about the lemurs, ask your child to compare ringtails to humans. Here are a few ideas:

  • The baby lemur is riding on its mother’s back. Ask how humans carry their babies.
  • A ringtail’s favorite foods are fruits and leaves. Ask your child what fruits and leaves she likes to eat. (You might suggest apples, bananas, grapes, and lettuce or spinach.)
  • Ringtails often cuddle to say warm. Ask what your child does when she is cold.
¡Hola! Read in Spanish about ring-tailed lemurs on pages 6-11.



Many children like to eat apples, and October is apple season in many parts of the country.  On page 23, Bonnie Bluebird introduces Chester Chipmunk to the legend of Johnny Appleseed. After reading this comic with your child, learn more by listening to a children’s book about this 19th-century American story:

Since it is October, help your child carve a jack-o’-lantern or draw a pumpkin with eyes, nose, and mouth. Show your child the pumpkin illustrations on page 25 for inspiration.

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