WASHINGTON (April 21, 2006)–A new classroom magazine, National Geographic Young Explorer, will make its debut this fall in kindergarten and first-grade classrooms across the country. Published seven times a year, this exciting, 24-page, four-color magazine will introduce young readers to the world around them. The stories in each issue will revolve around one theme, which allows teachers to easily integrate the content into their curriculum.
“National Geographic Young Explorer is the first true classroom magazine for kindergarten and grade one,” said Francis Downey, editor in chief of the Explorer line of magazines. “It has all the hallmarks of a National Geographic publication — great stories and photographs that allow students to explore their world. Each issue uses science, social studies and geography content to teach important literacy skills. Moreover, with National Geographic Young Explorer, the learning doesn’t stop at school. A unique take-home section helps students strengthen literacy skills and phonic awareness through reading and writing activities.”
National Geographic Young Explorer is a versatile magazine suited for shared and guided reading. Because its reading level increases with each new issue, the magazine keeps pace with student growth during the school year. Clearly labeled photographs and diagrams give students multiple opportunities to access the information in each issue. This helps beginning readers make important connections between text and images.
This vibrant new publication joins award-winning National Geographic Explorer classroom magazines Pioneer and Pathfinder, geared for grades two through six.
“National Geographic Young Explorer and National Geographic Explorer build background knowledge,” said Stephen Mico, senior vice president and publisher, Children’s Books and Education Publishing. “With world-class reporting and stunning photography, National Geographic Young Explorer engages children with their world and starts them on the path to being good readers.”
In celebration of the magazine launch, a 10 percent discount is offered on new and renewal orders for National Geographic Young Explorer and National Geographic Explorer if ordered before May 31, 2006. For 10 to 199 subscriptions, the discount price is $3.55 per student (regular price is $3.95); for 200 orders or more, the discount price is $2.25 (regular price is $2.50).
“Our goal is to make it possible for every child to have his or her own copy of a National Geographic Explorer magazine to enjoy and learn from in school and at home,” said Downey. “Offering three affordable magazines from kindergarten through grade six and above allows teachers to build a solid foundation for content literacy and nonfiction reading. Every student will enjoy the wonder of exploring with National Geographic.”
Sponsored by the International Paper Company Foundation and the Society’s Education Foundation, National Geographic Young Explorer and National Geographic Explorer are a part of the Society’s initiative to improve elementary school students’ nonfiction literacy skills while providing high-quality geography, science and social studies content. The literacy campaign aims to enhance children’s proficiency in reading and writing. National Geographic Young Explorer, National Geographic Explorer and other Society educational products can be ordered by calling 800-368-2728 or by visiting www.ngschoolpub.org.
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, with a mission to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting conservation of Earth’s cultural and natural resources. It reaches more than 350 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic magazine, and its four other magazines; the National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; radio programs; films; books; videos and DVDs; maps; and interactive media. National Geographic has funded more than 8,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy. For more information, log on to nationalgeographic.com.