First Resource Focused on Younger Audiences Joins National Geographic Virtual Library
Farmington Hills, Mich., April 23, 2013 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the launch of National Geographic Kids, the fourth resource in the National Geographic Virtual Library product line. This new resource contains material appropriate for younger audiences, and boasts unique content that is not duplicated in other available National Geographic Virtual Library products.
“National Geographic magazine is loved and recognized by all audiences and ages, even though the content is often more accessible for advanced learners,” said Frank Menchaca, senior vice president, global product management, research, school & professional, Cengage Learning. “With the launch of National Geographic Kids, we’re able to offer content and navigation that is age appropriate and is supportive of curriculum and learning standards adopted by many states nationwide.”
National Geographic Kids includes the complete issues of National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009-present, 500 downloadable images, and 200 National Geographic Kids books, including reference books as well as nonfiction books on history, biography, science and technology and the National Geographic Readers, which cover wildlife, pets, nature and other topics. The interface also contains user-friendly design elements, which makes finding content more intuitive for younger audiences. National Geographic Kids is also accessible via the National Geographic Virtual Library interface, allowing for easy access and reference with the other resources in the product line.
The content in National Geographic Kids supports the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The books included in National Geographic Kids provide elementary and middle school students with opportunities to practice the foundational reading skills required to achieve fluency and comprehension. The CCSS also encourage students to gain an understanding of other cultures, and the National Geographic series Countries of the World and Holidays Around the World assist with that. National Geographic Kids also offers students an opportunity to engage with complex text – the English Language Arts CCSS emphasize the need to provide all students with consistent opportunities to confront and comprehend grade‐level complex text. In addition, National Geographic Kids provides high-quality informational texts suitable for primary, upper elementary and middle school English language arts, social studies and science classrooms.
“We’re excited to have this content digital and searchable for students to help support them in their learning endeavors,” said Julie Agnone, vice president, editorial operations, National Geographic Kids Publishing and Media. “Additionally, we’re interested to see how teachers, including students working toward their teaching certification, use National Geographic Kids with their curriculum development.”
Customers have the option to purchase or subscribe to National Geographic Kids as a stand-alone product or coupled with the full National Geographic Virtual Library line. For more information on National Geographic Virtual Library or to request a trial, please visit http://www.gale.cengage.com/ngvl/ or contact Kristina Massari at [email protected].
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