National Geographic Kids books inspire young adventurers to explore the world. It is the leader in children’s nonfiction and the only major kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core. Be curious, explore and make the world a better place.
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Although I am always happy to receive a big box of food for testing, the kids were particularly excited to receive a box of National Geographic Kids books this week.
And what made it even better? We got rain!!
I will let you guess what the first thing my daughter wanted to do was? Yep, snuggle on the sofa and read. We made pumpkin hot cocoas, pulled out the blankies and got to reading all the weird and wonderful information we could find in The National Geographic Kids Almanac. Too bad the rain lasted all of ten minutes, and it was still 80 degrees outside! That didn't stop our lazy afternoon though.
First Up: The National Geographic Kids Almanac
Did you know that a group of leopards is called a leap?
Did you know The NG Kids Almanac is the most popular kids' almanac on the planet?
With its magazine-like pages, the almanac is filled with surprising and fascinating facts on all kinds of subjects from Vikings to foods of the world. It is such a great book that offers something a little bit different for the kids, including activities scattered throughout, and some interesting/gross/funny facts to keep them coming back for more.
This makes for a great road trip boredom buster for kids of every interest and reading level. My daughter loved reading out the facts to her little brother, especially the 19 cutest animals...which of course led to some intense arguments about which one actually was the cutest. The dinosaurs were also particularly popular in this house.
There's also an accompanying website which is fun to check out. It has some great videos from a real-life lion conservationist in the field, some lion quizzes, and more.
Enter to win! Send in your original artwork for a chance to win $500 to host a party for your friends celebrating your love of lions and the importance of protecting them.! Check it out at natgeokids.com/almanac.
Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret
Branching out into Fiction, National Geographic Kids now offers a great series which engages kids on so many levels beyond the narrative. There's code-breaking, puzzles, a storyline that encourages observation, deductive reasoning, and problem-solving skills. Books published under this new imprint will touch on core subjects such as geography, history, STEM, exploration, and world cultures.
It also encourages diversity, introducing kids from all over the globe, and is actually inspired by the real-life adventures of actual National Geographic explorers! How great is that?
Explorer Academy, by Trudi Trueit, was, in my opinion, a very interesting book. It is about a twelve-year-old boy from Hawaii named Cruz Coronado. When he was five, Cruz’s mother died in a lab accident while working for the academy. When he goes to the academy in Washington, DC, to become a next-generation explorer, Cruz realizes someone is out to get him. He also meets four friends named Emmett, Sailor, Renshaw, and Bryndis. Cruz also meets one enemy, Dugan. Eventually, in the end, Dugan is nicer to him. But the looming question is: Why does someone want to kill him? This book interested me because of all the made-up, futuristic technology such as OS bands and MC photography. I would definitely recommend this book.
On the Explorer Academy website (exploreracademy.com), there is a very cool video book trailer, sneak previews of the characters, a code-breaking game, and more. Plus, you get the chance to enter sweepstakes to win a free trip to Alaska!
Wouldn't these make great gifts during the Holidays? Happy reading.