This holiday season, National Geographic Kids Books has something for every kid who is curious about the world around them. From big, beautiful, gift-worthy books about the weird, wild and wonderful to stocking stuffers that are, well STUFFED with cool facts, these books are sure to be a big hit and will keep kids engaged long after the batteries have run out on this season’s “it” toy. Below please find six books that comprise the
Here is a bit more about these must-haves this holiday season:
The Coolest Stuff on Earth: A Closer Look at the Weird, Wild and Wonderful (ages 8-12, hardcover, $19.99, 192 pgs) This big, bright and photo-packed gift-worthy book digs into the details behind our planet’s most magnificent marvels, epic extremes, and astonishing animals. Did you know that dogs can shake off a pound of water in less than a second? That some sand dunes whistle and sing? That the U.S. dollar bill is full of hidden symbols related to the number 13? Our world is filled with strange, bizarre, and weird happenings. But what do they mean? WHY are they important? And what secrets are behind them? These stories and much more are revealed through cool stories, action-packed photos, fantastic infographics, and exciting Q&As with in-the-field experts. Discover the secrets of sharkskin, the mysteries behind incredible island animals, the power behind lightning, how a rare gemstone changes color, and more. Kids will be captivated by this fresh way of looking at our amazing planet. View the PDF HERE
I love books like this! You get exactly what you expect from Nat Geo. Full color interesting pages that are real eye catchers. There is so much to see and this is typical Nat Geo. When I share these books with my class there is just so much to talk about. They love the photos and asking me questions about the pictures. This week we were doing letter o and thankfully there was an adorable full page spread of an otter. Who doesn't love an otter!? So cute.
My favorite section had to do with how the Roman statues had interchangeable heads so they could be swapped out when a new ruler was crowned. Who knew?
NG Kids Why?: Over 1,111 Answers to Everything (ages 8-12, hardcover, $19.99, 192 pgs) - The concept is simple. Got a question? Well now you have an answer! 1,111 of them, in fact. Want to know why your snot is yellow? Flip to the human body chapter. What's on the inside of a turtle shell? The animal section's got you covered. What's in the deepest part of the ocean? Why doesn't Earth just float off into space? Check, check, and check. With hundreds of topics ranging from silly to serious, this book has the expert information kids need in a fun and entertaining format that will keep them digging for answers. Sample spreads can be viewed here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4iojp4tfjhmlavl/AACm9F2U9TLKdXtSPHl4Cm9Ba?dl=0.
National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021 (ages 8-12, paperback, $14.99, 352 pgs) - The latest installment of the New York Times best-selling almanac features amazing animal stories, explorer profiles, and outrageous attractions that kids know and love, plus more of the incredible inventions, awesome games, and fresh challenges for curious kids who want to learn all about the world and everything that's in it!. Tons of fun facts, crafts, activities, and fascinating features about animals, science, nature, technology, conservation, and more is why this is the number one selling kids almanac on the planet. There's a whole chapter full of fun and games, including activities, jokes, and comics and the colorful compilation also includes an Almanac Challenge 2021 — which inspires kids to reduce their plastic waste and encourage others to do the same.
This is a family favorite. My husband insists the Nat Geo Almanac sits on the table so that anyone can pick it up whenever they want. It's true too. If we leave this book on the living room table someone will read it! Commercial come on; instead of looking at your phone, open this book and read. There is so much to learn!
The pages are definitely geared toward children. Lots of pictures and boxes of text. Makes reading fun and interesting plus the layout makes it seem less of a chore for reluctant readers. I LOVE IT!
Little Kids First Big Book of Why (ages 3-7, hardcover, $14.99 , 128 pgs)— a #1 Besteller on Amazon! Linking to a popular feature in the super successful National Geographic Little Kids magazine, this book brings the browsable fun of the bestselling National Geographic Kids Almanac to a new audience: preschoolers! Using an interactive question-and-answer format and content grounded in a child's immediate world, the Big Book of Why delivers lively information, hands-on games, simple recipes, crafts, and more. What makes a car go? How does mushy dough become a crispy cookie? What does the doctor see in my throat? An essential parent reference, The Big Book of Why invites children to ask big questions, think big thoughts, and get answers that are accurate, engaging, level-appropriate, and based on sound educational findings. It helps prepare preschoolers for school in an interactive way — the very best way to foster learning at this age, according to research. Highly photographic and playful, this big book is an adventure in exploration.
As a mom I had a lot of Why questions and usually I was able to come up with an answer pretty quick. I mean two kids was easy. As a preschool teacher I have 9-10 kids asking why questions all day long and it is not always easy to have an answer. Sometimes I say, "I don't know. It just is." Not the answer I would want to give but you spend 6-7 hours with 10 2 year old's and tell me how you handle the barrage of questions. What I love most about this book is that it is geared toward a younger demo 3-7 year olds. So not as young as my class but what I have decided to do is to read one why at the end of our morning circle until we get through the book and who knows maybe my upcoming classes will benefit from Ms. Maria being able to answer their question.
Nerdlet: Animals (ages 8-12, paperback, $9.99) - Sometimes big nerdiness comes in a small package--and this little book is an animal nerd's dream! In this little animal "Nerdlet" you'll learn about the weirdest, coolest, most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom--and what makes them so complex. Plus, you'll have some of your most burning animal questions answered, such as What's the deal with crocodile tears? And you'll meet people who get to be around animals for a living and travel to animal destinations around the world. You'll also find personality quizzes, fun facts, animal superheroes, and even a Star Wars reference ... or two. View the PDF HERE
Nerdlet is pretty cool! I have not been able to read this one yet but have flipped through it. The size is awesome. My kids use to bring a Nat Geo book to school with them on testing days when they needed something to get them through hours of non class time. The books were huge but they loved them. This small size makes it an easy one to take with you. Throw it in your pocketbook and instead of tossing an electronic at them when you have to wait for an appointment or if their sibling is playing a sport. Unplug so they can learn so many fun facts about animals! Definitely a must have.
Little Kids First Board Book: Ocean (preschool, board book, $7.99) - Stunning photos of whales, dolphins, sharks, octopuses, clownfish, and other sea animals introduce the very youngest explorers to the wonders of Earth's ocean, from its depths to its shores. These sturdy pages showcase ocean life with amazing photographs, super simple facts, and lively, age-appropriate language to keep babies and toddlers--and their grown-ups--fascinated by every colorful page.
I could not wait to write this review. This week for letter o my class made an "ocean" with Q-Tips. When I pulled this book out Tuesday to read to them, ALL of them sat for the book. Not a single one got up from the circle and listened to me read it and answered my questions about what we were looking at on the page.
We read it Tuesday through Friday and Friday they asked if we could read it Monday! Getting 9-10 2 year olds to sit for a book is astonishing. They loved the pictures and the little word or thought bubbles. Definitely a must have board book!
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