NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS ALMANAC 2018
Published: May 9, 2017
Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books
Are your kids in the summer slide…losing their reading and thinking skills because their brains are focused on video games, days at the pool, or Netflix? In this last month of summer, get their brains in gear by giving them NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS ALMANAC 2018. This is exactly the kind of book I would have loved reading as a kid and talking about all the neat facts I learned while reading. In fact, I learned quite a bit of interesting stuff when I read this book.
National Geographic is the leader in making non-fiction interesting for kids and this book is full of neat and exciting photographs and facts to keep the kids interested. I immediately got excited realizing this next winter will be the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea during the month of February. I had always wondered what the difference was between a jaguar and a leopard because they look so similar. But, there is a slight difference to their spots. Who knew? I also found it interesting that it takes longer for an apple core to breakdown (2 months) than a banana peel (2-5 weeks). I was then reminded that it takes 10-20 YEARS for a plastic bag to break down. So, it reinforced the importance of recycling those along with aluminum cans, glass, and leather. In the inventions and technology section, I found the pages on 3-D printing so fascinating. Our son made a Christmas ornament out of his name on a 3-D printer at school. They even print with chocolate! The book is full of history and facts about our government including a page on Air Force One, the President’s airplane. I had no idea there was always a doctor on board for every flight including a small pharmacy and operating table.
Looking over the list of items that I found interesting, there seems to be something that would interest almost any child. With more than 350 photos and over 500 pages, including maps, facts, quizzes, puzzles, and high-interest topics this book will keep kids reading for hours. This would make a great book to take along on road trips or camping. Ask your child to share one interesting fact from each page and wait for the conversation to flow. Kids and parents will learn together.
There is so much more to explore in this almanac that I can’t talk about it all here. Keep your kids learning and excited about reading by helping them be interested about our great world.
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