Published: May 4, 2021
Publisher: National Geographic Kids
The National Geographic Kids Almanac 2022 features eleven chapters of information kids love learning about including animals, science and technology, games, space, nature, history, and geography. There is even a section that talks about how our world changed during the pandemic…for the better.
I loved learning that sea turtles in Thailand and Florida had an increase in successful nests because many fewer people and pets were walking on the beaches and disturbing the turtles’ nests. Also, pet adoptions increased as families sought comfort and companionship during the shutdown. Facts that I look for every year in the Almanac include vulnerable or endangered species. There are 1,299 mammals in this category including snow leopards and polar bears as well as birds, fish, reptiles like the Round Island day gecko, insects, and amphibians. This list doesn’t seem to get much smaller year to year, unfortunately.
The animal pages are the most fun and the photographs are hilarious. Like the photo of the Polish chicken with its funky feathers on the top of its head. There is a whole page devoted to the red pandas which I personally know very little about. They remind me of a raccoon. You can see some at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
Did you know that after inventing the first telephone in 1876 Alexander Graham Bell wanted people to answer the phone saying, “Ahoy!” Maybe you should try that next time Grandma or Grandpa calls. If you’ve been giving a lot of fist bumps lately instead of high fives, you’ll be happy to know that fist bumps offer the least skin-to-skin contact and less likely for germs to jump from one hand to another.
The almanac also includes recipes, quizzes and games, and experiments to try. I promise your child will NOT get bored reading this book. The pages are filled with facts and silly lessons that make learning fun. I guarantee any kid will laugh when learning about the blue-footed boobie birds that live in the Galápagos Islands. They really do have blue, webbed feet and can fly at speeds of 60 mph.
This almanac is a great resource for upcoming school projects on a variety of topics. Every home and school library should have one.
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All summer I’ll be sharing books for kids of all ages on topics that will interest them or offer them a new interest to learn about. Most of the time these will be nonfiction books, but sometimes we can learn how to be better people or learn empathy from fictional stories too.
So, I hope you will stay tuned to these posts. They will always have Summer Read-to-Learn in the title and in the tags. There will be books from some of my favorite publishers like National Geographic, plus, some from independent publishers. See them all, HERE.