Friday, July 29, 2016

National Geographic Kids Review & Prize Pack Giveaway!



As you all know by know I love books and I have tried to mold my children into book lovers as well.  I have figured out that the best way to keep kids interested in reading is to provide them with fun and interesting reading material.  One of my favorite "go to" books come from Nation Geograpic.  All three of my kids have long been fans for the fun facts that National Geographic Kids always provide.  When I was offered the opportunity to review several new titles we all jumped at the chance.  Here is what is new from one of our favorites.....

Real or Fake? by Emily Krieger (ages 8-12) - NEW SERIES ALERT! -  Can you mail an unpackaged coconut via the United States Postal Service? Are tiger cubs born furless and without stripes?  Did China build a secret city for 1,000 people on the sea floor? Is there really a type of bird with tiny, useless wings, hairlike feathers and nostrils at the END of its beak or is it just a hoax? Real or Fake tests your detective skills to determine which stories are real and which, in fact, are fake (oh, and yes, you CAN mail a coconut, China did NOT build an underwater city and that bird is not a myth!  It is a kiwi!).  Also included are history's greatest hoaxes, secrets behind a good fake, internet urban legends, and crazy headlines.  

Our Thoughts:  This is a FUN book!  We took this along on a car ride and the kids amused themselves by reading these aloud and laughing.  They all loved trying to decide if the stories or "facts" were real or fake.  This is a book the whole family will enjoy.

Mastermind by Stephanie Warren Drimmer (ages 8-12) - NEW SERIES ALERT! - In this interactive book kids learn about what type of thinker they are and are given the chance to exercise different parts of their brains with games, tests and puzzles.  The cheeky narrator and self-proclaimed "Mastermind" Ima Genius and her talking dog, Atom, guide the reader through short and snappy explanations of the science behind why the brain does what it does and how it affects the senses, spatial reasoning, language, memory and problem solving. As kids work their way through the book completing experiments, brain teasers, mazes, quizzes and games, their efforts (and smarts!) are rewarded with a Certificate of Mental Achievement declaring them as a Certified Mastermind.  Rich in content, humor, graphics and fascinating science, Mastermind is this summer's ultimate boredom buster -- here is a link to a few spreads from this stand-out title: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/azjpvjoyx9vz67n/AAAgng3X4S2-OznOjZWjVjlza?dl=0.

Our Thoughts:  As a mom I really appreciated a workbook that both got the mind working AND was fun.  Let's face it...a standard school workbook is not really what kids want to be doing over the summer but Mastermind is far from standard.  The books is fun, engaging and kept my son busy for long stretches of time while exercising his brain.  My son (a "Marie Curie" according to the book!) enjoyed all the puzzles and games.  This is a really great way to keep kids thinking over summer break.

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2017  (ages 8-12) -- The world's best-selling almanac for kids is back with new content, new features and an interactive Almanac Newsmaker Challenge activity that encourages kids to make their own time capsule.  This latest edition of the New York Times best selling book is THE gold standard in nonfiction "edutainment" and features not only the latest discoveries in the worlds of technology, conservation and nature, but also grabs kids with cool weird-but-true facts, activities to keep 'em busy all summer long and amazing animals from around the world. 

Our Thoughts:  We have had previous editions of this book and it is always a hit.  Filled with fun facts and vivid  photos this is a great teaching tool for kids and a great book for the whole family to enjoy.  There are quizzes throughout the book which makes it interactive as well (always big in our house). 

Everything Sports (ages 8-12) - Perfect for reluctant readers and just in time for the Rio Olympics, this book has it all --  from archery to zip lining this book covers EVERYTHING about the world's favorite team and individual sports. Readers won't stop until they've learned everything there is to know about the history, rules and regs, training, and practice of dozens of athletic pursuits. A Hall of Fame profiles the giants in downhill skiing, hockey, gymnastics, football and more and there is even a quiz kids can take to see if they'd make a good ref.  Packed with big, bold pictures and graphics and featuring a diverse array of athletes (men and women of all races, young and old,) Everything Sports not only includes the most popular sports such as baseball, basketball, football, soccer, tennis, but also features the more extreme and quirkier sports like parkour, wakeboarding, fencing, curling, and table tennis. The book also dedicates several pages to the Olympics.

Our Thoughts: My nearly 10 year old twin boys are obsessed with sports so this one was a slam dunk.  The pictures are great, the book includes quizzes and I really, really loved how the book highlighted a huge variety of sports.  From football to fencing and everything in between, you child can read about how there really IS a sport for everyone.

By now I am sure you can tell these books were a big hit in our home.  I really can't recommend this collection enough. It can be tough to get  kids to commit to learning and reading over summer break but National Geographic Kids manages to make it easy.  Visit the attached links to order from Amazon today or visit   your local bookstore.

I am so pleased to tell you that National Geographic Kids is giving one lucky RBM reader a prize pack containing all 4 of the above books (ARV $49). To enter please use the Rafflecopter link below (US only please).  Good luck!

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85 comments:

Gina said...

My daughter would love real or fake! Looks like a fun read!

Summer D said...

Real or Fake would be a hit in our house.

Miranda W. said...

I think our kiddos would really enjoy Real or Fake.

Jennifer Q. said...

My son would love the Everything Sports book.

Anonymous said...

My boys would love Real or Fake the best
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janetfaye said...

I am most excited about Mastermind by Stephanie Warren Drimmer for my grandson.

Tara O. said...

I'm most excited about the Real or Fake book. That will be lots of fun to read!!

andrea v said...

I'm most excited about real or fake. All of them sound really good.

Lauren said...

I am excited about Everything Sports.

Tabitha Hanner said...

Real or Fake. It sounds like something my son would like. He has enjoyed the Scholastic "True or False" books that came in the Chick-fil-a kid's meals a few months ago. Sounds like pretty much the same thing.

amber whitehead said...

I think Mastermind for my son thanks =)

Wendy Rodriguez said...

Almanac 2017, thank you!

janetfaye said...

I pinned:
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Literary Winner said...

I think my son would like all of the books, but would especially enjoy Real or Fake?.

Shannon R said...

He's love the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2017 since he is always so interested in the world

Melissa R. said...

Real or Fake sounds like a fun and interesting book!

Candace M. said...

Mastermind would be great for my two kids.

Audra said...

My daughter would like the real or fake

Gabrielly Margutti said...

I'm most excited about the Real or Fake book.

Pam Halligan said...

I'm most excited about the Kids Almanac 2017.

Miranda said...

Real or Fake sounds fun

Gary said...

Real or Fake interests us

Shelley P said...

I'm most excited about the Real or Fake? book. This would be fun and educational for the family :)

Emma @ Our Whimsical Days said...

Mastermind is one that especially catches my eye - and I don't just mean for my daughter, either! ;)

Christie Temple said...

I think the Mastermind looks pretty interesting!

Yvie Field said...

I think they'd like the Real or Fake.

Marie Lowther said...

Real or Fake sounds like it would be fun!

Maggie Smith said...

Everything Sports! Thanks

Audra O'Hara said...

My daughter would like Mastermind. She likes puzzles and memory tests.

ani hearts japan said...

My boys would like the almanac.

krissy daniels said...

My nephew and i would love the real or fake!!! thanks for the chance!

LaVonne Long said...

My 8 year old would love the Almanac. Thanks for hosting!

LaVonne Long said...

I liked and commented on the giveaway post you have on FB. LaVonne C. L. is my FB name.

Alina Hahn said...

My son would love the Everything Sports! book - he loves learning about the different sports.

lana simanovicki said...

My kids would like the real or fake

Connie Tillman said...

I would say they would be excited about any of them -- but the real and fake sounds like it will be the most fun for them.

Laura said...

I would be most excited about the Real or Fake book! Sounds interesting! :)

KJ Skib said...

The Real or Fake book looks like a good read with my daughter.

Anne D. said...

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2017 is what I'm excited to read:) I love all the info the almanacs provide...they're so eclectic:)
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beachgirl0323 said...

I think they all sound good if I win I'm going to donate them to my daughter in laws 3rd grade class.

Jennifer Cervantes said...

I am most excited about the kids almanac, my kids are a,ways asking questions and would love this.

Sara said...

I like the mastermind book

Rochel S said...

My son would like Real or Fake?

TemporaryWaffle said...

I am most excited about the Mastermind book. They all seem to be filled with so many great facts, but I'm sure my son would enjoy Mastermind the most. These are great books and would love to use them in our homeschool lessons! Thanks for a fun giveaway! :)

Anonymous said...

Would like the Real or Fake. nathankyle1707@yahoo.com

Claire Quaile said...

We would love Real or Fake

ufg8trj said...

my son would love the everything sports book

noreen said...

The mastermind book looks just so much fun and I know my daughter will adore it.

Sunnie said...

I think the real or fake book looks like a lot of fun!
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Becoming Domestic said...
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Becoming Domestic said...

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2017 looks amazing!

-Sara S

MMT said...

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2017 looks awesome. My daughter would love to read it.

trixx said...

'Mastermind' would be awesome. I like the combination of fun and learning.

Brandy said...

Real or fake!

Brandy said...

Real or fake!

Kelli Taylor said...

Real or fake!

Misty said...

Real or Fake would be read first. I'm still surprised that bees are born as adults. Thanks Snapple.

Susan Smoaks said...

i want to read real or fake.

blew415 said...

Real or fake for my family

Trish said...

Real or Fake looks like lots of fun!

Anonymous said...

I'm excited about Real or Fake

Lana Bradstream said...

I'm excited about Real or Fake

Nancy said...

Our favorite of these books would be the 2017 Almanac.


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Nancy said...

I commented on the non-giveaway Elena of Avalor post.

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Chelsey Lee said...

I think my son would really get into Mastermind. He's 10 and we're always looking for cool books for him

Chelsey Lee said...

I think my son would really get into Mastermind. He's 10 and we're always looking for cool books for him

Nichole Bentley said...

My son is a Sports kid, for sure. For my daughter, I think Real or Fake. All would be great though. Thanks for the chance!

Caroline said...

I think my daughter would really love Real or Fake.

phxbne said...

I love almanacs, so this looks fun!

Michele Daley

Mammamayor said...

The fact or real looks great, my kids are always looking into facts and not fake ,natbelinsky@verizon.net

V. said...

I teach and "Real or Fake" would be a wonderful teaching tool! It can help show not to believe everything you read and how to determine true statements! Love it!

AnnaZed said...

I think our little budding scientist Alysia would like the book 'Mastermind '.
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btw, your link to Nation Geographic KidS has a typo (so don't go to the page), but I did go there. I follow them too actually.

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Dagmar Lesher said...

the real or fake!

Dagmar Lesher said...

I pinned the post!

Tylerpants said...

My kids would enjoy the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2017. Lisa L tylerpants(at)gmail.com

ilovetoreview andwin said...

I am most excited about the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2017.
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Diana said...

Real of Fake? looks great!
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Clair Freebie said...

My daughter would go through the Almanac 2017 first!

Leslie W said...

Mastermind sounds like something my kids and I would enjoy together. We love puzzles and experiments!

Vera Godley said...

It is a toss-up between experiments and the 2017 Almanac

Alicia said...

"Real or Fake" would be a hit with my kids! :)

Michelle Ward said...

My kids would like them all but I think the national geographic kids almanac looks most interesting.

Michelle Ward said...

My kids would like them all but I think the national geographic kids almanac looks most interesting.

Leela said...

Real or Fake?