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).
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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