Tuesday, August 10, 2021

3 New Titles from National Geographic

National Geographic books for kids are always a favorite. With colorful photos and graphics, snippets of interesting facts and information you didn't know you needed to know, these books seldom get back on the bookshelves once kids pick them up. 

I'd like to introduce 3 new titles from Nat. Geo for Kids. Review copies were provided by the publisher.


by Stephanie Warren Drimmer
Published April 2021
National Geographic Kids
256 pages

Goodreads Summary
Ever wonder how haunted houses got their spooky rep; where cheese originally came from; and when and where people decided hitting a tiny ball with a long stick (ahem, golf?) was their idea of fun? Prepare to be amazed by the surprising backstories behind the things you use or do every day! From familiar foods and common clothing items to bizarre beauty regimens and quirky products, this book covers all your burning questions: Who thought of that? Where did that come from? Why is that a thing?

This riveting little treasure is jam-packed with awesome facts, fun stories, and colorful visuals. Once you know all this cool stuff about the origins of everyday stuff, you can "wow" your friends and family.

My Thoughts
There is something for every reader in this book. From food, to traditions, to toys, readers will find lots of interesting tidbits. Each item features a "Bet You Didn't Know" caption with an additional cool fact. I particularly liked the toy chapter. Which toy started out as a weapon? Read chapter 2 to find out.


by Aubre Andrus
Published April 2021
National Geographic Kids
208 pages

Goodreads Summary
Upcycle, recycle, and/or repurpose your stuff and engineer your way out of all kinds of sticky situations--all while learning about science and sustainability as you do it! Make cool lantern lights for your room, discover a tried-and-true brain freeze cure, learn how to boost your memory power, and more. In this easy-to-follow guide, kids get tips and tricks for upcycling and reusing old stuff, as well as hands-on activities, fun facts, and insights from professional-grade life hackers who use their problem-solving skills to change the world.
By the end, you'll be able to hack your way through all kinds of problems, from a messy backpack to stage fright, a drippy ice pop to smelly shoes!

My Thoughts
I love to watch video snippets of "life hacks". Sometimes they actually work and sometimes, they just don't seem to be worth the trouble. This book describes 101 hacks meant to make our lives easier and the stories behind them. I have tried hack #2: rebuilding a cupcake by ripping off the bottom and plopping it on top and I can testify that it is yummy! Learn about the many ways to use a binder clip in hacks 22-24. 

Published May 2021
352 Pages

Goodreads Summary
Kids can have fun keeping up with our quickly changing world with the New York Times best-selling almanac, packed with incredible photos, tons of fun facts, adventures with National Geographic Explorers, crafts, activities, and fascinating features about animals, science, nature, technology, conservation, and more. The 2022 edition features a new Kids vs. Plastic chapter, packed with ideas on how you can reduce your plastic waste. There's a whole chapter full of fun and games, including activities, jokes, and comics. Practical reference material, including fast facts and maps of every country, is fully updated. Homework help on key topics is sprinkled throughout the book.

I feel like the almanacs really are great keepsakes. Once you start collecting these almanacs, you just can't stop. 

These book would make excellent additions to your upper elementary or middle school classroom. 

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