I have a nine-year old son who is overly curious with a love for reading. This pair of loves has frequently drawn him to the National Geographic Kids books. Recently, they sent us six of their latest books. Below is a review of the six and a chance for you to win them all, with a prize package of about $120 in value.
- The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines provides a look at some of the people who helped change the world for the better. Each book is broken down to eight chapters, starting with leading men and ladies and ending with outstanding animals. In between you have heroes and heroines from all parts of life where each section ends describing a moment of bravery, like Tank Man at Tiananmen Square in 1989 or Ruby Bridge as the first black child attending an all-white school in the South. You get heroes and heroines young and old with some as recent as Malala Yousafz, who is probably one of the most recent. These are all great people for a child to read and learn about. I'll probably go through it myself, too.
- Tales from the Arabian Nights offers twenty-five different tales. Some you might be familiar with like Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves, Aladdin, or the seven voyages of Sindbad the Sailor. The graphics are great and there are the occasional tidbit of information highlighted in the sidebars to connect stories to history, culture, and geography. This book is the most different from the rest. I found these more appropriate for story time, reading to a younger child, though still written at the level for third to fifth graders.
- Ultimate Oceanpedia is the ultimate encyclopedia of information about the oceans and what you find in them. You'll find scientific information about things like El Niño and the tides as well as ocean life and when people and oceans meet. I probably liked this book best as it went into topics I wouldn't naturally consider learning about. Great pictures.
- 5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) 3 is probably the book I'm most familiar with, primarily because we've been through the first two books in the series already. If you're not familiar with the series, every two pages is dedicated to the facts about some specific topic. So, you have 35 cool facts about the North Pole, 50 intergalactic facts about Star Wars, 100 Facts about ants to bug out about, and so on. It is a great book to pick up, read two pages, and put down until later to read about the next subject, possibly discussing the subject with your parents in the mean time. Good graphics and a new set of subjects to learn about.
- How Things Work is subtitled Discover Secrets and Science Behind Bounce Houses, Hovercraft, Robotics, and Everything in Between. This book is perfect for the curious mind of my son. If you're ever asked why, this book will tell you how. How does a Thermos keep hot stuff hot and cold things cold, how does a microwave work, how does a photocopier make copies.... You get multiple pages for each question that go into specific details for the job at hand. Some topics are more interesting than others. The curious kid will just eat this all up
If you're not familiar with National Geographic Kids books, some information from the source:
National Geographic Kids teaches kids about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and make it a better place. It is the only kids brand with a scientific, education, and conservation organization at its core.
National Geographic Kids is the #1 publisher of nonfiction books for kids, producing more than 100 titles per year. From board books to leveled readers to almanacs to our wildly popular Weird but True series, we’ve got books for every young reader on your list.And... now for the giveaway. One person will win all six books. This is limited to US residents who are 18+ and is open through 11:59pm EST on 12/11/16, which hopefully will get you the books in time for Christmas if that is your desire. This is a quick entry giveaway where there are no extra pages with tons of links to follow to get your entries. Good luck.
Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information. Java John Z's is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.