Thursday, May 26, 2011

National Geographic Kids Books FTW!

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2012

Synopsis:

In the lively style of National Geographic Kids magazine, this colorful page-turner excites young people about their world and everything in it. The National Geographic Kids 2012 Almanac—also available in Canadian and International editions—is packed with fun-to-browse features, useful reference material, homework help developed by educators, and the kind of quirky facts that kids adore. Amazing animals, cool inventions, funny roadside attractions, outer space, green living, natural disasters, maps, puzzles—it's all here in one irresistible volume.

While competing almanacs offer about 10 percent new content each year, this book delivers at least 40 percent new content, including new articles, games, photos, and facts. A newly updated Your World section opens the almanac with timely information and unique National Geographic content. A 100% new game section features photo-puzzles, illustrated pen-and-pencil games, and other brainteasers. Every chapter is updated with exciting new content: photos of animals, adventure, and nature; maps of the continents, new this year; hundreds of facts and figures; and fascinating stories about incredible creatures, space, vacations, and more. Based in part on the award-winning National Geographic Kids magazine, the National Geographic Kids Almanac also boasts material created by National GeographicÕs contributing researchers and photographers in the field. With the 2010 and 2011 editions selling hundreds of thousands of copies, this bold new almanac is poised to make an even bigger splash.

Details:

Publication date: May 24th 2011 by National Geographic Children's Books

Weird But True! 3

Synopsis:

Did you know that a lion's roar can be heard up to five miles away? That an astronaut's heartbeat slows down in space? That about $50 billion of Monopoly money is printed each year? Three hundred wacky facts pop from the colorful, compact pages of Weird but True! 3, an irresistible trove of facts and fun, based on the top-scoring feature in the country's premier children's magazine—National Geographic Kids. Brain-bending information entertains as it educates, covering topics such as science, animals, food, pop culture, weather, geography, and everything else under the sun. Plus, for the first time, this edition contains fun facts generated by readers! The original Weird but True book was an overnight success, selling tens of thousand of copies through bookstores in its first month on the market. The third edition is poised to follow, as it explodes with all-new facts, whimsical design, and even more eye-popping features that kids will love.

Details:


Publication date: June 14th 2011 by National Geographic Society

The Elliott Review for both:

I am reviewing these books together because they are both so amazing in my classroom. The articles are always about the latest and greatest with stunning or interesting pictures. Time and time again, these books are chosen by kids who typically state that they hate reading. They love looking through the articles because of the engaging pictures and facts, and in the process they are reading without realizing it. These same students will read these same books over and over, happily relating the things that they are reading. I truly believe that both books reach a group of students that are thirsty for knowledge and information but not necessarily the printed word per se. These books are also perfect for the classroom because they can easily be read in small segments after classwork is completed.


Source: Thanks to Tracey at Media Masters for providing copies of these books for a fair review.

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