It’s the holidays and the stores are packed with trinkets, trendy toys, and things that amuse kids. But, some parents and grandparents are opting to give the kids in their family more practical gifts this year as well. Gifts that will last long after the newest novelty game or toy wears off. But, that being said, the subject of a book matters. You can never go wrong with giving the gift of National Geographic books any time of year. This holiday season they released an awesome bundle of books with diverse topics that will appeal to kids of any age. Let’s check them out!
Every family has one! A kid that eats, sleeps, breaths, and lives for everything dinosaur related. The Dinosaur Atlas is an oversized hardcover book that young paleontologists will love and appreciate. It features 75 prehistoric creatures that walked the Earth millions of years ago. Young readers will glean insight from the Triassic, the Jurassic, and the Cretaceous periods and will learn about the amazing variety of dinosaurs that ruled the planet during these times. And they will learn about the geography, environment, and climate that supported these ferocious, fascinating, and fabulous creatures.
Kids will also discover how they evolved differently as the continents separated, and how some took to the land, and others to water or air. Explore how these prehistoric lands became the world we know today, and hear from paleontologists about the groundbreaking discoveries in these fossil-rich places. The full-color photos, kid-friendly maps, and vivid illustrations a big, bold and breathtaking. Bursting with so much detailed and captivating information, this is an atlas that kids of all ages can sink their teeth into. (Hardcover, ages 7-10, $24.99)
🎄5,000 Awesome Facts (About Animals)
Got a kid who is obsessed with facts and trivia and loves animals too? National Geographic has just the book for them. Kids love animals, especially baby animals and enjoy learning about them. This fantastic book is brimming with 5,000 fun and informative facts about the animals, critters, and insects that live on our planet. Kids can learn facts about a specific animal, a group of like animals and animals that have things in common. The full-color photos are mesmerizing; it will be hard to get kids away from this book.
Some facts include 100 Pup-ular Facts About Dogs – did you know that at one time Great Danes were once thought to ward off ghosts? 100 Swimmingly Fun Facts about Marine Mammals– Did you know that Seals have 1,500 nerve endings in each whisker; cats have only about 200? 50 Terrific facts about Tigers – Did you know that a tiger’s footprint is called a pugmark? 15 Supercool Facts about Social Media Pets – Did you know that Smoothie the Cat has been named the ‘world’s most photogenic cat’ because of her emerald green eyes? 75 Unreal Facts about Mythical Animals – Did you know when Christopher Columbus spotted manatees in the ocean near what is now the Dominican Republic, he thought there were mermaids? This book is a treasure trove of interesting facts for kids to learn and absorb! (Hardcover, ages 8-12, $19.99)
🎄The Big Book of W.O.W
The Big Book of W.O.W will captivate the armchair traveler. It features Astounding Animals, Bizarre Phenomena, Sensational Space, and More Wonders of Our World. Join the exploration experts at National Geographic Kids on a globe-trotting adventure through what’s most spectacular in our universe. Embrace your inner adventurer as you explore the most incredible and inspiring wonders of our world. Roam through the breathtaking sand dunes in Namibia’s Namib Desert. Marvel at Mexico’s axolotl, an animal that can regrow almost any body part. Plunge into a mysterious underwater forest in Kazakhstan. As you race from one amazing wonder to the next, you’ll take in gorgeous photography and mind-boggling facts that reveal the truth, history, and scientific explanation behind all that’s cool and wow-worthy in our universe. It’s an epic journey around the globe―and beyond. (Hardcover, ages 8-12, $19.99)
🎄Ultimate Book of the Future
Are we finally catching up to the Jetsons? Technology updates are rapidly changing our world and some of us may wonder what the future will be like. The National Geographic Ultimate Book of the Future features incredible, ingenious, and totally real technology that will change our life as we know it now. Robot dogs! Jet packs! Cyborgs! Super-sleek space suits! It’s not science fiction, it’s science reality. And soon, it may be part of everyday life. This book is a jam-packed collection of the coolest tech and wildest ideas that are shaping the world of tomorrow. With chapters on future cities, space travel, high-tech entertainment, and even saving the world, this book is a thorough, fun compendium of high-tech gadgets being built today and the coolest stuff tomorrow has to offer, plus the amazing dreamers making it all happen.
Special “Could It Happen?” features tackle kids” burning hypothetical questions, like whether Jurassic Park could really exist, or whether a robot could become president. Each chapter also includes a “Future Fail!” that profiles one thing we thought we’d have by now, but don’t (like everything from The Jetsons.) And kids will see where they might fit into the picture through the “Jobs of Tomorrow” profiled in each chapter. (Job titles include mind reader, space pilot, and robot-human communicator. Seriously!) (Hardcover, ages 8-12, $19.99)
What if animals were on social media? Critter Chat is a fresh, funny, and completely unique premise that presents facts, stats, and jokes about the coolest animals on the planet in a way that tech-savvy kids like to consume information. Check out a funny (and informative!) group text thread between a tern and his friends — a narwhal, a musk ox, and an arctic fox. “Dolphinstagram” treats readers to fascinating images and spot-on hashtags. “Llamazon” is the “beast” place to shop and the animals aren’t shy about posting their product reviews! Critter Chat is lighthearted and fun packed with cool animal info. (Paperback, ages 8-12, $9.99)
🎄Little Kids First Board Book African Animals
What better way to introduce your babies and toddlers to different animals while teaching them to count, than with the National Geographic Little Kids First Board Book? Little learners are invited to start counting from 1 to 10 on this fun-packed tour through the savanna and jungles of Africa. Each spread introduces a new number and corresponding images of amazing African animals along with super-simple facts. Toddlers will be wide-eye delighted by the variety of wild creatures featured, including lions, elephants, meerkats, and more. With its square shape, bright and playful design, awesome photography, clear text, and cues to encourage interactive learning, the Little Kids First Board Book takes a fresh new approach to excite a baby’s sense of wonder and make learning about nature and science fun. (Board Book, ages 0-2, $7.99)
🎄Zeus The Mighty
Kids love heroes! It doesn’t matter if they are human or animal. For Zeus the Mighty book series fans, the highly anticipated next installment is here! In The Epic Escape from the Underworld, join Zeus the overconfident hamster, Athena the wise cat, Ares the treat-loving pug, Poseidon the proud pufferfish, Demeter the loyal grasshopper, and Hermes the daring chicken at the Mount Olympus Pet Center in Athens, GA on another laugh-out-loud adventure through Greek mythology. (Hardcover, ages 8-,12, $12.99)
Disclaimer: I received complimentary products to facilitate a review.