It’s hard to believe it’s October, already! While I enjoyed the balmy breezes of summer, autumn is my very favorite time of year. It welcomes crisp weather and a plethora of gorgeous picturesque hues. I love being outside when the colors change, leaves begin to fall and the air has a distinct musky-earthy scent. But, as the cooler weather begins to encroach on our outdoor time, it means the family will be spending more time indoors. And kids get bored easily! We don’t always want to see them planted in front of video games, so it’s good to have healthier options for them to be exposed to… like reading. National Geographic Kids just released their collection of “Fall Favorites” and they take kids on a fun safari adventure they will never forget.
Whether you are looking to add to your family’s bookshelf, in need of quality resources to supplement distance learning, or starting on your holiday gift lists, these books are guaranteed to ignite imagination and bring the world to kids’ doorsteps.
The Ultimate Book of African Animals
The Ultimate Book of African Animals is your guide to animals that roar, race and totally rule. While most of us cannot travel to Africa to experience its wildlife, we can turn the pages of National Geographic books and embark on a trip of a lifetime through their pages. Thanks to two wildlife photographers, we can experience Africa from the comfort of our home.
- Spotted on Safari
- Built to Survive
- Unlikely Allies and Bitter Enemies
- Animal Mysteries
- Animal Myths Busted
- Animal Ancestors
- Super Creatures
- Saving Species
Africa is brimming with wildlife that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. It’s these amazing animals that kids long to catch a glimpse at and learn more about. Each animal is featured with fantastic full-color photography and an abundance of educational information, details, statistics and more for kids to savor. Kids will glean insight on elephants, zebras, antelopes, bison, lions, cheetahs, and more.
Did you know that deer will shed their antlers every year, but antelope horns never shed? Ever hear of a Dik-dik or klipspringer? How about a honeyguide or aardwolf? Ever wonder why hyenas laugh? A section called Animal Bites shares tidbits of interesting facts. Interested in knowing where in Africa specific animals live? A map is provided that shares various regions’ ecosystems and the critters who live in them. Learn about colossal creatures from giraffes that are 18 feet tall to the kind baboon spider that has an 8-inch leg span and 6 inches in height, eek! This book is filled with the coolest animals, amazing stories, fun facts and stats, and unbelievable photography. Kids will have a hard time putting it down. (ages 8-12)
Little Kids First Big Book of Rocks, Minerals and Shells
When my daughter was little, she was fascinated with rocks, stones, and crystals and had a large collection of them. Like her, other kids are equally enthralled with the beauty of these rocks and minerals. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book Rock, Minerals And Shells is packed with a variety of Earth’s rocks, minerals, gemstones, fossils, and shells — from granite to gold, marble to malachite, and conchs to clams.
- Look Down
- Rock Stars
- The Magic of Minerals
- Seashell Secrets
This informative book is perfect for little rock hounds. It will introduce kids to a variety of rocks, minerals and shells. The first chapter explains what makes a rock a rock and a shell a shell. Did you know that most shells are the hard outer skeleton of animals called mollusks? Chapter two shares a wide range of rocks from granite to chalk to marble. Chapter three explores the wonderful world of minerals, including how they are formed and their common uses. Chapter four will expose you to some of the most beautiful shells in the world. Learn how these animals eat, move and what special features they have.
Each page is filled with beautiful photography, fact boxes, interactive questions, parent tips, Pop-up facts and a helpful glossary. Ever hear of the Calico Scallop with frilly edges? It’s stunning! Packed with more than 200 stunning photos, including closeups of each specimen, this enchanting book showcases breathtaking natural sites such as the Giant’s Causeway and human-built structures like the Great Wall of China. (ages 4-8)
National Geographic Kids Almanac 2022
The National Geographic Kids Almanac 2022 brings you incredible photography, amazing animals, extreme adventures, fascinating facts, and tons of fun! Each page is absolutely bursting with so much interesting information, explorer profiles, and outrageous attractions that kids know and love. Plus, more of the incredible inventions, awesome games, quizzes and fresh challenges for curious kids who want to learn all about the world and everything that’s in it. From the Weirdest Cats Ever to Candy Apples to Ancient World Adventures, there is something to capture a kid’s imagination.
Plus, there’s a whole chapter full of fun and games, including activities, jokes, and comics and the colorful compilation also includes an Almanac Challenge 2022 — which inspires kids to reduce their plastic waste.
National Geographic Kids World Atlas 6th Edition
Every home needs an updated atlas because things in the world change – it’s just a part of life. National Geographic has released the World Atlas, 6th Edition created just for kids. Packed with updated maps, stats, facts and trivia about people, places, trends, and developments around the world.
- Front of the Book
- North America
- South America
- Australia, New Zealand & Oceania
- The Oceans
- Back of the Book
This atlas is an inspiring window for exploring our big blue beautiful planet. On each page, you will find vibrant photography, images, charts and graphs, maps, stats and facts, index and grid, bar scale, a map key and some fun geo quizzes. These navigations tools will encourage kids to wonder, learn and explore. The onset of the book explains how to use the book to its full potential, including how to read a map, learning about our solar system, continents on the move, landmasses, Earth’s surface, climate, vegetation, economy and so much more.
It covers more than 3,000 locations and features over 120 maps, each one sharing its own unique story. So, at a glance, kids explore photos, peruse maps, learn about cultures and take in digestible amounts of information. Kids will fall in love with our planet and be inspired to help save it for future generations. (ages 10+)
NG Kids Why? Over 1,111 Answers to Everything
Kids are curious so they naturally ask an abundance of questions. National Geographic Kids Why? answers over 1,111 probing questions about almost everything.
- Why Do We Asky Why?
- Why Me?
- Why on Earth
- Why in the Sky?
- Why, Where & When
- Wild Whys
- The Whys of Our Lives
As kids flip through the pages, they will read inquisitive questions and find informative answers. Why do I have a belly button? Why do we dream? Why do I have 10 fingers? Why do I have bad breath? Why is it summer in Australia when it’s winter in Europe? What causes lightning and thunder? Who was the first person to pee on the moon? 😂 Why do animals play? Why is the coral reef so colorful. These and many, many more questions are answered with easy-to-read content and featured with vibrant photography. With hundreds of topics ranging from silly to serious, this book has the expert information kids need in a fun and entertaining format that will keep them digging for answers.
Zeus the Mighty Series: The Trials of Hairy-Clees
Zeus The Mighty is a series of kids’ books about a pet supply and rescue center in Athens, Georgia. All the critters are named after Greek gods and goddesses. It’s run by caretaker Artie who is obsessed with Greek mythology. She has a podcast called Greeking Out, and pets at the center listen to it. They come to believe that they are the actual megastars of mythology!
In Zeus the Mighty, the gods at Mount Olympus Pet Center discover a multiheaded monster looming over Greece. Plus, an annoying new arrival has shown up and wants to join the Olympians. However, a long list of trials and challenges is necessary before any decision is made. Zeus and his team are facing their toughest challenge yet. Can they endure, or have they met their match?
Get ready to laugh, cheer, and learn with Zeus and his minions in their rollicking romps through Greek mythology and unforgettable adventures. Check out the Zeus the Mighty website for books, fun printables, games, fun Greek facts and episodes of the real-life Greeking Out podcast.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary products to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.