Summer means different things to each of us, but for kids, it’s especially a terrific time of year. They finally break free from scholastic rules, classrooms, and homework. Instead, they can enjoy fun in the sun activities like swimming, bike riding, camping, and….. perhaps some memorable slumber parties where they can stay up all night and share stories from their favorite books. Whiles spooky stories are a must, you can also find hilarious and awe-inspiring facts in National Geographic books. From personality quizzes and spine-tinglingly scary tales, to giggle-inducing books about the CUTEST critters and inspiring stories all about girl power (plus an animal-themed sleep mask that is beyond adorable!), the National Geographic Kids’ “Sleepover Survival Kit Giveaway” guarantees that there will be only one thing about the night the kids AREN’T excited to do: sleep! The kit includes 5 captivating books and an adorable eye mask.
What’s your shark superpower? What kind of friend are you? From weird and wacky (What stinky animal are you?) to thought-provoking and informative (What kind of explorer should you be? Which mountain should you climb?), there’s a personality profile for everyone in this totally unique book. Inside you’ll find all kinds of quizzes: flow charts, multiple-choice, this or that, and more and while you’re at it, get to know about amazing animals, places, cultures, and even careers around the world! (ages 8-12, $9.99, Paperback)
“A rich source of terrors both real and manufactured, equally effective in broad daylight or beneath the bedcovers.”—Kirkus Reviews
Do aliens fill you with fright? Maybe you shouldn’t read about the Wow! signal, an unsettling radio signal once received from space — or the mass UFO sighting in Belgium in the 1980s. If you love a good mystery check out the creepy Flying Dutchman, a ghost ship people have reported seeing since the 1600s — the appearance of which means a disaster is about to strike. Glowing fireballs, underground ghost towns, zombie ants, and the ghosts of Flight 401 are just some of the stories in this 144-page volume that will have kids sleeping with the nightlight on! For the more faint of heart, a helpful Fight-o-meter accompanies each spread and rates each story for its level of scariness. (ages 8-12, $14.99, Paperback)
If animals could speak (and text and post selfies, and review items on Amazon), what would they say? Find out in this hilarious collection of imagined digital encounters, based on real animal intel and facts.
In the African savanna, a lion (screenname: Just_Lion_Around) declares his territory with a text-based ROAR! Meanwhile, zebra and cheetah send eyeroll emojis. In the North American suburbs, a carpet beetle texts the family dog, reassuring him that his humans will return―eventually. Among surprising, laugh-out-loud conversations like these, you’ll find tons of parody social media posts from all your favorites in the animal kingdom, including Instagram-style inspirational posts and silly Yelp-like reviews on “Yowl.” An adorable dumbo octopus posts a selfie (#FeelingCute). And a frustrated narwhal reviews an extra-long toothbrush on “Llamazon.” (It’s still too short―of course!). (ages 8-12, $9.99, Paperback)
Whether you like mammals, aquatic creatures, insects, birds, amphibians, or reptiles, these animal favorites would ALL be contenders for the grand prize in a cute competition. From hedgehogs to pandas to tapirs kakapos, and pangolins, big photos of all the “cuties” are paired with upbeat descriptions that highlight each critter’s crazy cool skills and unique behaviors. (ages 8-12, $9.99, Paperback)
Get ready to smash stereotypes, overcome odds, and achieve your goals! This powerful book combines biographical profiles on amazing women, myth-busting science, advice on achieving great things, and exclusive interviews to prove that girls really can do anything!
Have you ever heard someone say “Girls can’t do that”? Get ready to put that idea to rest once and for all. Fantastic photographs and an eye-catching design pair with riveting, diverse tales of both famous and little-known women who made their mark in leadership, sports, the arts, the sciences, and more. Advice, calls to action, and exclusive interviews with great role models–such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Roxanne Gay, Emma Gonzalez, Nancy Pelosi, Jane Goodall, and more–will challenge you to be yourself and empower you to change the world, too. Get a glimpse of the history, origins, and inaccuracies of outdated criticisms and gender myths, and learn how women across the world are making waves and shaping the future in every field. (ages 9-14, $14.99, Hardcover)
Disclaimer: I received complimentary books to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.