The gift of reading is a gift that takes you beyond the room, beyond the television and into the land of both imagination as well as reality. Every time you read to your child, you open a book a new adventure begins, vocabulary develops and a while new world is presented to them. Reading is the key to success at school, in life and in the ability to acquire new knowledge, so why not let that new knowledge begin on Christmas Day with the gift of reading. I personally love a great book, it is a great way to settle down from a long day, or a good way to take my mind off of what might have not been so great, either way I am intrigued by what the print in front of me is offering. National Geographic Kids offers some of the best reading out there, and I have a few great suggestions for every genre of reader, as I lavishly take a peek into National Geographic’s many titles for your consideration this holiday.
“National Geographic Kids Almanac 2015″
This particular read offers “everything you always wanted to know about Everything” including 500 fun facts, and great photos. Inside the cover you will find: Super Science, Amazing Animals. and the Wonders of Nature. Learn about myths, cool things, as well as weird-but-true facts.
Of course there is always “National Geographic’s Weird But True Ripped From the Headlines” book, that offers up some real-life stories that have to be read in order to be believed. Get ready for mind-bending trivia that is mixed in with newsworthy headlines.
My one son is the resident humor bug and, “Uncle John’s Totally Quacked Bathroom Reader for Kids Only” adds to his randomness and great one-liners. While he is picking up new jokes and tongue tanglers he is also increasing his vocabulary so this book that dispenses items about everything corny from Fake Doctors to Fake Cures as well as Weird Spy Gadgets the information is all mystifying and interesting which keeps him page turning! Woot ..
One of my kids is really into the body, and the “National Geographic Kids Ultimate Body-Pedia” provides a tour of the body from the inside out! from footwork to the hands the kids (and you ) get in-depth details that are able to be processed and then relayed later in conversations.
My daughter grabbed the “seventeen Ultimate Guide To College” that discussed: 10 rules of college parties, should you join a sorority? , 5 ways not go go broke and more! This was a great how-to guide for the first-timer that is addicted to seventeen on a regular basis!
As a give ahead book, we got the special edition of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”. This book we read each night until Christmas. Truly it does not matter how old your kids are, tradition is tradition and Rudolph is part of our tradition each year. This special edition POP-UP book made it even more fun to read and our youngest enjoyed a daily dose(I think I know the words off by heart, lol!)
How about a book for your young-budding cook? “National Geographic offers the Kids Cook Book” which lets food be an adventure, as it should be. This book is not just about cooking but also being green, using up what you have and offering nature(birds) a new bird bath! Kids can learn how to cook fish, salads, and all of the words for proper cooking techniques.
Have a mad scientist in the house let National Geographic Kids help them experiment with “Try This!” The book hosts over 50 fun experiments for the kids to test out! Let them make a super-ball or walk on eggs. Or, let the kids take a walk on the other side of things and learn the world with the Student World Atlas, that offers a bunch of fun-filled facts about our world. Learn about South America and Plantation Agriculture, or Predominant World Economies and much, much more, all well illustrated and loaded with info.
The personal fav book in our home: “National Geographic Kids 5,000 Awesome Facts 2 (About Everything)”. Honestly, this book is just fun. There are 50 facts to grown on, like “Lion cubs are always the last to eat”, in our world, kids come first, lol! There are also 15 sizzling facts about ‘hotties of history’, like Harry Houdini(and his body, as well as Narcissus, Nemesis, and so on. What you learn in here is a minute a day and your knowledge will grow, it’s not just for kids!
As usual, National Geographic is a great choice not only for its quality but its content. Inside each book is an adventure for the mind, body, soul and family. Books are the gift that keep on giving, everytime the book is opened. You are sure to find a book for every age. Lavishly live the holiday season of gift giving with a great book, as there is no greater gift than the gift of reading!