Reading is fun and it is a pastime that is shared with all the members of our household. As a homeschool family, we often find ourselves reaching for books that will bring not only joy but will also share new ideas and information with our children. National Geographic Kids offers that and so much more. They are instantly transported to new lands and waters with exciting adventures to be had all while gaining knowledge that will mold them into their future selves. Our bookshelves are stocked with titles like the ones below and as a parent, I couldn’t be happier.
This holiday season National Geographic Kids Books has something for every curious kid. From big, beautiful and wow-worthy titles to stocking stuffers that are, well, stuffed with fun facts, cool hacks and photos galore.
For the Animal Lover
Ultimate Book of African Animals by Emmy Award-Winning Filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert (ages 8-12, hardcover, 192 pages)
Ready for an adventure of a lifetime? With National Geographic photographer-filmmaker duo Beverly and Dereck Joubert as their guides, readers are transported to the plains of the Serengeti, the sands of the Sahara and the shaded nooks of the rainforest. Dereck and Beverly are eight-time Emmy award-winning filmmakers, National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence and wildlife conservationists who have been filming, researching and exploring Africa for over 35 years. By sharing their stories of life on safari and Beverly’s jaw-dropping photography, this dynamic duo gives the reader unique, behind-the-lens access to Africa’s wildlife, how they live, play and hunt and how they have adapted to their wild, one-of-a-kind environments. A big, beautiful guide to animals that roar, race and “totally rule,” this gift-worthy book is overflowing with facts, stats and photos of animals of all behaviors, shapes and sizes — including the tiny bombardier beetle, the sneaky desert viper, mischievous monkeys, elusive Ethiopian wolves, as well as fan favorites like lions, elephants, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, hippos, gorillas, rhinos, and so many more.
For the Secret Agent in Training
“A visually stunning book bursting with riddles, intrigue, and history…” (starred review).– School Library Journal
From mastering escape and evasion techniques, to crafting the perfect disguise, building a gadget on the fly or decoding secret intel, Top Secret: Spies, Codes, Capers, Gadgets and Classified Cases Revealed (ages 8-12, Hardcover, 192 pages) takes recruits beyond the page and into the shadow world of espionage and all things clandestine, where “all is not what it seems,” including:
- The ins and outs of international espionage
- Spy agencies across the globe
- Clandestine Dos and Don’ts (DO: Use Dead Drops, Think on Your Feet, Remember Everything! DONT: Break Cover, Trust Anyone, Admit to Anything!)
- Fascinating profiles of history-making spies, like, “The Limping Lady” — World War II’s most dangerous spy — and an interview with Lindsay Moram, a real-life agent of espionage for the CIA
- Hands-on how-to’s, including: a step-by-step guide to setting up your own spy network and detailed info on how to make your own disguises, create fingerprint kits, engineer a deck of cards with a secret compartment, design rearview spy glasses, and mix up some invisible ink for writing secret messages
- Bold secret missions — like how the CIA stole a Soviet spacecraft — and gave it right back!
- Gadgets, tools of the tradecraft and surveillance equipment
- Tips for uncovering secrets and hidden messages that are all around you — in advertising, at amusement parks, in video games, on cash — they are everywhere!
- Code-cracking of secret messages hidden throughout the book
- Cold cases and hidden places, cool disguises and wicked surprises, menacing mysteries, undiscovered histories, and so much more!
For the Outdoor Explorers
Little Kids First Big Book of Rocks, Minerals and Shells (ages 4-8, hardcover, 128 pgs).
This new addition to the wildly popular Little Kids First Big Book series introduces a fascinating variety of Earth’s rocks, minerals, gemstones, fossils, and shells — from granite to gold, marble to malachite, and conchs to clams. Discover how rocks are formed, the three kinds of rocks, and the difference between rocks and minerals. Learn how rocks and minerals are used in art, architecture, industry, and science. Then journey to the oceans to explore seashells and the amazing animals that once inhabited them. Packed with more than 200 stunning photos, including closeups of each specimen, this colorful book showcases breathtaking natural sites such as the Giant’s Causeway and human-built structures like the Great Wall of China. Filled with fun facts, this book is designed for interactive learning, the Little Kids First Big Book of Rocks, Minerals, and Shells.
Brain Candy 3 (ages 8-12, paperback)
Elephants have thick skin, but just how thick? Turns out it’s 50 times thicker than human skin and can add as much as 2,000 pounds (900kg) to the weight of this massive animal! Earth’s smaller animals offer some sweet surprises, too. Hop on a honeybee to discover just how hardworking these fast-flying insects are. They beat their wings 200 times a second as they fly about. And no wonder they’re so busy–they need to pollinate two million flowers to make just one pound (.45 kg) of honey. If you like seeing far-out facts in a new light, the third book in the series takes a deep (and delicious) dive into numbers, fun facts, and cool trivia on all kinds of topics. It’s a novel approach to feeding kids smart snackable bites about the world and is sure to be an addictive addition to bookshelves and backpacks.
101 Life Hacks: Genius Ways to Simplify Your World (ages 8-12, paperback)
Try these cool hacks! Turn ordinary into awesome with this fun book, jam-packed with science-inspired ideas kids can use to simplify, prettify, and eco-fy their lives at home, school, and on the go. Get tips and tricks for upcycling and reusing old stuff, as well as hands-on activities, fun facts, and insights from professional-grade life hackers who use their problem-solving skills to change the world. Make cool lantern lights for your room, discover a tried-and-true brain freeze cure, learn how to boost your memory power, and more. By the end, you’ll be able to hack your way through all kinds of problems, from a messy backpack to stage fright, a drippy ice pop to smelly shoes!
Go Wild! Sea Turtles (hardcover, ages 4-8)
Welcome to the wild world sea turtles! In this intro to the species, youngsters discover where on Earth these animals live, what they eat, how big they grow, and how they communicate. Cool photos of all the different kinds of sea turtles relatives and just-hatched turtle babies bring the creatures into full focus. After learning the basics, young readers will discover why sea turtles need our help and what people around the world are doing to help save them. Filled with fun facts, games, and an activity focused on making a difference in the sea turtle world, this book will inspire kids to care about these amazing animals.
Enter to win a National Geographic Kids Prize Package below!
National Geographic Kids Prize Package includes: Ultimate Book of African Animals, Top Secret: Spies, Codes, Capers, Gadgets and Classified Cases Revealed, Little Kids First Big Book of Rocks, Minerals and Shells, Brain Candy 3, 101 Life Hacks: Genius Ways to Simplify Your World and Go Wild! Sea Turtles. MSPR: $83.94
Giveaway open to entrants living in the US. Must be 18+ or have parents permission to enter. Only one entry per household allowed. Prizing and samples provided by Society Socks. Giveaway ends December 7, 2021. Visit Giveaway Terms & Conditions for additional details and rules.