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I can't possibly be the only parent that is in denial that Christmas is less than 2 weeks away! No matter how much I try and be ready for the holidays they still seem to creep up on me! For all those last minute gifts I highly suggest giving books! Yes, that is probably the librarian in me talking but every time I give a set of "cool books" to little kids their eyes always light up and they smile as they start thumbing through the pages. Books are an educational gift that kids will enjoy all year long.
You can't just grab any old book of the shelf...a thoughtfully selected book will hold a child's interest for hours as they read every word on the page. National Geographic Kids Books is featuring FIVE new titles that are perfect gifts for the explorer in all of us. From the big WOW books for middle graders, to a wonderfully touching picture book for young readers as well as new and expecting moms, these bright, beautiful titles?cater to bookworms and reluctant readers alike. They are fun, visually stunning, totally engrossing AND educational!
Weird But True! Christmas: 300 Festive Facts to Light Up the Holidays?? (ages 8-12, 208 pages)?Even Christmas can be weird -- it's true! Get ready to celebrate the holiday season with wacky facts, stats, tidbits, and traditions about the most wonderful time of the year. Did you know that Santa's reindeer are probably all female? Or that artificial snow can be made from seaweed? Or that "Jingle Bells" was the first Christmas carol sung in space? Every kid will ho ho ho when they unwrap this fun and festive little gift book, perfect for stocking stuffers or under the tree.
Ultimate Dinopedia?- (ages 7-10, 296 pages) Dinosaurs continue to fascinate kids, and although these amazing creatures roamed the Earth ages ago, new dinosaur discoveries are still being made today! The new edition of the popular Nat Geo Kids Dinopedia includes all the latest species and is the most complete, up-to-date dinosaur reference available. Find favorites, like the fierce T-rex and the gentle Brontosaurus, plus audacious new finds, like the Anzu, Kosmoceratops, and Yi. Every dino profile is colorfully illustrated and features descriptions of when they roamed the Earth, how they lived, what they ate, and more. There are more than 600 dinos featured in all, including 10 profiles of recently discovered dinosaurs and new entries in the Dino Dictionary. Reports from paleontologists present the latest news and insights from the field.
Bet You Didn?t Know: Fascinating, Far-Out, Fun-tastic Facts?- (ages 8-12, 192 pages) Did you know that the first stop signs were black and white? Or that a litter of kittens is called a kindle? There's a lot to know and we bet you'll have fun learning these fun, far-out facts in the next super series from National Geographic Kids! Based on a favorite department in Nat Geo Kids magazine, this book is chock-full of fascinating facts, silly stats, and catchy little knowledge nuggets in all kinds of cool categories, from astronomy and dinosaurs to revolutions and breakfast. Special features include Extreme Weirdness, Strange Places, Wacky World, and more.
Just Joking Jumbo?? (ages 7-10, 288 pages)? Can't get enough hilarious jokes from National Geographic Kids? Never fear! With this brand-new bigger, better Just Joking book, you'll get loads of laughs to keep you ROFL and to share with friends and family. It's jam-packed with 1,000 jokes, including knock-knocks, puns, riddles, and tongue twisters, plus more than 1,000 photos of cool animals, silly situations, and more! Get hundreds of fun facts about all the coolest creatures and some of the craziest info about the history of funny business. It's the right formula for laughing, learning, and maybe even launching your stand-up comedy career!
Hey, Baby! A Collection of Pictures, Poems and Stories from Nature's Nursery?- (all ages, 192 pages)?Sweet dreams are made of this! Join National Geographic Kids on a trip around the globe to celebrate nature's nursery. Get up close to adorable baby animals -- from the teensiest turtle hatchling to the biggest baby whales; from black bear cubs frolicking free in the Rocky Mountains to a kangaroo joey lounging safely in its mother's pouch. Readers will ooh and aah over the cute baby pictures, sweet stories, folktales, and poems in this lovely keepsake book. Ideal for reading to sleepy little ones!
Each of these books are as awesome as I have come to expect from Nat Geo Kids. The photographs and illustrations are amazing and the facts are enlightening even for me and I have read many a book over the years. These books are often the first Big Sis and Lil Sis grab off the shelves....especially for Big Sis as she is constantly wanting to learn more about the world! They have books for several age ranges and with Amazon they will get to you fast! Happy holidays and happy reading!