As a mom I am always on the look out for books that my children will enjoy. I can usually find books that interest my daughter, but not my son. He’s not really into reading, much to my dismay. Whenever he shows the slightest interest in anything I usually rush right out and buy him several books on the subject in hopes that it will encourage him to read.
Not only do I want books that will spark my children’s imagination but I also enjoy books that have an educational element to them as well. Sometimes learning doesn’t seem like learning if it’s done in an entertaining way. Some of my best classes in school were the ones where the teacher went above and beyond to make the class more entertaining. Education doesn’t have to be boring.
My kids have several books from Time for Kids that they enjoy reading. We have the Big Book of Why?, the Big Book of How? And a few Almanacs, to name a few. What I love most about these books is that they are jam packed with interesting facts. The books are a lot of fun to read. When you read the books it doesn’t seem like they are educational books, but they are!
The books are written for ages 8 and up. My kids are alm0st 13 and 15 and they enjoy the books a lot. The facts you find within the pages are interesting facts. I love it when my kids will tell me something they learned from one of the books, especially in a random situation. They find a way of applying the facts they learn from the books to real life.
A new book from Time Home Entertainment and the editors of Time for Kids was released last month. It’s called the Big Book of What?
Here is some additional information about the book.
Time Home Entertainment Inc. and the editors of TIME For Kids bring children—and adults—a book that contains hundreds of answers to questions kids commonly ask about the world around them, but adults can’t always answer. The BIG Book of What?
The 192-page book, packed with more than 250 colorful photos and diagrams, bring words to life, informing and engaging young readers. TIME For Kids’ high quality visuals, as well as clear, concise and child-friendly explanations, help kids ages 8 and up discover answers to questions covering various topics spanning twelve chapters. Topics and questions, such as:
- Animals – What is a Kookaburra?
- Space – What is a Solar Eclipse?
- The Human Body – What is Dyslexia?
- Weather & Climate – What is the Driest Place on Earth?
- Food – What is Poutine?
- Survival – What If You Come Across a Snake?
- Sports – What is the World’s Most Popular Sport?
- History – What is a Ghost Town?
- Holidays & Festivals – What is Mardi Gras?
- Mysteries – What Was the Roanoke Colony?
- Inventions – What is a Boomerang and How Can You Make Your Own?
- The Future – What Will We Be Eating for Dinner?
I love how they added “adults” into the books description. I can honestly tell you that I have read this book and the other books that we have in this series and I learn a lot from them too. I would like to think I’m pretty smart (I graduated with honors from college), yet the interesting information found within the pages of this book and other books in the series is stuff I never learned about in school or college. It’s fun stuff too, not boring old facts and figures.
By the way, when I first received the book I had to look up the one about What if you come across a snake? When I was younger my cousin and I had an incident with a milk snake. I accidentally stepped on it and it lashed out at my cousin and actually caught on to her shirt and latched on. It was not a pretty scene, that is for sure. For the record one of the suggestions the book gives is not to touch or pick up the snake unless you are 100% sure it’s not venomous. NOT A PROBLEM! The last thing I would do is touch or pick it up. LOL!
There are so many interesting facts in this book. Its truly a great read for young and old alike.
Did you know the human body can survive up to two month or longer without foot (the more overweight you are the longer you can last). However you can only last a few days without water.
Do you know what Spelunking is? I’ll give you a hint – it has to do with caves.
Have you ever gone Zorbing before? It looks like fun!
There are so many fascinating things in the book that you’ll want to read it from cover to cover in one sitting.
My children and I give The Big Book of What? two thumbs up each.
Look for The Big Book of What? where ever books are sold. Also, be sure to check out the other Big Books from TIME for Kids.
*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.