I love books. I’ve always loved books. I think I’ll always love books.
When I was a young girl I couldn’t get enough of books. I loved to read. I especially loved to read books that were educational. I loved to read about animals, mummies, outer space and about far away places/countries. I guess that is why I do so well with Jeopardy. I know a little about a lot of things.
I don’t get as much time to read as I was when I was a kid. Between my family, home, work and other commitments, reading tends to take the “backseat” to everything else. When I do find the time to read I tend to read things that are quick and easy, but are still fun and engaging.
My kids used to love to read, well, more so my daughter than my son. He loved to read, but it was usually just one subject or one book series at a time. My daughter on the other hand would go through books like crazy. Even as a young adult, she still loves books.
One of my personal favorite book series is not geared towards adults, but adults can appreciate them just the same. It’s the books from National Geographic Kids Weird But True! series.
I’ve reviewed Weird But True! books in the past. These books are chuck full of fascinating information about a variety of people, places, animals and things.
The Weird But True! book series now has 10 books in the franchise, in addition to other interesting Weird But True! books.
Here are the latest additions.
Weird But True! 10 (ages 8-12, $8.99)
This is the latest release in the main Weird But True! series and books 1-9 has been refreshed and expanded to include 50 MORE facts than the original releases (that’s 350 facts per book if you are counting!)! Did you know that ears are self-cleaning, or that itching is contagious? It’s all totally weird … but true! Each of the ten books of this main seriescontains 350 surprising and amazing facts about topics like science, space, weather, geography, food, pop culture, and just about everything else under the sun, presented with fascinating photos and illustrations.
As it is with the other books in this series, this book is chuck full of fascinating facts and things to really make you think and question the word around you.
Did you know that scientists can tell what type of shampoo you used by analyzing your cell phone? Or that mosquitos pee on your while they suck your blood? Ewwwww! I didn’t need to know that fact. LOL!
Weird But True! Know-It-All Greek Mythology (ages 8-12, $12.99)
The newest in the WBT book family, WBT Know-It-All focuses on a specific topics structured into profiles. Weird But True! Know-It-All Greek Mythology includes everything kids need to know about all their favorite Greek gods, heroes, monsters, quests, muses, and famous philosophers. From who gave mankind fire to famous fatal flaws to who stood guard at the Underworld, this book includes all the iconic Greek myths and key characters — and then goes one wonderfully weird step beyond.
I used to be interested in Greek Mythology when I was younger. I found many of the books on the subject to be either boring or overwhelming. Not this book. This book was a joy to read. It piqued my interest in Greek Mythology again.
Did you know, the ancient Greeks wouldn’t eat beans because they thought they contained the souls of the dead? Or that there are towns in the United States named after Greek Gods, such as Medusa, New York and Pandora, Ohio.
If you ask my husband what he thinks about Greek Mythology, he’ll tell you it’s “boring.” He didn’t think that way after I quoted some facts to him from the pages of this book. I found it to be very intriguing. If you can make an adult change his mind, then I think the book has done it’s job. Imagine what it can do for a child.
Weird But True! Cool and Crazy Sticker Doodle Book (ages 8-12, $12.99)
Get ready for even more DO-IT-YOURSELF weirdness in the latest Weird But True! Sticker Doodle title. With each turn of the page kids learn new information and get to try new wacky activities, from doodling prompts to crosswords, mazes to picture puzzles. This book unleashes kids’ creativity in a uniquely Nat Geo Kids way.Discover amazing weird facts and then doodle, draw, or color away right on the page. Did you know that some American soldiers once rode camels instead of horses? Draw some other unexpected animal mounts! Did you know that some ice-cream trucks serve scoops just for dogs? Create some other gourmet masterpieces for your canine companion. Enhance your wacky masterpieces with 150 fun stickers included in the book. Let your kids’ creativity run wild for hours on end in this perfect boredom-buster for rainy days, car rides, or any time.
I love that this is more than just a book about interesting facts. It’s also very interactive. There is a lot to do on the pages (draw, color…) all while providing you with amazing facts about people, places and things.
There are many puzzles and activities that you can do right in the book. The answers are also provided in the back of the book should anything stump you.
My favorite activity in this book are the mazes. I love doing mazes. I find these to be challenging enough to do, yet easy enough for an 8-12 year old to do as well.
There are 150 stickers included with this book (kids love stickers).
In this book I learned that in Pennsylvania its illegal for a fortune teller to tell you where to bury treasure, and that diamonds can fall to Earth from outer space. Imagine that? I would love for a 10K diamond to fall in my yard. LOL!
Weird But True! Christmas ages (8-12, $8.99)
A bit different than the main Weird But True! series, this title is focused on one theme — spreading holiday cheer with festive far-out facts about Christmas! Makes a terrific stocking stuffer.
I think it’s great that National Geographic Kids came out with a book just about Christmas. I enjoyed reading it and “wowing” my family and friends with all the great tid bits of information I learned. For example, did you know the holiday song known as The Christmas Song (“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”) was written during the summer? Or that every snowflake has six sides (I wonder how they discovered that). Another fun fact – Female reindeer are the only ones to keep their antlers through December, so technically that means all of Santa’s reindeer are female.
All of these books feature vivid, colorful photographs and illustrations that go along with the facts it’s talking about. They make these books just as much of a pleasure to look at as they are to read.
I have to laugh at the age “limits” for these books (8-12 years old). I’m an adult. I’m a mature adult (meaning I’m “old”). I’m well over the target age range for these books, and then some. Yet I find these books to be very interesting and fun to read. “I” learn a lot reading these books.
I love how these books are set up. Instead of offering you pages or paragraphs of information on a single topic, they provide you with easy to read and comprehend “snippets” of fun facts and weird information. Personally, I find it a lot easier to retain information when it’s precise and to the point. If it’s too drawn out I tend to lose focus and interest. My husband is the same way. I’m sure we’re not the only ones (child or adult).
Once a fan, always a fan. I simply love these Weird But True! books from National Geographic Kids. In fact, I love all National Geographic and National Geographic Kids books.
These books would make a great gift and/or stocking stuffer for the holidays, as well as year-round gifts.
To learn more about this book series, visit the National Geographic Kids Weird But True! page. You can also find them on social media – Facebook (@NationalGeographicKids) and Twitter (@NGKids). In addition, you can also celebrate Weird But True Wednesday every week with Nat Geo Kids social media – #WBTWednesday.
You may also be interested in these additional Weird But True! resources.
- Watch the Emmy nominated Weird But True TV on Fox’s Xploration Station.
- Listen to the Weird But True Radio on Sirius XM Kids’ Place Live.
- Check out videos galore at National Geographic Kids Weird But True! Youtube Channel.
- Download the Weird But True! app.
- Enter the Weird But True! USA contest. Share your wacky fact about your town or state.
I have an awesome giveaway, just in time for Christmas. The winner will receive the following.
- Weird But True! Books 1-10 (the entire collection!)
- Weird But True! Know-It-All Greek Mythology
- Weird But True! Cool and Crazy Sticker Doodle Book
- Weird But True! Christmas
Thirteen books in total. They have a combined retail value of $130! Thank you National Geographic Kids.
To enter, please comment on this post and tell me which one of these books you think your child/grandchild (or yourself) would most like to have?
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*I received free sample copies to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. National Geographic will be providing the prize package.