Can you believe that it’s unofficially the start to summer? Honestly, it seems like just yesterday I was seeing heart shaped boxes of chocolates for Valentines Day in the store. Sadly, I recently saw a BACK TO SCHOOL display at a local retailer. Seriously? The kids around here are still IN school, so why in the world would you want rush them to go back to school already? Sheesh!
Summer is a great time to catch up on all that reading you meant to do all year. It’s also a time for children to catch up on summer reading. Some schools require that children read “X” number of age (or reading level) appropriate books for the summer. My kids had to read at least four books when they were younger. While I agree it’s important to encourage reading, I also don’t think it needs to be forced upon them. Some kids simply are not readers. That is, unless they are reading something fun that interests them. That was the case with my son.
If you are looking for some great books for your child to read this summer, check out these titles from Nat Geo Kids.
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.
I’m all for life hacks. There used to be a show on television dedicated to life hacks. I loved it!
This book is geared towards children, however as an adult, I found a lot of these hacks to be useful for me and my family too.
National Geographic Kids Almanac 2022 (ages 8-12, paperback) – The number one selling kids almanac on the planet!
‘”…this gathering of upbeat, vividly illustrated, browser-friendly dips into topics ranging from black holes to blue-footed boobies to Bolivian street food is hard to put down, and the pop quizzes and research guides at each chapter’s end will give studious sorts a leg up, too.” – Kirkus
The latest installment of the New York Times best-selling almanac features amazing animal stories, explorer profiles, and outrageous attractions that kids know and love, plus more of the incredible inventions, awesome games, and fresh challenges for curious kids who want to learn all about the world and everything that’s in it. Tons of fun facts, crafts, activities, and fascinating features about animals, science, nature, technology, conservation help kids keep up with our quickly changing world and is why this is the number one selling kids almanac on the planet. There’s a whole chapter full of fun and games, including activities, jokes, and comics and the colorful compilation also includes an Almanac Challenge 2022 — which inspires kids to reduce their plastic waste.
I have received these books to review over the years and they are HANDS DOWN one of the most awesome books I have ever received to review. Even as an adult I ALWAYS find interesting and amazing information about so many things throughout the pages of these books.
I have donated these books to the program that I work in and my “work kids” always enjoy these books. I often see them flipping through the pages and reading about so many fascinating facts. I’ve even had them tell me about things they have read in the books (“Ms. Kimberly, did you know that…?”). I love it! Not only are the kids totally engrossed in the books, but they are also learning.
This book is OVER FLOWING with spectacular full color photos and interesting facts. Even children too young to read will enjoy flipping through the pages and looking at the images.
Explorer Academy Series by Trudi Trueit (ages 8-12, available in Hardcover and PB) – OVER 1800 FIVE STAR REVIEWS ON AMAZON!!
- “This exciting, fast-paced, far-flung story is full of science facts and James Bond-like gadgets, accompanied by colored illustrations. The ending is guaranteed to keep readers eager for the next series installment.” – Booklist
- Explorer Academy is exciting and smart. —Karen Bokram, Editor-in-Chief, Girls’ Life
National Geographic’s blockbuster fiction series, Explorer Academy, has it all: a diverse cast of characters, cool technology, code breaking, adventure, exotic locations and a thrilling global mission — all inspired by the real adventures and explorations of the National Geographic Society. Join Cruz as he leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy with the world’s leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there’s more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at the Academy than he discovers that his family has a mysterious past with the organization that could jeopardize his future. In the midst of codebreaking and cool classes, new friends and exotic locales, eco-challenges and augmented reality expeditions, Cruz must tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him, and why? Books 1-5 are out now, and book 6, The Dragon’s Blood will be released in October!
I personally have only read one of the books in the series, thus far. I have received them to review in the past, and I donated them to the program where I work. I know that several of the kids I work with “checked them out” of our “library” to read. I had one girl especially who LOVED these books. She couldn’t get enough of them. Sadly, I wasn’t able to see her this current school year. When we return to school in September, she’ll be on to 7th grade, and at a different school. HOPEFULLY the other books are still in our “library” when we return in the fall, so I can add this one to the collection.
If your child is a fan of the series, or you think they would be interested in the book(s), be sure to have them check out the Explorer Academy website featuring videos, comic shorts, games, profiles of real-life National Geographic Explorers, chapter excerpts and more.
5000 Awesome Facts About Everything (ages 8-12, Hardcover)
This BIG book is literally busting its covers with fascinating, fun-tastic facts on super, sensational topics that kids love. Who knew that there were so many sweet things to learn about chocolate or that a dozen delicious details about peanut butter would show up on a page with a few splotches of jelly to whet our appetites? Keep turning and a terrifyingly toothy shark tells you all about himself, while other spreads lay out tons of tips on toys and games, mysteries of history, robots and reptiles, sports and spies and wacky words. A visual feast of colorful photographs surrounded by swirling, tipping, expanding, and climbing bits of information in a high-energy design, this book will satisfy both the casual browser and the truly fact obsessed.
This books is amazing. Scratch that – it’s A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!! I am an adult, and I consider myself pretty smart (I do well on Jeopardy), however, I never knew a lot of these incredible facts found in this book.
The book covers a variety of subjects. Each fact is a brief “tid bit.” It’s not a lengthy description. It’s just a little factoid “nugget” of information. There are a few pages that provide you with “100 facts about…” which look like a lot to read, but it’s really just 100 facts written to look like a full page.
Did you know that every person in the US uses 100 gallons of water PER DAY? Or that there are more kangaroos in Australia than people (that is crazy!). Also, there are 400 breeds of domesticated horses? My mind is blown!
The book features hundreds of full color images which really bring the facts to life. Even if you don’t read the facts, the images in the book are fun to look at.
The cover even “invites” you in to check out the pages inside. The way it’s designed, it looks “sparkly.” I tried to get a good photo of the effect, but it didn’t turn out so well.
Izzy Newton and the SMART Squad Absolute Hero by Valerie Tripp (ages 8-12, Hardcover)
A brand new series from the author of many beloved American Girl books, Valerie Tripp! Join Izzy Newton and her friends at Atom Middle School in the first adventure of this new middle-grade fiction series. A crowded new school and a crazy class schedule is enough to make Izzy feel dizzy. But for the S.M.A.R.T. Squad, it’s all about relying on the value of friendship and the power of science to help them think their way through all kinds of sticky situations. Science and tech reign supreme when these five brainy buddies put their heads together! Read the first chapter, check out the book trailer, and meet the characters at https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/books/smart-squad/. And stay tuned…..Book 2 will be out in October!
I have not had the chance to read through this book yet. When I do, I’ll come back to this post and update it with my thoughts about it.
Zeus the Mighty Series (ages 8-12, Hardcover)
Welcome to Mount Olympus, a pet supply and rescue center that sits high on a hill in Athens, Georgia. The overconfident hamster Zeus, wise cat Athena, and other rescued pets live there under the watchful eye of their caretaker, Artie, who’s obsessed with Greek mythology. The pets overhear her favorite podcast, Greeking Out, and believe themselves to be the actual megastars of mythology! Join . Get ready to laugh, cheer, and learn with this Zeus and his minions in their rollicking romps through Greek mythology and unforgettable adventures. Books One and Two are currently available, with Book Three coming out in August! Check out the Zeus the Mighty website for books, fun printables, games, fun Greek facts and episodes of the real life Greeking Out podcast!
This is a enjoyable book with fun illustrations.
I remember learning about Greek Mythology in school and found it B-O-R-I-N-G! Not with this book. I wish we had this book to read in school. It actually made learning about Greek mythology fun!
As an adult, I found the book delightful. It was well written, funny and engaging.
If you are looking for a book series that is great for both boys and girls, this would be one worth checking out.
All of these books are available on Amazon, as well as other book retailers. I have linked to each book for your convenience.
For more information about Nat Geo Kids books, visit the official website (Kids.NationalGeographic.com/Books). They can also be found on social media.
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