With the holiday season upon, I have one thing on my mind! Well two things. Christmas cookies… and what to get my son for the holiday. Luckily, I don’t have to spend too much time thinking (and can spend more time enjoy those Christmas cookies) since I know there is the gift my son always enjoys… books! Even at 5 years old, he loves loves loves combing through books. Sure he’s still learning the read, but he enjoys looking at the photos, and of course, asking me tons of questions while I read to him. He’s at the age where he wants to soak up as knowledge. Thanks to National Geographic Kids, giving the gift of knowledge is quite simple this year with their selection of amazing books.
Even though we still have 10 more days till Christmas, I decided to go ahead and share with my son some of the great books available through National Geographic. He was all smiles as I read him the titles!
National Geographic Kids Books
Right away his favorite was Weird but True 8! Volume 8 is the latest book in the wildly popular Weird But True series.
The quirky facts and tidbits are really quite fun. My son just couldn’t stop laughing. Kids really will have so much fun reading this book, they will probably forget that they are actually learning!
As we start to travel more as a family, he was super excited to check out the National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide USA Centennial Edition.
We have plans to visit Bryce National Park and Zion National Park in the upcoming year.
Another great gift offered by National Geographic is their Kids Almanac 2017. This book is packed with eye catching photos, fun facts, crafts, activities, and fascinating features about animals, science, nature, technology, and much much more.
New features for 2017 include highlights on National Geographic Explorers; a tour of history’s most famous sites; an updated “Fun and Games” chapter filled with all new games, jokes, and comics; and all new weird-but-true facts, crafts, and activities. There is also a new special “17 Facts for 2017” feature in every chapter!
Another book my son loved having us to read him is Famous Fails! If your child loves history, then they will definitely enjoy this book packed with unique tales of famous epic flops. There are definitely some great lessons in this book, and I love that even though the goof-ups are hilarious, the book still analyzes what went wrong, and what can be learned from the mistake.
Is your child more into… let’s say, oceanography than history? Definitely check out the Ultimate Oceanpedia! From tsunamis and sea turtles to riptides and reefs, learn all about the creatures, science, and ecology of our oceans—which cover more of the planet than all of the continents combined, and are just as important.
The book has everything… and I mean EVERYTHING about the ocean. Such a great resource! The vivid photographs and fun tidbit facts are not only entertaining, but informative.
My son cannot put this book down! He keeps asking me over and over again when we are going to the local aquarium.
I’m starting to think I may have a feature oceanographer on my hands. Check out my Instagram photo below, taken during breakfast this morning! Yes, as a result of this book’s amazing life photos, my son wants to take it with him everywhere to “read.”
Now before my son discovered his new found love of the ocean, he was all about engineering! How Things Work: Unplugged, Unraveled, and Revealed is perfect for your little ones with inquisitive minds.
As you can guess with the title, this book explores how everything from computers to microwaves to tractor beams to even rubber erasers work. I also love that the book explores and details true stories and biographies of real scientists and engineers.
Lastly, I want to make sure you know that nonfiction isn’t the only type of book offered by National Geographic Kids. Check out their stunningly illustrated Tales from the Arabian Nights!
This book is filled with magical retelling of classic tales from Arabian folklore. What a wonderful way to introduce a whole new generation to the adventures of Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor, and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
These books are just a few of the amazing gifts and learning tools available thanks to National Geographic Kids! Be sure to check out their online shop for all your holiday gift-giving needs.
What National Geographic Kids book would your children love to read?
This post is in partnership with National Geographic Kids. All opinions are 100% my own.