If there was ever a book I would want my son reading it would be the National Geographic Kids Almanac. As a little girl, I used to poor over every annual issue myself, dreaming about all of the exotic places I would visit one day. I want the same for my son, so I was excited when he was sent the 2016 issue. Joaquín is still too young to understand the Almanac, but he loves when my husband and I show it to him, in fact he pulls it off the bookshelf almost every day!
While I think the Almanac is perfect for a child of any age, it is created for ages 8-12 in mind. Traveling with children can certainly bring its own challenges, but there is one travel essential that not only will get kids involved in the planning process, but is also a terrific “boredom buster” for those long car trips or flights and that is the National Geographic Kids Almanac. Not only that, your children are guaranteed to be inspired to become explorers with the gorgeous photography and engrossing material found within the pages.
Whether considering a trip to Belize’s Blue Hole, New York City’s One World Trade Center, Gibraltar’s Macaques rock monkeys, one of the U.S.’s many beautiful national parks, or Chile’s Santiago Cathedral, the Almanac is bursting with information about the culture, history, animal life, geography, wackiest weather, and interesting facts from every corner of the globe.
In addition to an entire section that provides an overview of all 195 countries and another section containing info on the U.S.’s 50 states, the Almanac also features “You Are There” vignettes, making the reader feel like they are on the Singapore Flyer (one of the world’s highest observation wheels), spotting wild orangutans in Borneo, or visiting the Mayan ruins of Copan in Honduras. Quite simply, it is a terrific introduction to not only the foreign lands far from home, but also exciting locations just a car ride away.
With over 2.5 million copies in print, the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016 has become the gold standard for high-interest nonfiction for middle grade readers. This new and updated 2016 edition tips the scales at over 350 pages and contains 900+ incredible photographs that only National Geographic can deliver, as well as page after page of facts, crafts, activities, games, jokes, comics, quizzes, first hand accounts by Nat Geo Explorers, and fascinating articles about animals, science, nature, going “green,” technology and more. It is literally hours upon hours of entertainment. Free digital extras that allow young readers to access videos, photo galleries, and games by using clues found in the book to unlock these online gems are also available, making the Almanac the only kids’ almanac with mobile media features. In my opinion, every single child should have one!