Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Three new National Geographic Kids Books releases that kids will LOVE -- space, dinosaurs, & animals of all kinds [Review & Giveaway]

All three of these middle grade titles are ideal for kicking off the school year, celebrating STEM/STEAM Day on November 8th, and holiday gift giving. 


National Geographic Kids Dinosaur Atlas: When they roamed, How they lived, & Where we find their fossils (ages 7-10)

My thoughts:
The continuing growth of information about dinosaurs is both interesting and captivating and this is especially true for those young folks who find the strange beasts fascinating.

I found it interesting that the artist has rendered the vast variety of these ancient reptiles (and birds) based on assumptions formulated from geological finds across the globe.

I found the well presented information showing the various areas on Earth and the specific dinosaur finds that have been made in each area of particular interest. Of course, these are fossils found through excavations that are retrieved by specialists in their field.

The chart at the end of the book with the names of the dinosaurs is certain to be a valuable tool in study.

This is another good book for all types of libraries and for the youngster that is particularly interested in these ancient beasts.

About the book: As one of National Geographic Kids' lead titles this Fall, the one-of-a-kind Dinosaur Atlas is a standout in every way.  The oversized hardcover format showcases stunning, full color dinosaur illustrations on every page and the custom-made, kid-friendly maps were created by National Geographic's legendary cartography and exploration experts. Vetted and curated by Dr. Steve Brusatte -- a paleontologist on faculty at the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburg, a PhD recipient from Columbia University, and the science consultant for the Jurassic World franchise -- this atlas contains the most detailed and accurate information not only about dino "fan favorites" but also about the most recent dinosaur discoveries from less explored dig sites around the world. 

With more than 75 prehistoric creatures featured, the Dinosaur Atlas takes readers on a tour of every dinosaur-inhabited continent, from Pangea to the modern day, revealing which creatures lived there, what their habitats were like and where dinosaur bones are being found today. Special sections introducing the dinosaur family tree, a prehistoric era timeline, the geography of the prehistoric globe, what happened to the dinosaurs, and a dinosaur dictionary  (with phonetic pronunciations) are also included . Lastly, readers will find inspiration from profiles of diverse paleontologists from around the world. Perfect for gift giving, school, library and family bookshelves and to satisfy even the most dino-obsessed. 

Can't Get Enough Space Stuff: Fun Facts, Awesome Info, Cool Games, Silly Jokes, and More! by Julie Beer, Stephanie Warren Drimmer  (ages 7-10) 

My thoughts: 
National Geo Kids has produced another enticing book that is fun, educational, and entertaining. Kids will enjoy learning these factoids that are grouped interestingly together. 

The jokes and riddles are nice breaks in learning to share a laugh or two with parents and other kids.

Another great book to add to your library for your STEM minded kids. 

About the book: Featuring more than 200 extraordinary illustrations and photographs, detailed diagrams and infographics and a winning combination of comprehensive articles that do a deep dive into outer space research, fast facts and first-hand accounts from experts, Can't Get Enough Space Stuff is the ultimate book for space enthusiasts.  This book covers it all -- get the scoop on space food, space junk, space volcanoes and NASA's future plans for reaching Mars and Europa.  Learn about how scientists are looking for life on other planets, cutting edge space technology, mind-blowing black holes and the International Space Station.  Hands-on activities you can try at home are a terrific resource for STEM studies and science fair projects and a fun way to celebrate World Space Week (October 4-10, 2022)!

5,000 Awesome Facts (About Animals) (ages 8-12) 

My thoughts: 
I am totally in awe at the "awesome facts" about animals this huge book contains. Pages are packed with a plethora of information ingeniously crafted into categories that permit engaged educational impact.

In fact, the facts are so numerous that one can simply drown in their abundance. So careful dieting of reading time might be called for in this case. But none-the-less, the book is shelf-worthy for any thinker's library and would make a much appreciated gift.

Highly recommended by this reviewer.

About the book: Ever wonder how smart a chicken is? Why a tiny island is home to thousands of venomous snakes? What sound a rhino makes when it’s happy? 5,000 Awesome Facts (About Animals) -- a big, beautiful and gift worthy book for animal lovers and the fact-obsessed -- leaves no habitat unexplored or unusual animal ability unmentioned.  
A clever note to readers at the end of the book "pulls back the curtain" and shares the process of how a book like this is created, the breadth and depth of the expertly researched and extensive menagerie of animals included and the design genius behind this captivating and colorful collection:
"Just how did we get 5,000 awesome facts about animals into this book? First, we came up with a list of all kinds of critters and their cool and crazy habits, habitats, and traits: from hovering hummingbirds and precious pets to burying beetles and gigantic gorillas, from creatures that swim in the sea to those that fly high. Then we figured out how to fit all these facts about Earth’s amazing animals on the pages. It was kind of like doing a jigsaw puzzle! Some topics have 15 facts. Some have 25. Some even have 100! We carefully researched each and every fact to make sure it’s absolutely true. And we illustrated and designed the pages so well that you’ll never want to stop looking at them. Then we added up all the facts to get to 5,000. It didn’t take 5,000 people to make this awesome book—but it did take a colossal crew of writers, editors, photo editors, and designers—the most awesome book team around!"
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  1. (1) Do you provide your child (or child you have some influence) with fiction or non-fiction books? -- I try to get great niece a variety of types of books. I want her to fall in love with reading.

    (2) Which do you prefer for yourself - fiction or non-fiction?- For me I am 95% fiction. But I have a wide variety of authors that I always read their new books. And then I try others

    (3) Do you have a SPECIFIC Nat'l Geo Kids book you RECOMMEND? ---- Hard answer because it depends on the kids. For my great great nephew who loves dinosaurs I always find natl geo books that he learns about dinosaurs. Great niece has not found one thing only to like she likes ever thing.

  2. What is an astronauts favorite sandwich? Launchmeat. Total dad joke. Love it.

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    (1) Do you provide your child (or child you have some influence) with fiction or non-fiction books? Yes, we read both.

    (2) Which do you prefer for yourself - fiction or non-fiction? non-fiction

    (3) Do you have a SPECIFIC Nat'l Geo Kids book you RECOMMEND? Haven't read any.

  4. We read both!
    I like fiction!
    I like their almanac!


  5. I found like U.S. states and territories section interesting, we like learning facts about states.

  6. (1) Both fiction and non-fiction

    (2) I don't have a preference.

    (3) Any of the Weird But True! books

  7. One thing I found interesting is that they offer games on their website.


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