Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Holiday Gift Guide for terrific National Geographic Kids books [Spotlight & 6-Book Giveaway USA]

This holiday season National Geographic Kids Books -- the gold standard in "edu-tainment" -- has perfect last minute gift ideas for every curious kid, from big, beautiful and WOW-worthy titles to a stocking stuffer that is, well, STUFFED with silly jokes, fun facts and photos galore.  

Here is a brief rundown of these holiday must-haves that are sure to be a big hit and keep kids engaged long after the batteries have run out on this season’s “it” toy. 

  • For Trivia Buffs and Armchair Travelers:  Weird But True World 2023 
  • For the Young Foodie:  National Geographic Kids Ultimate Food Atlas
  • For the Feline Fanatic: Ultimate Book of Big Cats 
  • For Kids Who Like Action Packed Mystery Adventures: Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret (Book #1 in 7-book series)
  • For the Animal Lover: Why? Animals
  • For the Family Jokester: Just Joking 7

For Trivia Buffs and Armchair Travelers:  Weird But True World 2023 

(Hardcover, $24.99, ages 8-12)   Discover Earth’s strangest animals, natural formations, festivals, ancient wonders, news, and more in this newest addition to the wildly popular Weird But True! family―an annual compendium of everything Weird But True! fans love ... and then some. Readers will journey across the seven continents, dive into the ocean, and even blast off into space to discover a whole wide world of weird. From the troll doll bug of Suriname to the Bog Snorkeling Championships in Wales to a technicolor village in Indonesia, Weird But True! World offers an unparalleled, adventure-filled exploration of our world’s amazing uniqueness. Buy here

For the Young Foodie:  National Geographic Kids Ultimate Food Atlas

From monkey bread in Niger to hokey pokey ice cream in New Zealand, the National Geographic Kids Ultimate Food Atlas (Paperback, ages 8-12, $12.99) takes young readers on a culinary journey, showcasing a mouthwatering mixture of foods, feasts and festivals from around the globe. Kids can also learn about the food industry, food attractions and traditional meals from every continent; put on their chef's hat and try one of the recipes in the book (cherry kompot from Bulgaria, perhaps?); and get some helpful foodie travel tips (when visiting South America, be prepared that the big meal of the day is lunch and dinner is more of a light snack like an arepa or bread and cheese).  Gorgeous full color photos highlight the food, culture, people, plants and animals on every continent. Buy here

For the Feline Fanatic: Ultimate Book of Big Cats 

(Hardcover, $19.99, ages 8-12) They’re strong. They’re powerful. They’re mysterious. Get ready to sink your teeth into the hidden worlds of the seven spectacular big cats―and meet some of their smaller cousins―with National Geographic Explorers Steve Winter and Sharon Guynup as your guides.  From rarely seen snow leopards high up in the Himalaya to tigers silently stalking prey through thick jungle to lions going in for the kill, you’ll get the inside scoop on the fascinating worlds of wild felines and what it’s like to live alongside them.  With exclusive National Geographic photographs and hair-raising behind-the-lens stories from Winter, this book takes you up close and personal with the coolest cats around.  Buy here

For Kids Who Like Action Packed Mystery Adventures: Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret

(Hardcover and Paperback, $16.99/$9.99, ages 8-12)  Cruz 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 augmented reality expeditions, Cruz must tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him, and why? The Explorer Academy seven book series incorporates fact-based fiction, scientific and cultural elements, codebreaking and ciphers, cool technology and gadgets, and a page turning adventure! The first chapter of Book 1 can be read HERE. Buy here

For the Animal Lover: Why? Animals

(Paperback, $12.99, ages 8-12) If you want to rule in your knowledge about the animal kingdom and become an expert on all creatures that crawl, wriggle, run, swim, leap, and fly, this is the book for you!  Want to know why octopuses shoot ink? Or why your cat almost always lands on its feet? Or why on earth penguins can’t fly? This clever Q&A book is packed with answers to your burning questions about animals -- like why pesky mosquitoes think your feet are especially delicious!  Buy here

For the Family Jokester: Just Joking 7

(Paperback, $8.99, ages 7-11) A perfect stocking stuffer -- sized just right! The seventh book in this fan-favorite series delivers 300 new laugh-out-loud knock-knocks, puns, question-and-answer jokes, tongue twisters, and more! Hilarious jokes paired with colorful, silly animal photos are sure to tickle the funny bones of kid comedians everywhere. Plus, the portable size is perfect for throwing in a backpack or tossing in the car for guffaws on the go. Buy  here

All 6 Books shown in this spotlight
Begins November 30
Ends December 16 @ 11:59 p.m. ET
Open to USA addresses only

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DISCLOSURE: I received copies of the books presented in this post. Giveaway prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by publicist. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes. My recommendation is based on confidence in the publisher and quick perusal of books.


  1. i do give books. I have relatives and friends kids of all ages to buy for. I love the nat geo as such great photography

  2. On their web site, I like their Weird But True Inventions information!

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  3. Yes, I do give books as Christmas presents. Yes, National Geographic books are wonderful gifts for people of all ages!

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  4. I did not know about their funny fill in products which will be perfect to use as gifts for youngsters.

  5. I love to give books as presents and I always try to add at least one book.

  6. Is T. Rex actually three different species?  ----- This is the first that I heard this... kinda interesting --- But other paleontologists disagree: They say the difference between the thighbone thickness could be because the dinosaurs were different ages when they died

  7. While reading about dinosaurs on NatGeo I learned that a dinosaur lived in the UK millions of years ago that had a croc like face. Very interesting read for me.

  8. 1) Do you give books as Christmas presents? I give great niece 6 books all the time......... she loves her books

    (2) If you DO GIVE BOOKS AS CHRISTMAS PRESENTS, have you considered a National Geographic book as a gift? I have given my great great nephew natl geo dinsours books for his birthday and christmas.

    (3) What age person - example: child, teen, young adult, mature adult - do you choose to give books as gifts. Kids only I would never buy a book and give to a teen, adult.

  9. I liked being able to take a sneak peak at the national geographic kids magazines from thr last few months. It didn't just have one month available.

  10. I visited the National Geographic Website and I especially liked the Kids vs Plastic' post. Going to share some of the creative gift ideas with my 8-year-old granddaughter!

  11. I was a child who thought that books were some of the very best gifts to receive so I've always given books for Christmas. Most of them that I give are to children because I want to instill the love of reading into their young lives. I'm always on the lookout for good reading material for my 8-year-old granddaughter and the books featured in this giveaway are fantastic suggestions! She is an animal lover and I would definitely consider giving her National Geographic books!

  12. a man dressed as santa went skydiving over the north pole

  13. I do give books as gifts and have many times bought Nat Geo for both my kids and my nephews.


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