As an educator, I was so excited to have the opportunity to review these amazing texts through my partnership with Moms Meet and National Geographic Kids. Let me be the first to say that we already love National Geographic Kids and subscribe monthly to the magazine, so we were looking forward to seeing what else National Geographic Kids had in store for us. I am always in search of quality texts for my daughter, especially because she loves all things science. Even if your child isn’t into science, it’s hard to not see how engaging and fun these are, even for the most reluctant STEM learners!
As subscribers to the NatGeo Kids magazine, I was expecting the same high quality pictures and engaging information in the National Geographic 2019 Almanac. We were not disappointed. The book came with lots of vibrant photos and engaging quick bites of information from around the world. My daughter was immediately captivated with the colorful photos and interesting facts. She loved skipping around and asking me to read the information to her.
What I loved about the Almanac was that it can be used for many ages! Since my daughter is five, she is just starting to identify words so we used this as a tool for literacy as well as a tool to discuss scientific facts. She loved asking lots of questions about the different features in the Almanac. The book is very well organized and has a section for everything from “Going Green” to “Geography” and everything in between. There is pretty much something for every kid in this book. For the older kiddos, there are fun puzzles and games as well.
Perhaps the best part of these texts is the fact that they can grow with your children. I anticipate using these books for awhile, which isn’t always the case with every book. As your child develops more advanced literacy skills, they will be able to read the text on their own and still enjoy the photographs. Using the information to discover even more about a particular animal, land form or scientific discovery is a great way for them to gather some basic information about the natural wonders of our world.
Explorer Academy Series
The second book we reviewed was the The Nebula Secret from the Explorer Academy Series. Although some of the themes presented in this book are for an older audience, my daughter enjoyed the parts of the book that I read aloud. I would say that the target audience for this book would be 3rd to 6th grades. Reluctant readers will love the non-stop action in this book. Cruz and his classmates have lots of adventures while they attend the “school” for explorers. One of the nicest features of the text is that it incorporated some drawings and visual elements. This helps to break up the longer chunks of texts for readers who are building reading stamina.
Overall we were so happy to have had the opportunity to check out these books and the other goodies! If you are a fan of high quality texts and engaging photos, look no further! Are you a subscriber to Nat Geo Kids? Would love to hear some of your favorite features!
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