There are many almanacs, fact books, record books and books that highlight extremes or oddities, but one of the best such annual books for kids, ages 8-12, is National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016.
So what makes this book, a New York Times Bestseller, appealing to kids like my 10 year old son?
· Glossy, colorful and well designed.
· Priced right at $14.99.
· Useful in sharing information on a wide variety of subjects including travel, geography, green living, women in history, weather, animals, oceans, the human body and space.
· Fascinating in its presentation of stories, unusual facts and stunning photos that reveal a hidden world to us.
Here are some interesting facts that any reader can discover and enjoy by reading this book:
· Only one US president was born in September, William Taft.
· The Amazon Rain Forest in South America is nearly as long as the continuous United States.
· The language most people speak as their primary language is Chinese—1.2 billion speak it worldwide. Spanish is second with 414 million. English is third with 335 million.
· Some dinosaurs were no bigger than chickens.
· A basset hound weighs about as much as an elephant’s head.
These type of books are perfect for kids because they make learning fun. Some of the information may seem more trivial than useful, but children expand their minds to think about life before them and beyond their own backyard.
When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to see the newest edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. It would contain the oddest people, accomplishments and things. It made me realize that the spectrum of humanity was far and wide. Although we all share something in common, we could be capable of such different things.
Books like the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016 may not contain many continuous reading passages, but kids do read a lot, especially when they are motivated by the interesting content.
These books help kids learn a certain core cultural literacy while simultaneously selectively showing snapshots of the world that perhaps up until now few people know. I can’t wait to go back and consult my almanac to see what else I could learn.
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