Wild Book Ideas for Kids with National Geographic Kids Books

Disclosure:  National Geographic Kids Books provided product to facilitate this review.  All opinions stated are my own.

It is no secret that my kids like books.  Over the years both of my boys have amassed quite a collection, which speaks a lot of their personalities.  Blake’s collection is heavy on Eyewitness Books and Non-Fiction, while Wyatt’s collection consists of mostly Fiction and Greek Mythology.  But, the what I have noticed is through the years, they both gravitate towards National Geographic Kids Books.  Between the two of them, I think we have at least 20 Nat Geo Kids Books, and multiple Weird but True titles!

I had never really thought about it, but these books make great gifts!  I even got my older son a National Geographic subscription for Christmas and he loves it!!  And, National Geographic Kids Books recently came out with some new titles and sent us over a fun party pack filled with all the titles listed below.  (Note:  one of the books is even fun Thank You Cards!)

100 Things to Be When You Grow Up (ages 8-12, $9.99) – No better time to think about all the possibilities the future holds than a birthday!  From beekeeper to ice-cream taster, forensic psychologist to Hollywood animal trainer, conservation biologist to Chief Happiness Officer, this book features 100 of the coolest, wackiest and most amazing jobs out there (greeting card maker?? Yes, you can!).  Hands-on projects, advice from National Geographic explorers, interviews with experts, weird-but-true facts and tips for aligning your interests and personality to your job and more, this new book in the popular “100 Things” series is a great way to get kids thinking creatively about what their exciting future has in store for them.

Cat Tales:  True Stories of Kindness and Companionship with Kitties (ages 9+, $12.99) features cats from around the world, each one with an amazing story to tell about their compassion, ingenuity and bravery. “Ask an Expert” sections throughout the book offer insight into understanding the curious world of cat behavior, ways to keep your favorite feline happy both mentally and physically and even the trick to taking great cat photos (because the internet does not have nearly enough!:)). And are you curious as to why we love those cute cat videos?  Page 57 explains the science behind the obsession.
Ultimate Space Atlas (ages 8-12, $12.99) — Attention Space Lovers! Blast into space to explore our solar system and beyond. This out-of-this-world atlas takes readers through maps of the solar system, the Milky Way, and deep space, giving them a close look at and locations of planets, supernovas, and other universes. Sky maps will help kids spot these objects in the night sky and maps of planets and our solar system give the kind of incredible detail that National Geographic is known for. It’s the perfect book for space fans and budding astronauts.
Chomp! (ages 7-10, $12.99) – National Geographic Explorer and snake wrangler Dr. Brady Barr has been bitten by a lot of creatures over the years. So this book is born from first hand – er, tooth – experience of getting close to some of the biggest biters in the animal kingdom.  It turns out that there’s a lot more to biting than meets the eye. Physical features and the how (and when and why) an animal bites reveals much about the animal itself. Chomp! highlights an array of awesome creatures with a diversity of chomp styles – from shredders and slicers to grippers and gulpers. Then it shows how tooth type, bite force, jaw shape, and food source all come to together to make each an incredible member of the animal bite force!
Awesome 8 Extreme (ages 8-12, $12.99) — Got a kiddo in mind that always wants to know the who/what/where of the coolest things on the planet? Check out the Top 8 lists in the latest Awesome 8! This lively book features 50 different topics with dazzling photo, such as the 8 most awesome Monster Fish, Dressed Up Dogs, Supersize Sculptures, Rad Replicas, Coolest Pools, Serious Stadium Snacks, Thrilling Theaters, Dazzling but Deadly, Hair Through History, Volcanoes We Lava, and so much more. It’s so graphically engrossing, you truly have to see it to believe it!
National Geographic Kids Thank You Cards (ages 6-9, $9.99) — Pay it forward with this big book of gratitude, filled with 30 cool pull-out thank you postcards and fun themed content. Adorable animal photos paired with heartfelt and funny captions show how much we have to be grateful for in our wondrous world. Each card leaves plenty of room for kids to craft their own messages to show friends and family how much they care. Content includes tips and tricks for writing sincere, well-crafted, and properly formatted thank you notes, as well as more cute creature pictures to spread that warm, fuzzy feeling far and wide.
I had the collection of these books sitting on my desk and before I knew it, a few books had disappeared, thanks to my eight year old.  He quickly asked can I have this and his first pick was the Awesome 8 Extreme and shortly after Cat Tales went missing as well.
The idea of giving books for gifts has always been one of my favorites and I am thrilled to have a few more options to choose from for all the parties we attend for class mates.  I also love that these titles all fall under the $15 price range.
 To purchase these books, find more fun titles or learn more about National Geographic Kids Books be sure to check out their website: Kids.NationalGeographic.com and then follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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