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National Geographic Kids Almanac 2018 (National Geographic Almanacs) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-13 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1426327722
LANGUAGE:English

" This book is fact-filled.... but it's not that boring ( not as boring as you think it is, unless you've read it a few times already). Besides facts, there's a few pages of games and homework help like essay and oral presentation tips. Who knows? The facts might even help you ace your next test! " said.

"I remember reading this as a kid and buying it when my older boys were in school from classroom book orders. It's been years since I flipped through one and was thrilled when Nat Geo offered to send us one.

When people ask me how to get a non-reader reading, I always recommend nonfiction. This one gives you so much bang for the buck- it's thick at 337 pages and is full of fun facts and color images.

It would be ideal to bring on vacation to the beach to share aloud during the hot part of the day when you are all just hanging around in the shade. We always make games out of books, and you could get a lot of road trip time reading snippets aloud and guessing who is correct. Keep score on a notepad or phone and see who knows the most obscure facts. There is one section that shows eighteen items in an explorer pack and we spent almost forty minutes trying to guess all of them.

Not to sound like a commercial but at the current Amazon price of $9, if you get it wet or lose it, it's not the end of the world. I think it is a must buy for Summer, right up there with the bridge workbooks.
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"An almanac is a necessary thing. A reader can get so much information about so many different wonderful things that you didn’t even know existed in snippets that aren’t too large or too small. This almanac is designed just for kids, but parents and teachers will love this too. Readers will find topics that cover space, earth, engineering, technology, nature, inventions, animals and science. Every page is host to photos that enlighten and engage. Charts, graphs and quick facts allow the reader to truly realize the world we live in.

There are a few pages featuring the Top Spot which shares an inside view to the Jaguar and its predatory habits and genetics. Up close and personal photos show off the beauty of the big cat. There are pages dedicated to jokes, cartoons, and funny fill-ins which make the almanac interactive. In the Language and Literature section readers will learn how to say “friend” in twelve different languages. Readers can take quizzes, learn to search like a pro with links to websites just for kids which means they are safe. The back pages provide answers to quizzes and a plethora of other resources so kids, parents and teachers can learn more about the fantastic world we live in.
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"When I was growing up, every year a book was published called Information Please Almanac and I couldn’t wait to get a copy and spend the rest of the year reading all the difference kinds of information bytes that were included in it. So I was pretty excited to receive a review copy of National Geographic’s Almanac 2018.

Fans of previous Almanac’s will be happy to see this newest edition, and newbies to it are in for a real treat. Beginning with some interesting and cool things to expect in 2018, the Almanac goes on to looks at eleven more chapters that are chockablock with interesting and fascination information. There is a chapter on explorers and Awesome Exploration, on Amazing Animals, Going Green (very important for today’s world), Engineering and Technology including inventors and their inventions. The Wonders of Nature includes weather, gardens and life zones.

Chapter Seven could be seen as a seventh inning stretch. It includes boredom-busting jokes, games, puzzles and other fun stuff. This is followed by a chapter on Space and Earth, then one on Culture Connection, where, for instance you can discover which Chinese Zodiac you are based on the year of your birth, and explore holidays around the world. And lastly, there is a chapter on Life Science, History Happens and Geography Rocks. There are also pages in each chapter with fun quizzes, funny-fills, and homework help suggestions, like the one on how to write an essay.

The National Geographic Kids Almanac 2018 has so much information in it, it is sure to keep kids busy and entertained all summer long, and who knows, maybe something found inside will spark a deeper interest in something. Just in case that happens, there a list at the back of the book for kids who want to learn more. And one of the things that makes this a really nice book is that it is interactive.

July 14th is Shark Awareness Day and although that shark on the cover is pretty formidable looking, lots of kids are fascinated by these large creatures of the deep anyway. You can find lots of information in the Almanac about sharks because the 2018 Almanac Newsmaker Challenge is about saving them. Kids can find more information about this and about sharks, including a shark mask to color and cut out and two posters that can be downloaded HERE My personal favorite shark is Mary Lee the Shark, a great white that is tracked by OCEARCH who likes to cruise the East Coast. I like to see her travels as she swims the Atlantic Ocean. You can find Mary Lee on twitter @MaryLeeShark and track her pings along with the scientists. There is also a nice article about Mary Lee and sharks in general in the New York Times that may be of interest to budding sharkophiles.

Going on a road trip with the family this summer? This is the ideal book to take along in the car, train, plane, or boat to keep the kids busy with all kinds of fun stuff.

This book is recommended for readers age 8+
This book was provided to me by the publisher, National Geographic Kids

This review was originally posted at Randomly Reading
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"Copy provided by the publisher

Want the best bang for your buck when it comes to children's book. Purchase a copy of the newest almanac for $14.99, and it will keep your children reading all summer. Great for car trips, as long as you don't have children prone to motion sickness, because it has lots of conversational springboards. Good for bedtime reading, sitting on the porch with a glass of lemonade, and for sharing with friends on a rainy day.

Do not confuse this with an almanac for adults, which used to be a quickly dated print book filled with statistics, maps, and charts that now are much more current on the internet. This is 337 densely packed pages of random facts, games, and interesting tidbits accompanied by full color pictures and bright illustrations. This is a much better investment than a Guinness Book of World Records (they retail new for ridiculous sums, considering how quickly the binding separates from the pages), since it is easier to carry around and doesn't fall apart.

Not my favorite thing, but my brother (who was a complete nonreader) loved this sort of thing, and my own personal children spent endless hours with these even though they did love to read!
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