Monday, June 2, 2014

National Geographic Children's Books Review

Thanks to NGK for the books to write this review

National Geographic's magazine for the younger set: an appealing mix of articles on wildlife, entertainment, science, technology, extreme sports, adventures, amazing kids, and world wonders.

While our oldest daughter is only 6 1/2 years old, I was excited to review the books above. Since she's in Kindergarten, she's learning to read and loves learning so it was a win/win! Our second daughter turns 5 this month so she's right by her exploring together and having fun. Their go to book is "What In The World?" and they seem to never get old to them. 

Since "What In The World?" is the favorite book in our home, I'll talk about it first!

I think this book is our daughters' favorite because there's so much to look at and see. Fun shapes in nature, I Spy games, hidden image puzzles, and close ups of animals keeps them entertained and wondering what will lay ahead on the next page. I think this book is the most versatile for all our girls since they range in age from 2-6yrs old. Several times this book has turned in to a family affair with guessing animals and the fun activities on each page, and its fun to do something with our kids and enjoy spending quality time together. The pages in this book are thin and that would be my only downfall. While older children would do just fine, most have siblings and it can be hard making sure that they aren't too rough with the pages because I'd hate for this book to get tore up. 

We haven't looked too much at the "Ultimate Globetrotting World Atlas" book since we have beginner readers, but as the girls age I'll love having this book handy as they ask questions and want to learn more about the world we live in. Because of my husband's job, our girls occasionally get to go to work with him when he goes out of town and I think they've been to more states that I have now. We want our girls to know there's more out there than just Indiana, and I love how much this book explores different parts of the world. 

I really like all the facts on the pages and "5 cool things to do here" is interesting. I doubt I'll ever be leaving the country, but if I ever went to Belgium I'd definitely taste chocolate as suggested. Being the chocolate lover that I am, this would be a must for me! 

"100 Things to Do Before You Grow Up" is probably my favorite book. This is a book I would've loved to have as a child. It's full of simple fun things that every child should do and it's a way to get your child out there more in the world and to explore new and fun things that life has to offer. 

I love that there's a checklist in the back of the book to keep track of things you've done along the way. Madison is 6 1/2 and she's done several things in this book, and I'd love to help her achieve the goal of some day doing all 100 things that this book suggests. One big thing that will come later is learning how to snorkel/scuba dive and I don't even know how to do that! 

I think that everyone should at least know the letters of the Alphabet in sign language and having the diagram to study is probably my favorite page. My brother-in-law has sever Cerebral Palsy and can barely speak. Our girls don't recognize his eye ques or forced pieces of words, but I'd love for them to be able to talk to him by watching his sign language. 

Overall, I'd highly recommend these books for children. They're fun to do, educational, and something that can be done together. I do agree that "Tween" age is better for these kinds of books, but as long as they're taken care of, younger children will do just fine! 

These books range in price from $9.99 to $16.99. I think the What in the World? book is a little high on price, but there's a lot of pages and different activities full of great pictures with lots of color. 

You can purchase these books and more right from the National Geographic website. You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter