Reading is so very important to me as a mom. I remember summers being the most special time for me. I would have stacks and stacks of books from the library. My mom would take me to the book store weekly. I had a voracious appetite that could never be satisfied. There were never enough books and never enough time to read.
I would stay up all night reading, sometimes with a flashlight. I don't remember ever getting in trouble for being up after bedtime because I was hooked in a book. As I grew older I sat outside sunning myself always with a novel.
Summertime to me is reading. I always read the most during this season and I set high expectations for my children to read as well. We join the local library reading program every year. I wish my kids had developed the love affair that I had but that was not the case. They read because it is good for them but only one will make time to read and nowhere near what I do. That is why it is so important to me to find books they love.
My kids have always loved books from National Geographic Kids. The bright colorful pictures and bite sized pieces of information pull them in. We have quite a collection of books from National Geographic Kids because these are the style of books my kids like to sit with. They love the facts about their world. It draws them in like no other book can.
I'm so excited for this years National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020. It is packed with practical information, games and facts perfect for children to dive into some fun learning!
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About the 10th Anniversary Edition of the New York Times Best-Selling Almanac for Kids: National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 (Ages 8-12; $14.99, May 7, 2019)
Hailed by School Library Journal as “one of the leaders in the world of almanacs” this year’s edition features all-new content, interviews with renowned National Geographic explorers in each chapter, a special look at what was going on in the world when the first National Geographic Kids Almanac came out 10 years ago, plus the results of the 2019 Almanac Challenge — Lions Forever Poster Contest — and a new challenge for kids who want to get involved with helping our planet.
The best-selling kids’ almanac ON THE PLANET is packed with hundreds of photos and facts, crafts and fascinating features about animals, science, nature, technology, conservation and more.
For book lovers and reluctant readers alike, the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 is a compelling and balanced combination of:
* Fun and games, including activities, jokes, quizzes and comics
* Practical resources, including homework help and fast facts and maps of every country
* Exciting sections on pop culture, cool technology, extreme exploration and more
* Lighthearted favorites like the “Cutest Animals of 2020!”
However, in addition to not only being fun and educational, the National Geographic Kids Almanac is also designed to inspire young readers to be the change they want to see in the world around them, encouraging them to become more involved environmentally, socially and in other ways. In this year’s edition, National Geographic Kids launches the 20/20 Visionary Challenge, asking readers to imagine the world 10 years from now and to picture a positive change, invention or discovery they’d like to see become reality, in whatever area interests them: animals, people, places, science, technology or beyond — the sky’s the limit! Kids will be able to read some of their great ideas in next year’s Almanac 2021.
Another source of inspiration? The real-life National Geographic explorers who are the cornerstone of National Georgraphic’s philosophy and mission.
The 2020 edition highlights many of them including:
Christine Chen, a geologist and climate scientist
Katey Walter Anthony, an aquatic ecosystem ecologist
Kakani Katija, a bioengineer to name just a few profiled.
Information on how to submit 20/20 Visionary Challenge entries, as well as other digital extras, can be found at natgeokids.com/almanac
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