Win National Geographic Kids Books and Plush Toys #GiftGuide

Just in time for the holidays, National Geographic Kids Books is rolling out a brand new series of picture books that are perfect for kids ages 3-7 (preschool – 2nd grade).  To  celebrate the release of the first two books in their So Cool! So Cute! series, National Geographic is giving away a very huggable prize pack: a hardcover copy of So Cool! Sharks, a hardcover copy of So Cute! Pandas AND adorable shark and panda plushes.

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So Cool! Sharks – Sharks are among the world’s top predators, but that’s just ONE reason why they are SO COOL. So who wouldn’t want to hang out with them to learn more! These books blend awesome animal photos with silly quips and info that will delight young readers and animal enthusiasts. For example, kids can catch the hunting habits of a great white shark while learning that its true nature is as chill as a frozen fish stick. This is the perfect little reader to get their brain buzzing and keep them laughing during downtime, bedtime, or anytime.

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Win National Geographic Kid’s Books

National Geographic Kid’s Books Fall season is in full swing with several titles that are perfect for holiday gift giving as well as year round reading.   Long after the video games and toys have lost their allure, kids will keep coming back to big, bold, and beautiful books that catch their eye and capture their imagination. Below are a selection of topnotch books for kids of all ages — and also one great recommendation for a memorable and thoughtful teacher’s gift.

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Treasury of Norse Mythology:  Stories of Intrigue, Trickery, Love and Revenge by Donna Jo Napoli (ages 8-12, $24.99) — Kids are fascinated by Norse mythology and thanks to the blockbuster movie franchise The Avengers and Rick Riordan’s highly anticipated Norse mythology fiction series debuting this Fall, these ancient tales of Scandinavia have never been hotter. The Treasury of Norse Mythology  makes a great gift for fans to delve more into their favorite characters, like Thor, Loki and Odin. The classic tales come to life with page after page of beautiful illustrations featuring the gods, goddesses, heroes and monsters of Norse myths.
Ultimate Weird But True! 3 (ages 8-12, $19.99) — Have a fact-loving tween?  Over 1,000 of the weirdest facts coupled with amazing graphics and photos packaged in an oversized gift-giving-worthy format makes this book a slam dunk selection for avid readers, reluctant readers and boys and girls alike.
NG Kids Why?:  Over 1,111 Answers to Everything by Crispin Boyer (ages 8-12, $19.99 ) – The concept is simple. Got a question? Well now you have an answer! 1,111 of them, in fact. Want to know why your snot is yellow? Flip to the human body chapter. What’s on the inside of a turtle shell? The animal section’s got you covered. What’s in the deepest part of the ocean? Why doesn’t Earth just float off into space? Check, check, and check. With hundreds of topics ranging from silly to serious, this book has the expert information kids need in a fun and entertaining format that will keep them digging for answers.

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National Geographic Kids Books

National Geographic Kids releases a steady stream of interesting books.  We are going to be looking at a book of George Washington tips and tricks for manners as well as something a bit deeper about slavery called Stolen into Slavery.

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First we will look at the light hearted George Washington’s Rules to Live By: How to Sit, Stand, Smile, and Be Cool! A Good Manners Guide From the Father of Our Country.  This book takes actual tips and hints by George Washington and adds silly illustrations and characters to prove the point of the rules in both a memorable and fun way.  All the rules are fun and are most most definitely a worthwhile lesson to learn.  One which stands out i, “When in company, put not your hands to any part of the body not usually discovered.”  or in layman’s terms don’t pick pick anything on yourself in public.George Washington’s Rules to Live By is available now, is a 128 pages hard cover book and retails for $14.99.
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Run for the Planet

National Geographic Kids has launched a new campaign to try and break not one, but TWO, Guinness World Records. The program is called Run for the Planet, and it is an effort to encourage children to do something good for both their health and the environment.

  • The first record they are going after is the longest shoe chain. Participants are encouraged to send in used athletic shoes, which will be tied together to break the record and then recycled into athletic surfaces, such as basketball courts and running tracks. This record is underway, and we have already gotten submissions from Taylor Swift, Eli Manning, Danica Patrick and One Direction (along with other celebrities)! See the image below.
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National Geographic Apps

Check out this digital fun for kids!

National Geographic has a great new app for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The app is called Look & Learn Animal Alphabet. The app consists of 6 games containing over 60 animals and 100 photographs. The games are: A-Z animals, which teaches kids letters by associating them with animals, sounds and fun facts. Find the ABC’s is letter choosing to reveal a funny animal picture and fact. Connect the Letters is like connect he dots but with numbers and animals of course. Flamingo Flier is a game where you control a flamingo and must collect letters in the African landscape. Learn to Write teaches kids how to write letters and give them cool rewards after every letter. Mask Maker is the pure fun in this line up it lets you take photos with your device then put a funny animal mask on the photo and save ro email ti to your friends and family.
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