My children enjoy reading, but some of their books are only read once while others are read many times. I know that good books are critical at the moment with children at home. No one wants to buy books that only half hold their interest. In today's post, I'll share some of their books that they have multiple times because they are that good! They are true page turners and worth reading more than once. We'll also give a chance for a lucky reader to win copies of all of these books!
Let's start with a couple of books that my children share and love. I have a preschooler and a middle schooler who enjoy both reading together and individually. My preschooler can't read quite yet, but he loves when we read to him and is pretty intense when he looks through the photos in the book on his own. My middle schooler has read and reread these two books at bedtime to soak up the fun facts. The books include:
- National Geographic Little Kids Big Book of Why (ages 3-7, $15) - What makes a car go? How does mushy dough become a crispy cookie? What does the doctor see in my throat? An essential parent reference, The Big Book of Why invites children to ask big questions, think big thoughts, and get answers that are accurate, engaging, level-appropriate, and based on sound educational findings. This book helps parents share fascinating, accurate answers, and inspires kids to be curious, ask questions, and explore the world around them. Games and parent tips encourage interactivity and extend the experience of the book beyond its pages. Highly photographic and playful, this big, sturdy book is an adventure in exploration.
- National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021 (ages 8-12, $15) - The latest installment of the New York Times best-selling almanac features amazing animal stories, explorer profiles, and outrageous attractions, plus more of the incredible inventions, awesome games, and fresh challenges for curious kids who want to learn all about the world and everything that's in it! Tons of fun facts, crafts, activities, and fascinating features about animals, science, nature, technology, conservation, and more is why this is the number one selling kids almanac on the planet. There's a whole chapter full of fun and games, including activities, jokes, and comics and the colorful compilation also includes an Almanac Challenge 2021 — which inspires kids to reduce their plastic waste and encourage others to do the same — and also highlights the winner of the 2020 Almanac Challenge.
The next series of books are for my middle schooler. They are fantastic for ages 8 through 12. These books offer fun adventures and keep him turning the pages. Plus, they have an amazing variety of online resources to accompany the books! The books include:
- The Explorer Academy series by Trudi Trueit (ages 8-12, $17 each) — Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await Cruz Coronado at the elite Explorer Academy, where he and 23 other kids from around the globe train with the world's leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there's more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at the Academy than he discovers that his family has a mysterious past with the organization that could jeopardize his future. In the midst of codebreaking and cool classes, new friends and augmented reality expeditions, Cruz must tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him, and why? Deemed “captivating” by the editors at Parenting.com and “exciting, fast-paced” by Booklist, the series is filled with thrilling adventures, high-tech cadets, cool science, far-away lands, and codes to crack. With four critically acclaimed titles in this series now available, two companion nonfiction activity books and literally hours and hours of videos, games, and info on real-life explorers at ExplorerAcademy.com, Explorer Academy is the perfect way to keep kids learning, reading and engaged this summer.
You will find all of the Explore Academy series books here, plus you will want to visit their website here for videos, games, “truth behind the fiction” features and more. You may also want to check out an illustrated spread from the newest book in Explorer Academy series, The Star Dunes which may be viewed here and the first chapter from The Star Dunes can be read here.
I know how important it is to find good quality books that keep little ones busy in summer. I hope that sharing our personal experience with these books is helpful to your family!
Thanks to National Geographic Kids for sponsoring a giveaway for our readers! One lucky winner will receive a "Summer Fun, Facts and Fantastic Adventures Grand Prize Pack" which consists of:
- National Geographic Little Kids Big Book of Why,
- National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021, and
- All FOUR titles in the Explorer Academy series (total ARV $98).
The winner must have a U.S. shipping address. No P.O. boxes. The winner will have 72 hours to respond to our email with their shipping address. Otherwise, we will select a different winner. Good luck!
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