Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Celebrate Earth Day and Poetry Month with Animal Ark {A National Geographic Kids Giveaway}

**Book received for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own. 
Earth Day is almost here! Have you been talking to your children about what that means?

I don't know about you, but when I talk earth day with my kids I find that I go back to things like recycling, conserving energy and using greener products... these are all great to teach our children, of course... but I find myself forgetting to talk about protecting one very important thing--- the animals that live on the earth! What better way to introduce them to some of the great species in the world than with a fun book? For that, no one can do it quite like National Geographic in their new book Animal Ark:

A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird – pairing the stunning photography of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore with the delicate poetry of Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander, this lush picture book celebrates the beauty, diversity, and fragility of the animal world. 

Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore each creature's markings, textures, and attributes in stunning detail, while calling on all of us to help protect each and every one. Three picture-packed gatefolds inside showcase even more familiar and exotic species. These images are part of Sartore's lifelong project to photograph every animal in the world, with special attention given to disappearing and endangered species.

Now, when I typically think of National Geographic books, a few things come to mind. I think bold, bright photos and I think lots and lots of facts. When it comes to educational books, National Geographic is usually our go to. Still, while we can certainly learn a lot from this book, it is not the full informational resource type book you might have come to expect. Instead it uses poetry and stunning photography to draw kids in! So, while you might not learn quite as much... it's such a great starting point. This was much more suitable for my 3-year-old than others we have, but with its fun rhyme, even my 9-year-old enjoyed reading right along. The pages are filled with beautiful pictures that will captivate even the youngest of readers. Even the way the words are laid out on the page give it a great visual appeal that keep kids wanting more!

This may not be quite the informative books we so often associate with National Geographic Kids, but they certainly have the same fun and vibrant style that will have kids ready to learn more about their favorite animals--- and some new ones too!

You can learn more about National Geographic Kids at the links below:

And one very lucky reader is going to win a copy of Animal Ark for themselves! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

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Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.


  1. Yes!! And we love Earth day!! I teach my son to recycle and fall in love with the outdoors every day!! We love hiking and exploring. We go to a natural Spring to get water and I think its such a fun experience for us!

  2. This book sounds so nice! Happy Earth Day :)


  3. What a neat book! This would be awesome for my nieces!

  4. I was sold by the sloth on the cover - they are my favorites!

  5. Looks like another great National Geographic Kids book!

  6. I would love to win this beautiful Animal Ark for my nieces and son. They would enjoy it for sure :)
    Thank You for the chance!

    Fiona N

  7. Would love to win this for my granddaughter


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