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Enter to Win a National Geographic Summer Fun, Facts and Fantastic Adventures Prize Pack {A Come Out & Play Giveaway Hop}

Welcome to the Come Out & Play Giveaway Hop event hosted by The Mommy Island, The Kids Did It and Zombie Parenting.

From now through June 30, hop along to all participating blogs for you chance to win a variety of family friendly giveaways! There is no limit to how many you can win, so hop along and enter them all.


**I received complimentary copies of the books mentioned below for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.

Summer has arrived, and to be honest... this summer looks quite different than the summers we'd all planned for this year, doesn't it? With events cancelled and restrictions still in place all across the country, we have to rethink ways to give our kids a fun summer! With schools having been out for months already, this also means that the summer boredom has started earlier than ever... and as a mom, makes me want to be doubly certain that my kids getting some educational fun this summer as well.

Hands on learning is great, of course...and we are trying to get plenty of that in with gardening and other socially distanced outdoor activities. Still, books can be such another great way to both encourage learning and beat summer boredom. Some of our favorite that do both? National Geographic Kids books! These are our go to and such a welcome addition to any home library.

We were recently sent a variety of new titles to check out and share. Take a look:

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 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.  

First up, we couldn't wait to dive into the Big Book of Why. Little kids ask a lot of questions. No, seriously, A LOT. Every time you turn around, they are asking something else. Their curious minds are like sponges, soaking it all in and trying to figure out why things are the way they are. This book is a great one for those curious minds. It answers a wide variety of questions in a way that kids can understand. It's great for us parents too, who aren't always sure how to best explain things... and may even answer some of our questions too. It's filled with fun facts and beautiful, vivid images that kids are going to want to return to time and time again. This is definitely my 6-year-old's favorite!

Next up is the Kids Almanac 2021. These fun books are released each and every year, and happen to be one of my 12-year-old's favorites. If you thought the Book of Why was filled with fun facts, this one is even more packed. It offers interesting bits of information across a very wide variety of topics. No matter what your child is into, there is sure to be something in this book that will capture their attention. This always remains a favorite in our household and one to look forward to each year. It likewise features great graphics that grab your eye and make learning fun for kids!

Finally, The Explorer Academy series.  My son has previously had the first book in this series so he was excited to check out more. Unlike most of the books we have from National Geographic Kids, this is actually a fictional series. That doesn't mean it's not every bit as fun or educational though. This fictional world still has a lot of great information, codes to crack and takes kids on a great adventure... even when they can't leave the house! Check out all the books in the Explorer Academy series here: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explorer-academy/books/. You can keep the fun going beyond the pages with the Explorer Academy website featuring videos, games, “truth behind the fiction” features and more. Check it out here: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explorer-academy/

Want to learn more? Visit and connect at the links and social below:

National Geographic Kids Books twitter - @NGKidsBks
National Geographic Kids Facebook - @nationalgeographickids
National Geographic Kids website: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

And as part of the Come Out & Play Giveaway Hop event, one very lucky reader is going to win a Summer Fun, Facts and Fantastic Adventures Prize Pack featuring National Geographic Little Kids Big Book of Why, the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021 and all FOUR titles in the Explorer Academy series (total ARV $98).  U.S. only. Enter using the giveaway form below:


  1. National Geographic books are fabulous. They are well written, fun, and informative. They always have great photos and illustrations.

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  2. my cousin would love these!


  3. My son would love these books! They are entertaining and a great way to learn too.


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