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101 Life Hacks: Genius Ways to Simplify Your World (ages 8-12, paperback) - Try these cool hacks! Turn ordinary into awesome with this fun book, jam-packed with science-inspired ideas kids can use to simplify, prettify, and eco-fy their lives at home, school, and on the go. Get tips and tricks for upcycling and reusing old stuff, as well as hands-on activities, fun facts, and insights from professional-grade life hackers who use their problem-solving skills to change the world.  Make cool lantern lights for your room, discover a tried-and-true brain freeze cure, learn how to boost your memory power, and more. By the end, you'll be able to hack your way through all kinds of problems, from a messy backpack to stage fright, a drippy ice pop to smelly shoes!

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2022 (ages 8-12, paperback) - The number one selling kids almanac on the planet!
'"...this gathering of upbeat, vividly illustrated, browser-friendly dips into topics ranging from black holes to blue-footed boobies to Bolivian street food is hard to put down, and the pop quizzes and research guides at each chapter’s end will give studious sorts a leg up, too." Kirkus

The latest installment of the New York Times best-selling almanac features amazing animal stories, explorer profiles, and outrageous attractions that kids know and love, 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 help kids keep up with our quickly changing world and 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 2022 — which inspires kids to reduce their plastic waste.  

Explorer Academy Series by Trudi Trueit (ages 8-12, available in Hardcover and PB) - OVER 1800 FIVE STAR REVIEWS ON AMAZON!! 
  • "This exciting, fast-paced, far-flung story is full of science facts and James Bond-like gadgets, accompanied by colored illustrations.  The ending is guaranteed to keep readers eager for the next series installment." - Booklist
  • Explorer Academy is exciting and smart.  Karen Bokram, Editor-in-Chief, Girls’ Life
National Geographic's blockbuster fiction series, Explorer Academy, has it all: a diverse cast of characters, cool technology, code breaking, adventure, exotic locations and a thrilling global mission -- all inspired by the real adventures and explorations of the National Geographic Society.   Join Cruz as he leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy 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 exotic locales, eco-challenges and augmented reality expeditions, Cruz must tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him, and why? Books 1-5 are out now, and book 6, The Dragon's Blood will be released in October! 

Check out the Explorer Academy website featuring videos, comic shorts, games, profiles of real-life National Geographic Explorers, chapter excerpts and more. 

5,000 Awesome Facts About Everything (ages 8-12, Hardcover) This BIG book is literally busting its covers with fascinating, fun-tastic facts on super, sensational topics that kids love. Who knew that there were so many sweet things to learn about chocolate or that a dozen delicious details about peanut butter would show up on a page with a few splotches of jelly to whet our appetites? Keep turning and a terrifyingly toothy shark tells you all about himself, while other spreads lay out tons of tips on toys and games, mysteries of history, robots and reptiles, sports and spies and wacky words.   A visual feast of colorful photographs surrounded by swirling, tipping, expanding, and climbing bits of information in a high-energy design, this book will satisfy both the casual browser and the truly fact obsessed.

Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad: Absolute Hero by Valerie Tripp (ages 8-12, Hardcover) 
A brand new series from the author of many beloved American Girl books, Valerie Tripp!  Join Izzy Newton and her friends at Atom Middle School in the first adventure of this new middle-grade fiction series. A crowded new school and a crazy class schedule is enough to make Izzy feel dizzy. But for the S.M.A.R.T. Squad, it’s all about relying on the value of friendship and the power of science to help them think their way through all kinds of sticky situations. Science and tech reign supreme when these five brainy buddies put their heads together! Read the first chapter, check out the book trailer,  and meet the characters at https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/books/smart-squad/. And stay tuned.....Book 2 will be out in October!

Zeus the Mighty Series (ages 8-12, Hardcover) -- Welcome to Mount Olympus, a pet supply and rescue center that sits high on a hill in Athens, Georgia. The overconfident hamster Zeus, wise cat Athena, and other rescued pets live there under the watchful eye of their caretaker, Artie, who's obsessed with Greek mythology. The pets overhear her favorite podcast, Greeking Out, and believe themselves to be the actual megastars of mythology! Join .  Get ready to laugh, cheer, and learn with this Zeus and his minions in their rollicking romps through Greek mythology and unforgettable adventures. Books One and Two are currently available, with Book Three coming out in August! Check out the Zeus the Mighty website for books, fun printables, games, fun Greek facts and episodes of the real life Greeking Out podcast! 

School may be out for the summer, but that doesn't mean the learning has to stop there. When you make learning fun, it can go on all year long. In our family, this is just what National Geographic Kids books always tend to provide. We were excited to check out a new variety of fiction and nonfiction books alike to keep the kids engaged in learning all summer long. 

First up, the nonfiction. The first book that my daughter reached for in the bundle was 101 Life Hacks. If you have a child that enjoys watching life hack videos online, they are going to adore this book. The hacks included are quick and easy to follow... and are truly helpful too! My daughter has already tried a few--- and started a list of many more he's looking forward to. This has quite quickly become a favorite for her. 

Speaking of favorites,  for the last several years the yearly 
National Geographic Kids Almanac has been another favorite around here. This fantastic book i packed full of fun facts on a wide variety of topics. With National Geographic's signature bold pictures and fun facts, it will keep kids entertained for hours! We find this to be one that is great to stick in the car or bring along to appointments, as there always seems to be something new to find. We love them! 

The final nonfiction title was 
5,000 Awesome Facts About Everything. My daughter is all about fun facts. One of the most common words to come from her mouth are "Did you know...?" followed by a fun fact that she's heard or read. If you have a kid like this as well, this book truly is designed for them. So many facts to learn and discover about such a wide variety of topics. This is another one that never seems to get old because there is just so much to learn and discover each time you open it. 

We love National Geographic nonfiction books for their abundance of fantastic facts and photos... but their fiction books are every bit as fun too... taking us on adventures that will teach without kids even realizing it. Each of the books/series is fantastic. My daughter is excited to check them all out--- particularly Zeus the Mighty as this one is brand new to us and more her level age wise! 

Whether you are looking for nonfiction books to make learning fun or fictional stories that your child will learn from as their imagination expands, National Geographic books have you covered for both. 

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  1. What a fun group of books that my 2 grandsons could read to each other as they're 9 and almost 3. National Geographic has the best pictures and the other 4 books look like interesting reads for kids and their parents.

  2. We love National Geographic books. My grandson would enjoy the book, 5000 Awesome Facts.

  3. These books would be perfect for my kids.

  4. We love National Geographic! Fun and educational. Thank you for the opportunity and good luck everyone!


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