My friend and fellow blogger, Karen Yingling, at Mrs. Yingling Reads speaks the truth when she said: “Want the best bang for your buck when it comes to children’s books?  Purchase a copy of the newest almanac for $14.99 and it will keep your children reading all summer.”

…and it kept me reading for at least a week—although I keep picking it up to look at it again. Fun, interactive, and colorful, this newest almanac is one of the best National Geographic for Kids has ever published. I read and explored the pages in order, but you can begin anywhere in one of eleven sections:

  • Your World 2019
  • Amazing Animals
  • Science and Technology
  • Going Green
  • Culture Connection
  • Space and Earth
  • Fun and Games
  • Awesome Exploration
  • Wonders of Nature
  • History Happens
  • Geography Rocks

Beyond the fascinating facts and unique animals are special features kids will find useful to fill up those long summer hours and even more so once the school bell rings. At the end of many chapters is a HOMEWORK HELP page where you can learn how to write a letter that gets results, an animal report, essay, or biography. It’s a perfect one page summary for the visual learner in all of us.

Almanac 2019 also has a challenge that encourages kids to get involved and make a difference. The focus this year highlights the threats lions face and the importance of saving them.  Kids are encouraged to visit to create a lion poster and send a message with their entry about why they feel lions must be saved.  The winner will receive a $500 cash prize!

The photos in the almanac are in your face beautiful with the text laid out in a variety of formats. Quizzes and games make those long car trips a lot shorter. The best part for parents of emerging readers is you will have no problem getting them to read. They’ll be active readers smiling and wanting more. Almanac 2019 is  classic non-fiction title sure to be enjoyed this year or any year.


Coming up next week is another…
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  1. I just love books like this. Thanks for telling me about this one.

  2. I saw the almanac advertised! I have been buying my young four-year-old great grandson the National Geographic books for younger kids and they are his favorite books — especially the dinosaur book. This looks MG and he’s not ready for that. But I am amazed at the facts and details he takes in at such a young age — and corrects me.

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