Surprising Stories Behind Everyday Stuff


This new series from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS is the perfect size (6.5 inches by 6.5 inches) to be enjoyed on the road, school, or at home. It’s a fun reveal for many things we take for granted. Here’s the official scoop:

Who invented pizza? Why do people shake hands? Why do we wear underwear? Ever wonder how basketball got started? Why we have birthday cakes? And why some people use forks and some use chopsticks? From familiar foods to common clothing items to bizarre beauty regimens, this book covers all the surprising backstories behind the things you use everyday, including:  who thought of that, where did that come from and why is that a thing?

It’s one of those books kids will be reading to you out loud, sharing all the wacky and weird components.Topics are arranged in ten chapters, each filled with memorable backstories and facts (After each chapter title I’ve included a few of my favorites out of the more than 90 offered):

  1. Toys and Games (Frisbee, Slinky, Pinball)
  2. Food (Hot Dogs, Sushi, Pie)
  3. Fashion (Blue Jeans, Sneakers, Neckties)
  4. Tools (Spatula, Cell Phone, Velcro)
  5. Symbols and Manners (Applause, Handshake, Daylight Saving Time)
  6. Around the House (Refrigerators, Beds, Bathrooms)
  7. Sports & Entertainment (Goalie Masks, Mascots, Skateboards)
  8. Beauty, Hygiene, & Medicine (Lipstick, Nail Polish, Deodorant)
  9. Holidays & Traditions (Fireworks, Christmas, Baby Names)
  10. Odds & Ends (Liquid Paper, Neon Lights, Tupperware)

Colorful layouts abound and you can begin with any chapter. This perfect stocking stuffer will have young readers enthralled for hours. They also will never look at these items in real life the same way, Order your copy today!


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1 Response to Surprising Stories Behind Everyday Stuff

  1. I love books like this, especially for long car trips. Thanks for the heads up.

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