Holiday Gift Ideas from National Geographic Kids Books

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The holidays are officially upon us and before we know it, we will all be in a shopping frenzy getting those gotta have and last minute gifts. Being a mom of three kids, one with a birthday in January, and being the only kids in both sides of the family, means my kids get a lot of gifts in the next couple of months. Ever since they were little I have given them each a few books each as gifts but as they get older it has been getting harder. My daughter will read anything but my boys are picky. One series of books they have always loved though is anything from National Geographic Kids.

National Geographic Kids Books are always a hit because they contain so much fun information packed inside. They contain a little of everything and with new books constantly coming out on all sorts of topics.

Well just in time for the holidays National Geographic Kids Books’ latest offerings are sure to make terrific gifts for kids of all ages, whether they are book lovers or reluctant readers:


Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit — NEW FICTION SERIES! — ($16.99, hardcover, ages 8-12)  Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado as he joins an elite school for explorers. Cruz 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 augmented reality expeditions, Cruz must tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him, and why? Readers can get in on the excitement with puzzles and codes embedded throughout and book two in this seven book series, The Falcon’s Feather, comes out this March!



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To the Moon and Back: My Apollo 11 AdventureA Pop-Up Book by Buzz Aldrin with Marianne J. Dyson (ages 8-12, hardcover, $32.00) — In celebration of the Apollo 11 Mission’s 50th Anniversary and punctuated by intricate pop ups and paper folds, in To The Moon and Back Buzz Aldrin shares his personal stories and reflects upon what historians call “humanity’s greatest adventure.”



Never-before-published anecdotes from Aldrin and his family run the range of emotions — funny, sad, dangerous, hair raising, heartwarming and inspiring — and provide a truly unique, behind-the-scenes look at the mission to the moon.  Additionally, vivid photos, clearly marked diagrams and elaborate pop ups illustrate and explain the fascinating science behind this incredible story of human achievement and a build-your-own Apollo 11 lunar module is also included.



Ultimate Secrets Revealed: A Closer Look at the Weirdest, Wildest Facts on Earth  (ages 8-12, hardcover, $19.99) — Did you know that caterpillars liquefy when they turn into butterflies? That humans shed eight pounds of skin every year? That there’s a funky forest in Poland where all the trees are mysteriously crooked? That space smells like burnt plastic? Our world is filled with strange, bizarre, and weird realities. But what do they mean? WHY are they important? And what exactly is the secret behind them? With Q&As with in-the-field experts, fantastic infographics and exciting stories, this book takes readers behind the scenes of the truly bizarre, to reveal the truth behind our planet’s wildest and wackiest. Meet the mind-boggling bacteria that make Yellowstone National Park’s Morning Glory Pool pop with radiant color, discover the mysteries behind the Sphinx of ancient Egypt, learn how tornadoes are so powerful, and so much more!



Ultimate Predatorpedia: The Most Complete Predator Reference Ever (ages 7-10, hardcover, $24.99) – Welcome to the amazing world of creatures who prey on others for their survival: from high-profile sharks, lions, tigers, and bears to the tiniest ants, mites, and spiders. Every animal in this book is ferocious, fierce, and fantastic in its own way! With colorful photographs and fun facts, this easy-to-use encyclopedia features profiles accompanied by Did You Know details, and fast facts (including scientific name, size, diet, and habitat), as well as thematic spreads covering topics from predatory techniques to defenses and communication, and much more. Fans of Ultimate Dinopedia, Ultimate Bugopedia, and Ultimate Reptileopedia in the same series, will want to find a place for Ultimate Predatorpedia on their bookshelves.



National Geographic Kids Why Not?: Over 1,111 Answers to Everything (ages 8-12, hardcover, $19.99) – The concept is simple. Got a question? Boy, do we have answers! Over 1,111 of them. Why don’t you keep growing your whole life? Check out the human body section. Why aren’t we traveling by jetpack yet? Tech has your answer. Why aren’t school buses red? Flip to the pop culture chapter. Why aren’t dinosaurs still alive? Why can’t you walk on clouds? It’s all there! With hundreds of topics ranging from silly to serious, we’ve got the expert information in a fun Q&A format that will keep kids digging for answers. Answers include all kinds of fascinating extra info like top 10 lists, weird-but-true facts, explorer profiles, and cool activities. Now, go stump your parents!



Dog Science Unleashed: Fun Activities to Do With Your Canine Companion (ages 8-12, paperback, $12.99) Dog Science Unleashed shows kids how they can learn about science with the most faithful lab partner they’ll ever have, their dog! Twenty-two safe and pup-friendly activities let young scientists discover how their canine companions think, move, drink, stay warm, get clean and cool off. From determining your dog’s favorite smell, to figuring out if your dog is a righty or a lefty, to making a stethoscope to listen to your hound’s heart, Dog Science Unleashed explores the science behind dogs’ senses, how they move, how they learn and much more.   Each activity is paired with step-by-step instructions, clear and interesting scientific explanations, and photographs that illustrate important elements of the experiments and observations. Hands-on activities and fun information for budding scientists prompt further learning and offer a look at current, groundbreaking canine research. Dog Science Unleashed is a Hands-on Science Book finalist for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science.



Just Joking Jumbo 2 (ages 7-10, paperback, $14.99) – GREAT STOCKING STUFFER! – Kids will laugh their tail off with a jumbo-size, jam-packed joke book featuring 1,000 jokes and 1,000 photos. With silly facts that are strangely true, laughable lists, conversation jokes, and long-story jokes with hilarious endings, this full-color, supersize book include funny stuff about pets, technology, spooky sensations, adventures, around-the-world wonders, animals, myths and legends, dinosaurs, music, and treasure hunting. It’s the perfect combination of laughing, learning, and maybe jump-starting a career in comedy!



Fly With Me: A Celebration of Birds Through Pictures, Poems, and Stories (ages 4-8, $24.99) is a family affair, created by the iconic Jane Yolen and her three adult children, Heidi, Adam and Jason Stemple.  This thoughtful and beautifully curated collection of our flying, feathery friends highlights the role birds play in human life from centuries ago to present day. While it’s beautiful and contains many original poems, it’s also full of valuable real science about these wondrous creatures. From history and behavior to spotting and photographing, there’s something for every bird fan in the flock. Young birders will learn all about migration and the importance of habitat conservation. They’ll find stories about bird rescues and fun facts about the fastest, strongest, and tiniest fliers. They’ll also discover the best bird nests, sweet songs to sing, ways to listen for and identify the birds around them, and more. Written by Jane and her children to honor the late David Stemple, a loving husband and father and avid birder, this treasury is  sure to become a classic for bird enthusiasts of all ages. Additionally, the release of Fly with Me is timed to Nat Geo’s celebration of the Year of the Bird, their 2018 initiative to bring awareness to  the plight of birds around the world. A THOUGHTFUL GIFT FOR YOUR CHILD’S FAVORITE TEACHER.


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Speak Your Mind



  1. Darlene Taylor says

    my grandson would love all of these

  2. Leah Shumack says

    My daughter would probably go for the Ultimate Secrets Revealed Book!

  3. Dog Science Unleashed would be the first book read.

  4. I think we would read the buzz aldrin book first. It looks great.

  5. We would probably read the Just Joking book first!

  6. Hesper Fry says

    I think my son would enjoy reading Ultimate Secrets Revealed: A Closer Look at the Weirdest, Wildest Facts on Earth.

  7. He would probably read Why Not?: Over 1,111 Answers to Everything first!

  8. kathy pease says

    National Geographic Kids Why Not?: Over 1,111 Answers to Everything looks interesting

  9. I think he would start with the Ultimate Predator book.

  10. Danalee Davis says

    I think Fly with me. It looks awesome.

  11. Antoinette M says

    My daughter would enjoy Just Joking.

  12. I think my son would read To The Moon ANd Back first.

  13. I think my kids would start with
    Dog Science Unleashed: Fun Activities to Do With Your Canine Companion

  14. wow

  15. i know my son would wan to read the book about predators first!

  16. susan hartman says

    I think I would read Dog Science Unleashed first.

  17. My son would probably read Just Joking first.

  18. Heather Martin says

    I think my nephews would like all; but would grab Dog Science first

  19. I think we’d read Fly With Me first!

  20. Knowing my grandson he’ll give them all a good once over. I think Only Joking would be his first unless he’s in a more serious mood, which he can be. Hard to guess with him. Great assortment!

  21. cheryl hodgkins says

    I think Ultimate Secrets Revealed would be daughters first choice

  22. My granddaughter would like all the books but I think she’d first read National Geographic Kids Why Not?: Over 1,111 Answers to Everything. Thanks.

  23. *Dog Science: Unleashed*.

  24. I think she would read “Ulitmate Secrets Revealed” because she just loves science and learning about why things are they way they are.

  25. katherine klein says

    Ultimate Predator Pedia!

  26. Robin Abrams says

    I think they would love the National Geographic Kids Why Not?:

  27. Molli Taylor says

    i think theyd love dog science because we are dog obsessed!

  28. My son would love the Just Joking Jumbo 2 book. He is really into jokes.

  29. Dog science unleashed

  30. I think they would read the Dog Science book first.

  31. I would read Ultimate Secrets Revealed: A Closer Look at the Weirdest, Wildest Facts on Earth

  32. The dog science one! 🙂

  33. Julie Lundstrom says

    My kids would read the Dog Science one first and the Joke one.

  34. Ultimate Secrets Revealed: A Closer Look at the Weirdest, Wildest Facts on Earth.

  35. Kimmy Ripley says

    My Chloe Pearl would love all of these books. Especially that dog one since we have a rescue dog and they are best buds!

  36. They would read “Just Joking” first.

  37. Cheryl Chervitz says

    I think my grandson would read Ultimate Predatorpedia first.

  38. Why not would be the first book they would read

  39. My son wold love the To The Moon And Back

  40. My son would love the “to the moon and back” book!

  41. Angelica Dimeo says

    I think my son would read Ultimate secrets revealed first

  42. Sharon Schoepe says

    My son would read Just Joking first.

  43. Tammy Zielinski says

    Nebula secret would be something new

  44. Abigail Gibson says

    My nephew would enjoy reading Just Joking first.

  45. vickie L Couturier says

    To the Moon and back

  46. My granddaughter would read the Dog Science Unleashed first because she loves dogs.

  47. my grandson would like the Dog Science Unleashed book for sure

  48. I want to read this book to my grandson first; Fly With Me: A Celebration of Birds Through Pictures, Poems, and Stories; Young birders will learn all about migration and the importance of habitat conservation. They’ll find stories about bird rescues and fun facts about the fastest, strongest, and tiniest fliers.

  49. Lisa Pacheco says

    These would be a great addition to our homeschool curriculum.

  50. Nancy Burgess says

    I love National Geographic these are great gifts.My granddaughter would love them.

  51. I would say To The Moon and Back.

  52. Jennylyn M. Gross says

    to the moon and back

  53. Tracie Brown says

    My child would read why not first! She absolutely loves these books.

  54. I think we would read Fly with Me First

  55. Susan Smith says

    My son would love To The Moon and Back as he likes everything space related.

  56. “Leave a blog post comment on which book do you think you or your child would read first?” “Ultimate Predator-pedia”! It looks fierce!

  57. I really like Fly with Me. That cover is so eye-catching! Thanks!!

  58. These look like fabulous books. First I think that we would read Just Joking Jumbo 2.

  59. I think Fly With Me. The picture on the cover is so neat.

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