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Facts and Fiction from National Geographic Kids

Monday, September 17, 2018

Facts and Fiction from National Geographic Kids

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Did you know:

1. Whistling or saying the word “pig” on a ship is believed to bring bad weather.

2. Pointing a laser beam at an airplane or helicopter is illegal. The beam can reach all the way to the aircraft and make it hard for the pilot to see.

3. Stone carvings of jaguars that date back 500 or more years have been discovered in Mexico.

These three facts are just a sampling of what you can learn about in the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019! The most popular kids almanac on the planet, some of its features include Cool Things for 2019 on various themes from the 19 cutest animals to 19 amazing facts about Vikings and more.

This almanac is filled with all kinds of facts about everything and is perfect for Zachary, who is a self-proclaimed lover of facts!


We have been a fan of National Geographic Kids books for many years now and this almanac is a new favorite, with its bright and engaging photos and text written in varying colors and heights to keep interest.


The contents include 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, and Geography Rocks. Each of these sections includes articles and information about a large variety of subjects. There are also quizzes, instructions for projects like making your own lava lamp, sections on how to research and write essays, and even a section of games and jokes.

For more information about the almanac and to enter an art contest with a chance to win $500 to host a lion conservation party, visit the almanac site!


If you thought National Geographic was only all about facts, you might be surprised that they have published the first book in their new Explorer Academy middle-grade fiction book series – The Nebula Secret. One minute 12-year-old Cruz Coronado is an ordinary kid, and the next he’s among a select group of students at the coolest school on the planet—a ship that travels the world! A fact-based fiction book inspired by the real adventures of National Geographic explorers, this book contains not only a story that encourages observation, reasoning, and problem-solving, but also features code-breaking and puzzles within the story. As well, the book features a Truth Behind the Fiction section that profiles the real-life explorers and their work. These books feature diverse kids from around the globe. I know Zachary is looking forward to reading it!

Want to read an excerpt and play a code-breaking games? Visit!

To celebrate the launch of Explorer Academy, one lucky family will experience a spectacular ship-based expedition, just like the students at Explorer Academy. The grand prize is a family trip for four to Alaska’s Inside Passage from National Geographic Expeditions. Enter the sweepstakes at!

For more information on these and other National Geographic Kids books visit:
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And look for these books wherever books are sold!

Do your kids love facts? How about learning about exploration through fiction?