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Review: The National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021

Andy and the Kids Almanac
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We received a free copy of the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021 to read and review. Opinions are our own.The National Geographic Kids Almanac is a fantastic publication filled with the amazing photos from National Geographic photographers and is set up in such a way that each page is filled with great information for kids. It is not overly wordy but conveys quick bits of information that kids would love like the 21 cutest animals of 2021. Each little blurb about the animal goes along with a cute photo.

I asked for this to review because Andy says that he wants to be an animal adoption person and so anything with and about animals is sure to catch his eye. The Almanac has so many great animal stories inside but also stories about people and places and one story on robots that told me that there is a restaurant run by robots in China! The meal is prepared, cooked and served by robots! That is crazy cool.

There are also fun games to do inside the Almanac and instructions on making things like snow globes and more. Andy actually made a snow globe this Summer. He said he wanted to make one but didn’t have any idea how. We looked it up but the Almanac had the exact steps to get the job done. We could have used that.

The Almanac is not just about animals, however. There ae articles on topical things like The Presidency with quick facts about every president and some stories about a few of them and the practical jokes they have played. There is also serious information on Civil Rights, Women and voting and much more. There is a bunch of pages on the countries of the world with facts about each of them and then small quick extra facts that I think kids will find very interesting. So much is packed into the 352 pages. If you are thinking about a kid in your life who is curious about the world around them then this is a great gift for Christmas. If you are interested in picking it up please consider using our affiliate link below.

Kids Almanac 2021

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021 – (ages 8-12, paperback, $14.99, 352 pgs)
– 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, and more 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 2021 — which inspires kids to reduce their plastic waste and encourage others to do the same.

Zoom Event with Uncle Rick

Zoom with Uncle Rick

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Tonight we attended a special virtual event for Eva’s Birthday. We bought tickets earlier this week to see Rick Riordan speak about this most recently released book. The Trials of Apollo: The Tower of Nero. This is the 5th and final book in the series and is the 15th book in the Percy Jackson world. Fifteen years of this story coming together in this last book. Eva is so excited to finally read it. she has read everything that Rick Riordan, or Uncle Rick as fans call him, has written. The funny thing is, she had no interest whatsoever in this series when I attempted to introduce her to it a few years ago. Then we went to the Lightning Thief musical in Boston and she came out of that a huge fan. She read all the books and has re-read them and listened to each one on Audible. We have not only the entire Percy Jackson series on Audible but also Rick’s two other series which he also wrote in that 15 year span since the release of The Lightning Thief.

We had a nice time watching the zoom session. It made Eva even more excited to get to read the book. Unfortunately I did not pre-order the physical book but instead pre-ordered the audible book. Eva prefers to read the books in her own voice first. We will receive a copy of the book with this event but I don’t know if she can wait that long to read it.