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We are all about learning at our house. We value learning through exploration, play, and especially curiosity. One of the best ways to foster a love of learning is to foster a love of reading so we provide lots and lots of books for our boys. There are book shelves full of books in all of their rooms. Plus the weekly library bag full of books in the living room. We highly limit screen time in our house so the boys reach for books.
Which such avid readers in the house, it is often challenging to provide new reading material. It hasn't been difficult for the younger boys yet, but it has been challenging to keep up with my oldest. He is a voracious reader. He will consume entire books in less than a day if given a few hours to himself. He has read and reread most of his books multiple times. His favorites are classics like "Swiss Family Robinson" and "Where the Red Fern Grows" and anything survivalist or adventurous in nature. It has become hard to find new books for him that are both his reading level and his age level. As his reading level has increased, the selection of books appropriate for his age level has become harder to find. I was thrilled when he became interested in "Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret" and the best part...there will be more!
All three of the older boys are hooked on this new National Geographic Explorer Academy series. I have been reading "The Nebula Secret" aloud to them before bed and one night my oldest decided to continue reading it on his own after story time. He finished it the next day and then told me he loved it and had read the beginning of the next book "The Falcon's Feather" at the end of the book and was ready to read it next. Yeah! A new series!
One fun aspect of this book which helps keep the younger kids engaged is the illustrations. There aren't illustrations on every page since it is more of a middle grades (ages 8-12) book, but there are some dispersed throughout the book which peak interest and even help illustrate some scenes.
Our boys are inquisitive and LOVE facts so the new "National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019" is right up their alleys. This book is fun because you can pick it up and learn something new about an entirely different topic every time you read it. The front cover says, "Everything you always wanted to know about everything" which I think is a pretty accurate description. The boys love the animal facts, but I think my favorite part is all of the maps. There is so much in this book! It will be nice to have along on long car rides as a boredom buster since you really can learn about everything.
This little guy is ready to get in on the reading action too (board book style)!
You could win a once-in-a-lifetime trip! 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 exploreracademytrip.com.
Where to purchase? National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019 and Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret are available to purchase on Amazon, Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, or wherever books are sold.
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