I grew up with National Geographic. My aunt had a subscription for my sister and I that would be sent to us every month. It was the National Geographic Kids Magazine. I don’t believe I appreciated them much back then, but as a mom now, I appreciate her doing that for us. You can learn so much through their magazines and books.
A few years ago my son came across one of their books at his school library. As soon as he got home he pulled it out and started reading it. It was from their Weird But True series. I can’t specifically remember which one.. but he really enjoyed it. He started reading out these super odd facts.. like for example.. did you know snails have 14,000 teeth? Well, thanks to Weird But True I now do!
I’ve been buying my son other National Geographic books, mainly about animals.. but since he found Weird But True, that’s what I buy him, and there are so many! Some of the ones we have checked out are;
Weird But True Canada: 300 Outrageous Facts About The True North
Some fun facts from Canada…
- The water of Manitoba’s Little Limestone Lake changes colour with the temperature
- Thousands of years ago, a black-bear-size beaver roamed Canada
- The sand on Prince Edward Island beaches is red
- In Alberta, it is considered bad luck to pick Blackberries after October 11 (what..??)
Weird But True Christmas: 300 Festive Facts To Light Up The Holidays
Christmas is our favourite Holiday.. so here are a few weird… but true facts about Christmas…
- Telling ghost stories was a Christmas tradition in Victorian-era England
- In Finland, you can study to be Santa’s helper at the Elf Training Academy
- People in Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Egypt, and Serbia celebrate Christmas on January 7
- Thomas Edison assembled the first strand of electric Christmas lights
Weird But True Gross: 300 Slimy, sticky, and smelly facts
Who doesn’t like to learn about all things gross? Especially our kids…
- The main ingredient in bird’s nest soup, a common dish in southeast Asia, is bird spit
- The corpse flower, which blooms once every few years, smells like rotting meat
- In Alaska, U.S.A, you can snack on “eskimo ice cream” – a frozen mix of reindeer fat, seal oil, ground fish, fresh berries, and snow
- When attacked, sea cucumbers turn their bodies inside out and eject their guts
Well, we certainly learned a lot there! There is way more to learn with the weird but true! series… but National Geographic Kids makes other books besides this series.. We were incredibly lucky to be gifted three National Geographic books, for my son (and I!) to review! We received…
Surprising Stories Behind Everday Stuff
My son LOVED this book, however, he wanted it packed in his earthquake kit for school, and I didn’t get a chance to pull some facts on this book! What I do know, is that your kids will love it!
Don’t Read This Book Before Dinner
My son loved this book, it was full of gross, disgusting, and odd but extremely interesting information! My son has read this book several times now, and sometimes even before dinner. When it comes to books, my son isn’t much of a fan of chapter books, he will read them periodically, but more so he reads these National Geographic Books, ones that are filled with facts, and information.
Here’s a few of the icky facts from this book..
• Squirting milk from your eye, the record is currently 9.2 feet
• Moving maggots by mouth, record to neat is 37 pounds
• Snails on face, current record is 48
• Creepy collections – belly button lintel, and toenail clippings
Drinks That Are Hard To Swallow
• Chicha – a fermented corn drink
• Blood brew – Did you know blood is full of protein? Apparently it is quite common around the world!
• Panda poop tea – The world’s most expensive cup of tea? It is so rare, and quite a process to gather and make, so a cup of this tea rings in at $100
To learn more grab this book at your local book store!
1000 Facts About Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt is fascinating! There is so much to learn, and so much to read about Ancient Egypt, and in the book 1,000 Facts About Ancient Egypt, you will see first hand what makes it so intriguing… My son is always interested in learning about new places and people. He enjoyed spending time with me looking through and learning about ancient egypt. Let’s check out some of these facts.
Within the first few pages you will see 10 Fast Facts About Ancient Egypt, I’ll share a few with you.
• More rhan 90% of Egypt is covered in hot desert
• For about 500 years Egyptians built pyramids, which they used as Royal Tombs. Many of them still stand today
• Ancient Egyptians spoke a language that has similarities to Arabic, Hebrew, and some African Tribal languages
You’ll also find a section showing you 25 Medicinal Facts About Diseases and Cures
• Doctors in Ancient Egypt treated people who had suffered a crocodile bite, and survived, by bandaging their wounds with fresh meat
• Headaches were treated by rubbing the head with a fried catfish
• To treat a snakebite, doctors used a knife to cut the flesh around the infected area then poured salt over the wound
• As well as giving patients medicines, doctors of the time often performed spells to rid the body of the evil force attacking it
The last one I’ll share with you is 15 Inspiring Facts About Inventions. Here is a few!
• The Egyptians had there own version of deodorant, made from the chocolate scented pods of the carob plant
• The Egyptians developed a paste to clean their teeth around 1550 B.C. The toothpaste was made from mineral powder, clay, and honey
• Ancient Egyptians were the first to put papyrus to good use, utilizing it to make paper, boats, beds, floor mats, wall coverings, ropes, baskets, and sandals
Whether our kids are reading chapter books, comic books, or books purely about facts, reading is important. I highly suggest National Geographic books. You, and your kids will truly enjoy them!