Your kids don’t need candy for Valentine’s Day. Give them something better: some amazing books from National Geographic! They are a gift that will keep giving and the knowledge they will gain will last a lifetime.
And best of all, these books all focus on love and caring! Exactly what we need right now, right?
Here are our top pics for this year:
A World Together by Sonia Manzano ages 4-8, Hardcover.
Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street’s beloved character Maria, brings warmth and wit to this timely picture book that looks across cultures and generations to celebrate what unites us, wherever we come from. Manzano’s lyrical prose combined with stunning photography of people from dozens of countries around the world explores how all of our lives are enriched by our geographic and cultural diversity.
Enjoy a fun video of Sonia reading her book HERE.
Somebunny Loves Me by Parry Gripp ages 4-8, Hardcover.
In Somebunny Loves Me, Parry’s sweet and silly rhymes are cleverly written to share how children can best understand, appreciate and interact with a variety of fuzzy, feathered or scaly pals. Paired with adorable, full-page photographs, Parry also includes a personal note in the back of the book giving kids and their parents more tips on how to be good pet owners.
125 True Stories of Amazing Animal Friendships ages 8-12, Paperback.
Meet awesome critters who became the best of pals, like the dog who rides a horse; the lizard-loving cat; the litters of puppies who befriend pigs; and that’s only the beginning! These uplifting tales are paired with amazing National Geographic photos and loads of animal facts. There’s tons of fuzzy, furry, feathery fun on every page, and throughout these tales, one message shines through: Best friends come in all different shapes and sizes.
Brain Candy 2, ages 8-12, Paperback
If you like seeing far-out facts in a new light, the second book in the colorful Brain Candy series takes a deep (and delicious) dive into numbers, fun facts, and cool trivia on all kinds of topics. So you know that the speed of light is fast: 229,792,458 miles per second. But what does that really mean? It means that at the speed of light, you could reach the moon in 1.3 seconds. How long to travel to the sun? Just 8 minutes. And in 4.6 hours, you could reach Pluto at 4.6 billion miles away! It’s a novel approach to feeding kids smart snackable bites about the world and is sure to be an addictive addition to the family bookshelf.
Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad: Absolute Hero by Valerie Tripp ages 8-12, Hardcover.
A brand new series from the author of many beloved American Girl books, Valerie Tripp! Join Izzy Newton and her friends at Atom Middle School in the first adventure of this new middle-grade fiction series. A crowded new school and a crazy class schedule is enough to make Izzy feel dizzy. But for the S.M.A.R.T. Squad, it’s all about relying on the value of friendship and the power of science to help them think their way through all kinds of sticky situation. Science and tech reign supreme when these five brainy buddies put their heads together! Read the first chapter and meet the characters at https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/books/smart-squad/.
Photo Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures by Kwame Alexander, photos by Joel Sartore ages 4-8, Hardcover.
Our planet’s most beautiful and endangered animals come to life in this visually stunning picture book. The photos, by award-winning National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, represent a lifelong project to photograph every captive animal species in the world, with special attention given to saving endangered species. They are paired with uplifting poetry and prose from Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander — a talented dream team duo to craft a uniquely wonderful book. This special edition includes a free poster highlighting 50 endangered species that is sure inspire people not just to care, but also to help protect these animals for future generations.
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And here is the best news of all! You have a chance to win all of these books (worth $87).
Valentine’s Day National Geographic Kids Prize Pack
Bernadette Manaay is a proud mom of two wonderful kids, Ianna and Bernard. She has been married to her husband, Ian, for almost 11 years. Bernadette is a Physical Therapist by profession in Metro Detroit. Her family loves to travel and go camping every summer and early fall. Her desire and passion to document her family’s everyday life lead her to become a self-taught photographer. It is very fulfilling to a mom to capture and freeze as many moments as we can because time just flies so fast. See the special memories of her family on her Instagram account: @adetteskyph.