Holiday Gift Ideas from National Geographic Kids Books

Books make the best gifts -- a thoughtfully selected book will hold a child's interest long after the new toys have been tossed aside. National Geographic Kids Books is featuring FIVE new titles that are perfect gifts for the explorer in all of us.

From the big “WOW” books for middle graders, to a wonderfully touching picture book for young readers as well as new and expecting moms, to affordable stocking stuffers, these bright, beautiful titles cater to bookworms and reluctant readers alike. They are fun, visually stunning, totally engrossing AND educational (but don't tell kids that last part!).  Here's a brief rundown of each title and book covers are cut and pasted below: 

- Weird But True! Christmas: 300 Festive Facts to Light Up the Holidays — (ages 8-12) The PERFECT stocking stuffer! Ready for some totally festive facts? Even Christmas can be weird -- it's true! Did you know that Santa's reindeer are probably all female? Or that artificial snow can be made from seaweed? Or that "Jingle Bells" was the first Christmas carol sung in space? Every kid will ho ho ho when they unwrap this book that is chocked full of the most random and fascinating facts about their most favorite holiday. 

- Ultimate Dinopedia - (ages 7-10) Attention dinosaur fanatics! This is a big, gift-worthy hardcover that is also the most complete and comprehensive dinosaur reference ever. Although these amazing creatures roamed the Earth ages ago, new dinosaur discoveries are still being made today.  The new edition includes favorites, like the fierce T-rex and the gentle Brontosaurus, plus audacious new finds, like the Anzu, Kosmoceratops, and Yi. Every dino profile is colorfully illustrated and features descriptions of when they roamed the Earth, how they lived, what they ate, and more. There are more than 600 dinos featured in all, including 10 profiles of recently discovered dinosaurs and new entries in the Dino Dictionary. Reports from paleontologists present the latest news and insights from the field.

- Bet You Didn’t Know: Fascinating, Far-Out, Fun-tastic Facts - (ages 8-12) “...the whole outing is really tailor-made for dipping and flipping at random....A bodacious wellspring of random knowledge."— Starred review, Kirkus Reviews. BIG, packed with gorgeous photos and illustrations and guaranteed to keep kids occupied for hours and hours, Bet You Didn’t Know is the perfect holiday gift for the fact-lover or for your kid’s favorite teacher’s classroom. Did you know that the first stop signs were black and white? Or that a litter of kittens is called a kindle? Or that butterflies can see more colors than humans can?  Based on a favorite department in Nat Geo Kids magazine, this book is overflowing with fascinating facts, silly stats, and catchy little knowledge nuggets in all kinds of cool categories, from astronomy and sea creatures to revolutions and breakfast. Special features include Extreme Weirdness, Strange Places, Wacky World, and more.

- Just Joking Jumbo — (ages 7-10)  What do you get when you have 1,000 giant jokes and 1,000 funny photos?  A stocking stuffer that adds up to some seriously big laughs! If you have a budding stand up comedian on your list this year - this is the perfect book for them.  Knock-knocks, puns, riddles, tongue-twisters, photos of silly situations and even the craziest info about the history of funny business - it’s all here! 

- Hey, Baby! A Collection of Pictures, Poems and Stories from Nature’s Nursery - (all ages) Sweet dreams are made of this! Join National Geographic Kids on a trip around the globe to celebrate nature's nursery. This collection of stunning photography of wee ones of the wild world will inspire, awe and awww. With dynamic profiles, clever poems, time-tested folktales, amazing rescue stories, and unlikely animal friendships, this book will be a favorite with sleepy little ones, new parents and moms-to-be. Featuring everything from wobbly baby bison to teeny turtles, mini-monkeys to fluffy foxes, this is the perfect keepsake book for the baby animal lover in us all.

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  1. I'm most excited about the Ultimate Dinopedia! I would give this to my kids. I think they would love these!

  2. Most excited for the Dinopedia!! My son LOVES dinosaurs so he would adore it!

  3. I would be especially interested in "Bet You Didn't Know" and I would be happy to give a copy to all sorts of people!

  4. Just joking!!!! I know my cousin would love that book :)


  5. My kids would love the just joking book!

  6. My son loves telling jokes, he would love the Just Joking Jumbo book the best!

  7. I'm most excited about Ultimate Dinopedia! Winning this for the twins - if they're like me they'll never outgrow their fascinating with dinosaurs!

    1. The Ultimate Dino Pedia book because my grandson is all about everything dinosaur

  8. I'd love the Just Joking Jumbo for my son.

  9. I would give this to my niece and nephew. I think they would be most excited about the ultimate dinopedia.

  10. My grandson would love the Betcha Didn't Know. Their books are awesome. He has several.

  11. I would be excited for the Bet You Didn’t Know: Fascinating, Far-Out, Fun-tastic Facts book. These would be for my grand son

  12. I am most excited about the just joking jumbo book

  13. I'm most excited for Bet You Didn't Know. My niece will love it.

  14. I'm most excited for Weird But True Christmas. I would share it with my daughters.

  15. My son would like the book Weird But True Christmas. He likes these types of books.

  16. My kids would especially love the "Bet You Didn't Know That" book! I would give the books to my kids if I win. Thanks for the chance!

  17. Our favorite book in this collection is Hey, Baby! A Collection of Pictures, Poems and Stories from Nature’s Nursery. These books would be for our family if I won.

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  18. I want to win this for my niece. I would like the book Hey, Baby!


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