National Geographic Kids Almanac 2018

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Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with Jennifer Emmett, Vice President for Content in the Kid’s Media division at National Geographic.

With the final school bell around the corner, it’s time to talk about a grim reality — summer slide.  Did you know that two months of reading skills are LOST over the summer and that it can take up to two months from the first day of school for a student’s brain development to get back on track? Brain drain is very real and has lasting repercussions that can impact a student’s long-term academic performance. 

However, there are ways to tackle the problem that, with just a bit of creativity, thought and planning, can be painless for both parent AND child. One of the most effective, easiest and affordable ways to ensure students are on track academically come September is to make sure kids have access to books throughout the summer.  Whether it’s making library visits a part of the summer schedule, starting a neighborhood book swap or incorporating a trip to the local bookstore as part of an outing to the ice cream shop (yum!), there are lots of ways to get kids hooked on reading this summer. 

As the best-selling kids almanac on the planet, the National Geographic Kids Almanac has helped millions of kids beat the summer slide. The key to getting a child to pick up a book is to find one that interests them, and the Almanac 2018 has something for EVERYONE.  Featuring a shark on the cover, a shark-themed Almanac Newsmaker Challenge and packed with 10 sections of high interest topics ranging from animal life to sports to amazing destinations around the world, The National Geographic Kids Almanac 2018 is the perfect way to take a big bite out of the summer slide.

Highlights include:

* Nearly 350 pages and more than 500 amazing photos

* Right-sized for on-the-go reading

* Extensive digital extras at  

* NEW: Your World 2018 chapter with things to do, places to see, and ways to change the world.

* NEW: 18 Cool Things feature in every chapter

* NEW: fun games, jokes, and activities

* NEW: Chapters dedicated to engineering and technology, space and Earth and life sciences

* NEW: Almanac Newsmaker Challenge — Save our Sharks!


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