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Books to help start conversations with your kids. – 08/23/12

Posted on: Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

In keeping with our “Using Trivia to Start Conversations with Your Kids” blog this week our book suggestions can help start those conversations.  They’re also a fun read which will help get your kids back into the “reading mode” as school begins.

National Geographic Kids Quiz Whiz: 1,000 Super Fun, Mind-bending, Totally Awesome Trivia Questions is for kids age 8 and up.  The following review is from Amazon.
You’ll find 1,000 fun, fascinating, and funny quiz questions like those below in the new National Geographic Kids Quiz Whiz book. These aren’t the kinds of quizzes kids take in school. Instead, they are full of trivia that kids will love to share with friends and family. They can even put their whole family to the test and see who scores the highest. With a dynamic design and with tons of colorful photos, these quizzes will be fun to look, too!

How hot is lightning?

  1. as hot as a microwave on high
  2. as hot as the sun’s surface
  3. five times hotter than the sun’s surface
  4. as hot as lava

(Correct answer: C)

What’s do you call a group of cats?


  1. a scratch
  2. a clowder
  3. a felinopolis
  4. a cat-astrophe

(Correct answer: B)


Based on one of the most popular features on the National Geographic Kids website, this collection of themed quizzes, true-and-false questions, and photo-driven quizzes, will include questions about animals, weather, countries, and lots more. This compact book is just he right size to toss into a backpack and will make car trips, dentists’ waiting rooms, even visits to the mall enjoyable experiences for all.


Weird but True! 2: 300 Outrageous Facts by National Geographic Kids is for kids age 6 and up.  “Did you know that a great white shark can weigh as much as 15 gorillas?  That meteorites the size of basketballs land on Earth about once a month?  Kids will devour more than 300 wacky facts in Weird but True! 2—the second installment in a lively new spin-off series from the award-winning National Geographic Kids magazine.
National Geographic Kids is the nation’s largest magazine for children, with more than 1.3 million subscribers and 5 million readers.  The brand is rapidly gaining traction in the book market, with the huge success of National Geographic Readers and the National Geographic Kids Almanac.  Straight from the pages of the magazine’s top-scoring feature, this little book is chock-full of tremendous fun.  It’s packed with even more of the wild-n-wacky facts, whimsical designs, and all-out reading fun that made the first Weird but True volume an early success.

This book’s compact size makes it easy to handle and fun to browse.  Eye-popping photos and bold, colorful graphics nab kids’ attention and entice them to read.  Brain-bending facts cover a broad range of topics, from science to foods to pop culture and just about everything else under the sun.  Kids will have so much fun that they won’t even realize they’re learning.”  Review from Amazon.

TIME for Kids BIG Book of Why: 1,001 Facts Kids Want to Know by the Editors of Time for Kids Magazine is for kids age 8 and up.  “Why do we have eyebrows? What’s a black hole and what happens if you fall into one? What’s the fastest a human is capable of running? Why do wet fingers stick to metal in the freezer? Where is the deepest point on Earth? Divided by subject area – humans, animals, environment/nature, technology, and space – and written in an upbeat manner, each answer is accompanied by either a photo or an illustration to show the reasons why. Of course, “Time for Kids” goes beyond answering the question by dipping into the science or history to further explain the answer in an easy-to-follow, straightforward manner. This is a must -have book to satisfy the most curious of kids and provokes a great way to encourage interest and knowledge about a wide range of subjects, as well as to stimulate reading. Kids will be desperate to share what they’ve learned with their parents, teachers, and friends…and anyone ”   Review from Amazon.

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