The National Geographic Society is a great and venerable American institution. The ubiquitous magazine with the yellow border has been published every month sine 1888. The reason why the society and its magazine has been successful for 127 years is simple: They generate interesting and compelling content.
However, even National Geographic cannot escape the pressures of being a print publication in a digital age. How will National Geographic remain relevant for another 127 years? Easy, they will make interesting content for new audiences and in new formats.
Since about 2009, National Geographic has greatly increased the number and types of books they publish through their National Geographic Kids imprint. We are constantly impressed with the quality in both the content and the appeal these books have for young readers.
The most popular among younger students is series: Weird But True. Now on the seventh installment of this series, each book contains 300 fun and interesting facts from every area of science. These are sturdy books that are filled with excellent photographs and fun text. The books encourage curiosity into science an the world. These are just fun books that make great gifts and are certain to give the ipad a much-needed break.
National Geographicc Kids takes on a very long list of topics: animals, geography, weather, earth science, automobiles, the Bible and much more. You can find reference books for many subjects along with quiz books on may topics.
These are great books have become staples in many school libraries and classrooms–the conventional realm of the juvenile-centered reference books. The salient difference between Nat Geo and publishers who print in the same arena is the Nat Geo has upped the appeal in the juvenile reference category.
What I mean is that a child will actually want to buy and own a copy of Weird But True, 125 Cool Inventions, and many other books you can see by click on the book jacket in this post.
As a style note, it’s very cool that every Nat Geo book has the iconic yellow border, just like great-grandpa’s bookcase of old magazines.
Kudos to the National Geographic Society for applying the same level of production and content value to their juvenile books as they do to their monthly magazine.
You can’t go wrong in buying any of these books for home or school use.