The World’s Bestselling Almanac for Kids Features New Fun Facts and an Exciting Challenge for the Year Ahead

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Did you know that a dog can make about 100 different facial expressions or that astronauts can grow two inches taller while in space?

The 2021 edition of the New York Times bestselling National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021, U.S. Edition (National Geographic; May 5, 2020; .90 U.S.; ISBN: 978-1-4263-3672-0; hardcover; ages 8-12 years; 352 pages; 1,000 illustrations) features all-new animal tales, explorer profiles, awesome inventions and fresh challenges for curious kids who want to learn all about the world and everything in it!

The colorful compilation also includes an Almanac Challenge 2021 — which inspires kids to reduce their plastic waste and encourage others to do the same — and also highlights the winner of the 2020 Almanac Challenge!

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021 is packed with stunning photographs and interesting info designed especially for children ages 8 to 12 years. Kids will enjoy keeping up with our rapidly changing planet with this entertaining and informative assortment of games, activities and features on science, technology, conservation, history and more.

This riveting resource was created by multiple National Geographic contributors, including researchers, photographers, content experts and educational specialists. The practical reference material, including fast facts and maps of every country, is fully updated, and homework help on key topics is sprinkled throughout the book. A whole chapter full of fun and games features activities, jokes and comics.

From local stories to the wider world, this comprehensive collection of facts and fun has something for everyone. The wide-ranging topics are divided into 11 sections:

  • Your World 2021 – a wildlife bridge in Canada, a rooftop infinity pool in London and high-tech veterinary help in Singapore
  • Awesome Exploration – extreme sports, real-life explorer bios and photography tips
  • Amazing Animals – true stories of amazing felines, a heroic pig, bizarre insects, unusual animal friends, the world’s rarest leopard and newly discovered dinosaurs
  • Wonders of Nature – cool facts about coral reefs, wow-worthy weather and ocean stats
  • Space and Earth – types of volcanoes, mineral identification, far-out facts about space travel and a sky calendar to mark the best telescope views this upcoming year
  • Fun and Games – word scrambles, a maze, funny fill-in stories, jokes and photo hunts
  • Science and Technology – the high-tech discovery of a Maya pyramid, future tech in the year 2060, planting a butterfly garden, brain stats, optical illusions and microorganisms
  • Culture Connection – mind-bending street art, fun food facts, global celebrations, Chinese horoscopes, money from around the world and mythology
  • Going Green – global race to zero waste, from filth to fashion and climate change
  • History Happens – ancient tombs, sphinx secrets, branches of government, the Native American experience and U.S. presidents
  • Geography Rocks – tallest mountain on Earth, making maps, U.S. state stats and continent spotlights

The National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021 is packed with brand-new “Bet You Didn’t Know!” facts, mind-boggling statistics and surprising stories for inquisitive kids. Parents and teachers alike will be impressed with the amount of information kids can absorb from this engaging edition!

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