When it comes to educating my children the use of books is my favourite learning tool. Not only is reading a great way to bond with my son and daughter, but books are a wonderful way to help teach kids about any number of topics. So when I find books that are fun and educational I tend to gravitate toward getting them to add to my kids’ ever-growing library at home. And with the Weird But True! books from National Geographic Kids, learning could not be more enjoyable.
If you don’t have any Weird But True! books in your child’s collection, here are my top three reasons why you should:
- Do you have an incredibly inquisitive child? Perhaps they often bombard you with dozens of questions about the who, what, when, where, why and how of the world. Weird But True! books are the perfect choice for the curious kid, and hopefully, they will keep them occupied long enough to give you a break from the constant queries. One evening, my son sat reading some of the books on his own for about an hour. While it provided some relief from answering his many questions, it didn’t stop him from yelling out “hey mom, did you know…?” from the living room every few minutes to share yet another tidbit or fact he found amusing.
- Weird But True! books are highly entertaining! With more than 30 books in the series, there are hundreds of fun and quirky facts to learn about. Did you know that palm trees grew in the North Pole almost 55 million years ago? Or that the song Mary Had a Little Lamb is based on a true story? These are just a couple of the fascinating tidbits my kids and I enjoyed discovering.
- There are many ways National Geographic Kids shares Weird But True! with their readers. From the classic Weird But True! books to the Ultimate Weird But True! books, as well as a magazine, journal and an activity sticker book, there’s so much for your child to explore. With the 10th anniversary of the original series, National Geographic Kids has updated the first 10 volumes with new content. And, they recently published Weird But True! Canada, the first country-specific book in the series. My son and daughter learned a lot of interesting facts about our wonderful country in this book. They especially liked anything related to pancakes or maple syrup, their favourite breakfast food. I thought it was particularly intriguing to learn that it’s illegal to climb trees in Oshawa, Ontario since I live close to there. And as a yoga mama, I was entertained at the fact that there’s a gym in British Columbia that offers yoga classes with bunnies hopping around the room.
And if those three reasons aren’t enough to convince you, I have a bonus reason to add: Weird But True! books are fun for the whole family. I had a great time exploring these books with my children and talking about the cool things we learned. Not only did we laugh together at some of the bizarre facts, but I loved that it sparked conversations with my son and daughter. Family bonding at its finest.
Want to enter the Weird But True! Canada contest? Kids ages 6-14 are invited to submit their own verifiably weird facts about their hometown, province or country. Just go to https://natgeokids.com/wbtcanada now until March 1, 2019. Good luck!