Friday, March 18, 2016

Book Review: National Geographic Kids National Park Books

2016 is the Centennial Celebration of the National Park Service. National Geographic Kids has updated some of their popular books and added new ones. Use these selections to jumpstart a special event in your school library.
The Centennial Edition of NATIONAL PARKS GUIDE U.S.A. provides an engaging overview of popular parks across America. Following an introduction and map, the book features parks in the East, Midwest, Southwest, and West. It concludes with a quick look at 29 other park properties in the system. A list of parks by state are provided as well as a glossary, resources, and index. The major parks include four pages of information, photos, and a map.
The JUNIOR RANGER ACTIVITY BOOK is chuck-full of fun puzzles, games, quizzes, and other activities for youth. The book includes Fun Facts and Trivia, Funny Fill-ins, Jokes, Visual Puzzles, Quizzes, and Games. Answers can be found at the back of the book. While some of the activities focus on specific parks, others explore general topics such as common plants and animals.
Use these two books to jumpstart a display focusing on the Centennial Celebration. Create your own “Junior Ranger” activities connecting books in your library with National Parks.
For lots of ideas, go to the Find Your Park website at
To learn more about the park system and specific National Parks, go to
Published by National Geographic Kids on February 9, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.