If there is one book my kids look forward to getting every year it is The World Almanac for Kids. It goes without fail that I start getting asked when it will come out early in the summer and this year was no different. The great part for us was that we received it before going on a week-long vacation at the beach. During the car ride and when the kids had free time while at the beach house, thumbing through the book was always a viable option. For my 9-year-old the Nations section as well as the Population section seemed to be his favorites, and my younger one enjoying the Music and Dance section. The amount of information though makes it an enjoyable read for the adults and I often found myself reading it as well. It is also one of those books that can be read over and over again, making it a very good purchase.
While there are larger sections, they have also put in a bunch of smaller like Art and Fashion among many others where you get a high level overview which is great way to introduce your children to a subject. There are a ton of different sections in the book, but my favorite is the first section called Faces and Places, which has some stunning pictures along with the highlights of the past year.
The World Almanac for Kids is like getting a bunch of the best appetizers while eating, it gives you a little taste of a bunch of different topics in a layout that makes it fun for the kids to read. If it gets them more interested in a topic so they can follow-up and do some more in-depth reading, as a parent you would consider that a huge plus. Let’s be honest, at the end of the day our book ends up being a great bathroom book for the year as well, at least in our family. Plus the next time you are playing some sort of trivia game, do not be surprised when the kids end up beating you, you can thank the colorful layout and easy reading of The World Almanac. Your home library should always contain the newest version of The World Almanac For Kids!
The World Almanac® for Kids 2014
Cover Stars Gabby Douglas, LeBron James, and One Direction Featured in Latest Edition of Leading Reference Book for Children
From President Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration to One Direction’s renewed “British Invasion” to the debut of blockbuster films like The Great Gatsby and Iron Man 3, there are so many incredible moments from 2013 that will live in our memories forever. The World Almanac® for Kids 2014 (ages 8 and up; $13.99) chronicles this year’s most noteworthy people, places, and events in addition to offering thousands of fun, fascinating facts and essential homework help. On sale nationwide August 20, this annual best-selling reference book is not only an educational read, but an entertaining one as well.
Honoring this year’s historic sporting events, U.S. gymnast and 2012 two-time Gold Medal Olympic All-Around champion Gabby Douglas graces the cover alongside Miami Heat superstar LeBron James. Also featured on the cover is One Direction, the pop boy band sensation that is traveling the world this year with an electrifying “Take Me Home” concert tour.
“I’m so grateful to be on The World Almanac® for Kids cover. I’ve had a whirlwind year, and I feel very fortunate to have so many fans of all ages. I hope to help inspire them the way they motivated me at the Olympics,” said Douglas.
Updated with vibrant colors and vivid photos that capture 2013’s most outstanding events, The World Almanac® for Kids 2014 is designed to get children excited about learning and inspired to explore the world they live in. Providing timely and timeless information on a vast array of subjects including art, weather, museums, sports, nations, U.S. history, and much more, this user-friendly reference book is a must-have for not only curious kids but also those who are kids at heart.
“We’ve packed our 2014 edition with the latest in pop culture, technology, science, sports, politics, games, and more, keeping even the most tech-savvy kids on their toes,” said Sarah Janssen, senior editor of The World Almanac®. “We are proud that, despite the prominent role that the Internet plays in learning about the world, The World Almanac® for Kids remains a vital—and fun—resource for children.”
Features found in The World Almanac® for Kids 2014 include:
• Faces and Places: Huge full-color photographs showcase the year’s most talked-about topics. Covers headlines in movies, music, sports, and more serious need-to-know news.
• Animals: Explore brand-new features on preventing species poaching and extinction, learn about animals ranging from endangered species to the biggest creatures, and look into the life of a veterinarian, the most common pets, and more.
• Crime: Investigate how forensic science helps law enforcement officials solve crimes, including how DNA is being used to prove guilt or acquit the innocent. Also find out from an air marshal what it’s really like to be on alert for lawbreakers at 30,000 feet.
• Energy and Environment: Information on renewable energy in action, climate change, and even urban bike-sharing programs demonstrates practical effects of environmental policies, while great features on personal choices show how small changes can have a big environmental impact.
• Fashion: A “Fashion Through the Ages” feature entertains with historical trivia, plus up-to-the-minute details on today’s fashion trends, top designers, and a typical day in the fashion industry.
• Games: Check out the top-selling video games and apps of all time compared to today’s top sellers, and get a preview of the latest installments of some old favorites.
• Health: Tap this essential reference for information on nutrition, fitness, and body systems, plus a brand-new feature about what it’s really like to be a doctor.
• Homework Help: From easy writing hints to quick test-taking tips, this handy resource includes a brand-new feature on how to research for papers, projects, and reports that emphasizes good sourcing online and off while avoiding errors and plagiarism.
• Inventions: See how the technologies we take for granted today evolved from a simple idea to an improved device.
• Movies and TV: Pick up some fun facts about this year’s most popular movies, TV shows, and viral video stars, plus a close-up look at what’s coming up next.
• Money: Get to know the world’s youngest billionaires, oldest forms of currency, and fascinating trivia on everything in between. Then, learn practical ways to save, budget, and make the most out of what’s in your wallet.
• Music and Dance: Get the inside scoop on One Direction, Katy Perry, and more of 2013’s hottest acts, including the latest winners of American Idol, The Voice, and Dancing with the Stars.
• Nations: Make the world a little smaller with interesting details and fun facts about every country in the world, brought to life by vivid maps and flags of more than 190 nations.
• Population: Take a look at the changing face of the United States with up-to-date census results, then take a global glance at the world’s megacities, population growth, and the areas where populations are actually shrinking.
• Sports: From Super Bowl Sunday and the Final Four to the NBA Finals and the Indy 500, get information on kids’ favorite teams, pro athletes, and sports. Brand-new additions include features on Gabby Douglas, Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and other exciting highlights from the 2012 Olympic Games, plus a sneak peek at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
• Technology and Computers: Uncover the technology behind the gadgets and apps we use every day, from GPS to voice recognition, then pick up quick tips on taking advantage of cloud computing, avoiding cyberbullying, and staying safe online.
• United States: New features on subjects from presidential trivia to the 2012 presidential race complement profiles of each of the 50 states.
Note: The World Almanac for Kids 2014 was provided for review