Two perfect books for curious kids – and their parents

As you know, I have four kids – three of whom are boys, and not as enthusiastic about reading as I wish they were. However, two books arrived in our home in the past month or so that have had them happily paging through, reading passages aloud to each other, and beginning many conversations with the words, “Hey, Mom, did you know….?”

ripleysEach fantastic annual in the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! range contains completely new material. Every book is full of bizarre facts, incredible photographs, crazy stories, revealing interviews, and fun features – every one guaranteed to amaze.

Seeing is Believing also features icons throughout that direct you to live action clips on the Ripley’s website, as well as a cool 8-page gatefold section showcasing sideshow performers from the past.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not: Seeing is Believing! is just like the Ripley’s annuals I remember checking out from the library when I was growing up – only with new and more amazing facts, and much better graphics and photos. This book has provided hours of entertainment to my sons – and the rest of the family, as they read aloud to the rest of us the most freaky and wild and unbelievable of the facts they find.

This book would make a terrific Christmas present for the curious kids in your life. Thank you to Carolina Dominguez from Wellson Communications for the review copy.

handyKids ask the darndest things… and here are the answers – all in one helpful book! Anyone who has ever been a kid, raised a kid, or spent any time with kids knows that asking questions is a critical part of growing up. Kids have curious minds and they come up with some very interesting questions. But the truth is adults don’t always know the answers. The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents) comes to the rescue. It addresses nearly 800 queries with enough depth and detail to both satisfy the curiosity of persistent young inquisitors and provide parents with a secure sense of a job well done.

Written with a child’s imagination in mind, this easy-to-understand book permits kids to help themselves because it’s organized by simple topical chapters: Outer Space; Planet Earth and Our Moon; Creatures Big and Small; Plant Life; People Around the World; Politics and Government; How Things Work; Math, Measurement, and Time; All About My Body; and Daily Life. Each question posed is given a complete and satisfying answer, going beyond “because” and “it just is” and “I don’t know.”

Where the Ripley’s book is full of fun but mostly useless facts, The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents) by Gina Misiroglu is full of fun and useful facts. Questions like “why is the sky blue” and “what is government” and “what is a jiffy” and “how do cell phones work” and “why do I have to be a good sport” and “how many bones do I have” – all of these and so many, many more important questions are gathered in this book. Noah, my 11-year-old has been dipping in and out of this book, telling me all the fascinating things that he’s learning. He did say he wished there were more pictures, but that hasn’t kept him from picking it up again and again. As a homeschooling parent, this is the kind of book I love to have around the house.

Thank you to Lisa Roe from Online Publicist for my review copy.

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4 Responses to Two perfect books for curious kids – and their parents

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    My kids both love the Ripley’s books. They can sit and look at it for HOURS, spouting off fun facts. And anything that gets my son exciting about holding a book is a good thing!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..The Seance – John Harwood =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I remember checking those and the Guinness record books out from the library over and over again!

  2. heidenkind says:

    Sounds like you have a pair of non-fiction readers on your hands!
    .-= heidenkind´s last blog ..Romance Tropes =-.