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My son has been reading at some level since he was 2 years old. He has always been a strong reader, and I had wondered for a while when he would start getting into chapter books. (Hint: for us it was age 6.) He has quite the extensive library at home, and when I received the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019 and Explorer Academy:
The Nebula Secret recently, I was excited to see his reactions.
We LOVE National Geographic books in our house. We reviewed a few of their books a year ago, but before that we’ve purchased or been gifted several National Geographic books. I love them because they are real and interesting. I hope my son never outgrows his love of learning new things from books. The National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019 has SO MANY facts and pieces of trivia ranging from animals to technology to space! There are a ton of pictures, which is definitely going to draw my son in, and it’s just very well done.
We also received Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret. This is a novel about a 12-year-old. From the book summary:
Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado as he joins an elite school for explorers.
Cruz leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy with the world’s leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there’s more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at the Academy than he discovers that his family has a mysterious past with the organization that could jeopardize his future. In the midst of codebreaking and cool classes, new friends and augmented reality expeditions, Cruz must tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him, and why?
Obviously there is more to the book. I will be the first to tell you this is one book that is just a little too advanced for my 7-year-old, but it’s one that he can read and comprehend with the help of my husband or myself. That’s the beauty of a good chapter book. We can read to him and we all benefit from time spent together to him becoming a stronger reader. (Reading to kids helps make them better readers.) The recommended grade level for this book is 3rd grade, and I think that my son will love finding all of the clues that are brought up in the book, but it’s not something he can quite understand on his own right now.
My son has to read daily for homework, and we’re fortunate that he gets to choose what he reads this year. I’m excited to have both of these books added into his mix of reading material!