Monday, November 11, 2013

National Geographic Kids Magazine Family Fun & Educational Reading for Ages 6-14


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National Geographic has been a part of who I am practically my whole life and I consider myself a Baby Boomer that literally was raised within this magazine's famous yellow borders. As a child, I remember fondly the magazines that my Dad received monthly and how I couldn't wait for each issue to arrive in the mail so I could pore through it for fun. Come to think of it, I started "reading" National Geographic when I was around three years old, looking at the pictures before I even learned to read!

Me at 3 years old, photographed by my Daddy
Since my father saved every issue he ever received, as I grew older I often turned to these as reference materials for school reports and projects. Without a doubt, National Geographic was a very important part of my academic development that cultivated a true appreciation of knowledge and nature following me into adulthood. Fast forward to the present. Now, I'm a mom with a whole family who enjoys reading National Geographic every month. We also love traveling together to many of the exotic places we've read about within the magazine's pages, for example to see the blue icebergs on a recent trip to Iceland or unusual native animals like the kotamundi in Costa Rica.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Iceland, Raphael Elspas,
Today I couldn't be more thrilled to be working as a National Geographic Kids ambassador sharing the brand with parents currently raising the next generation of young children. In that capacity, I recently received my first issue of National Geographic Kids magazine which is written specifically for kids 6-14 years old. 

This is a relatively new magazine that I wish had been around when I was a child. After my first peek ever at this publication, I have to admit that even as a grown-up I enjoyed it, learned a few new things and am already looking forward to the next issue. I'm thinking that both parents and kids will enjoy reading this and then discussing it together around the dinner table. Definitely a great gift idea for a birthday or the holidays coming up. 

National Geographic Kids, November 2013 issue
Published monthly and available by mail subscription by calling 800-NGS-LINE this publication comes loaded with lots of kid-friendly fascinating stories and amazing photographs of the wonderous world we live in. To keep things even more interesting and to engage young readers, there are always fun and educational games like quizzes and unscramble the words activities mixed into every issue, too.

Each month, new surprises await National Geographic Kids subscribers. I love the way this publication intertwines modern life and popular culture that kids can relate to with nature. 

For example, in the November 2013 issue there's an entertaining and informative article contrasting and comparing some of Hollywood's current popular kids movie characters and facts about real-life animals including
  • Po from Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness vs. Giant Panda*
  • Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb vs. Platypus
  • Jake from Free Birds vs. Turkey
  • Turbo from Turbo the movie vs. Snail*
  • Spider-Man from the Ultimate Spider-Man vs. Spider
*Watch for a movie review of this family film soon
Kotamundi crossing road in Costa Rica,
For sure, National Geographic Kids magazine is a great way to get today's youth excited about learning and interested in the natural world, history and more. There's also a variety of fun things to learn about and do online for free on the official National Geographic Kids website at so it's definitely worth checking out.

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