Saturday, May 20, 2017

Kid Konnection: Fun (but Educational) Books!

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week I'm going to share with you two instructional (but still entertaining!) kids' books.

Summary: Ready for a road trip? Get the scoop on the nifty fifty from North to South and coast to coast.

Through the pages of this book you can travel to all 50 states, from Alabama to Wyoming, to discover the history, geography, and culture that make each one great. With more than 100 kid-friendly maps by illustrator Aaron Meshon, full-color photographs, and fun facts galore, this state-by-state guide is perfect for exploring your own state, uncovering new places, and digging into the history of the United States of America.

A great resource for school reports and general curiosity, kids will learn the story of the people who lived on the land before European settlement; how each state joined the Union; the natural resources and people that make it unique; and the industry and agriculture that drive it today. 50 States supports cross-discipline learning in U.S. history, geography, natural history, and cultural studies. -- Liberty Street

When Booking Son first saw 50 STATES (TIME FOR KIDS), his eyes lit up. This compact little guide is right up his alley with its interesting tidbits about the 50 states. As a mom, I love that the information is presented in such a way that makes learning fun!

50 STATES is a terrific resource for children (and adults) who want to learn a bit about the United States of America. It begins with a few pages explaining the United States pre-European settlement. It outlines the various tribal nations with a little bit of history about each one. Then, the book teaches kids about European settlement and Westward Expansion before delving into specifics about each of the 50 states.

The book has separate pages for each of the 50 states but also includes fun facts about Washington, D.C. and the U.S. territories and commonwealths. In addition, the end of the book has some interesting information about the various sections of states (i.e. the northeast, the south, the midwest, etc.) And finally, there are some suggestions for additional resources for those kids who still want more!

One thing that really makes 50 STATES special is how the information is presented. There are loads of maps/illustrations by Aaron Meshon that complement the text in addition to full-color photos and fact-filled sidebars. There are also a few paragraphs for each state about its history as well as the natural resources, geography, and special events. Basically, it's a handy guide for summer travels!

I learned quite a bit from 50 STATES and I highly recommend it to kids who want to learn more about the U.S.A.

Summary: The fourth book in the fan-favorite Rookie Book series, Sports Illustrated Kids explains the most popular sport in the world to its youngest fans.

The ref blows the whistle, the striker approaches for kickoff, feet fly-a soccer match is underway! With a fun mix of Sports Illustrated action photography, simple text, a full glossary of terms, and awesome graphics, My First Book of Soccer introduces readers to the world's favorite game. Kids (and probably a few adults, too) will learn how the clock counts "up" and never stops, what an offside means, what's up with those yellow cards, and how kicks become a gooooaaaallll!

Illustrated "rookie" characters appears on every page, guiding the reader moment by moment, and helping to make My First Book of Soccer an ideal shared reading experience between parents and their little rookies before, during, and after the game. -- Liberty Street

MY FIRST BOOK OF SOCCER (SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS) is the fourth book in the hilarious Rookie Book series, and it is certain to appeal to fans of these books. Like the first three books in the series, MY FIRST BOOK OF SOCCER teachs kids (and possibly some adults!) about the most popular sport in the world -- soccer.

I absolutely adore MY FIRST BOOK OF SOCCER and I think it's a terrific way to introduce the sport to little ones. I know when my kids started playing soccer at five years old, they had no idea what they were doing. I am pretty sure this book would have helped... at least a little!

For those of you not familiar with these books, MY FIRST BOOK OF SOCCER uses full-color photographs along with a little bit of cartoons to explain the sport in the simplest of terms. The book is so much fun to fun to read with the characters and their speech balloons. It's both educational and very entertaining. Plus it's actually really funny!

I loved the Rookie Books and especially MY FIRST BOOK OF SOCCER!

Thanks to Blue Slip Media for providing review copies of these books.

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bermudaonion said...

Those Sports Illustrated Kids Books are so much fun!

ChaosIsAFriendOfMine said...

I could use the soccer book for myself! My son plays soccer but I hardly know any of the rules - they're confusing!