I absolutely love being a blogger for Moms Meet! We get the coolest opportunities. Like this one…to review their Book of Heroes and their Book of Heroines. I can not even begin to express how excited my kids were to receive these books! But first let me give you a little info on National Geographic For Kids, just in case you haven’t heard of them.
National Geographic For Kids Books is THE LEADING nonfiction publisher for children. They are also the only publisher with the world’s premier scientific, education, and research organization!! They currently have more than 600 books WORLDWIDE many of which have been award winning. They offer things such as a Kids Almanac, a leveled readers series, the popular Weird But True series (my kids love these as well) and so SO much more. Their mission is “to inspire kids to learn about the planet and empower them to make it better.” UMMMmmmmm…YES PLEASE! That is definitely something I can agree with as a parent and as a homeschooling mom as well.
Now that we’ve covered that let’s talk about the books shall we??
These books are brightly colored and have great photographs or drawings, definitely grabbing children’s attention. There is a book that focuses on heroes and there is a book that focuses on heroines. My kiddos really like having a book that focuses on their gender. The books also have a small section of the opposite gender in each book, which is pretty cool too, as it shows them that anyone-no matter gender or background can be heroic.
As soon as you open the book Nat Geo talks about what makes someone heroic-we took this time to discuss what we though made someone heroic and the heroes that we see or know in our lives. This book really prompts some great discussions. The books cover heroic people like war heroes, peacemakers, and world leaders, superstars, and many more people who have changed the world in various ways! They even talk about some fictional characters and animals as well.
I find that it is increasingly important for our children to have good role models in life. Yes of course, they need us as their parents, to be good role models and teach them the traits and qualities that we believe they should have. As a kid I wasn’t bombarded with social media on a daily basis, I wasn’t able to see into an actors or actresses daily life as soon as I touched my phone. It’s only going to get more easily accessible for our children to find people to have as an example. If we can teach our children early on that the qualities in these books are qualities that our children should look for in role models, then I think they will follow and model people with these traits as they get older.
Our favorites from The Book of Heroines:
My absolute favorite from this book is the 2 page spread on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team wining the World Cup in 1999. I played soccer as a child and can remember this so well. I wanted to be just like them when I grew up! I still have books on some of them and still think of them as amazing women! Just reading this one got me all fired up and determined-these ladies seriously rock. Michelle Akers was and still is one of my favorite athletes of all time.
My 7 year old daughter’s favorite was Scarlett the Cat. She is such an animal lover, my girl. This story though, is sure to touch anyone whether they love little balls of fur or not. Scarlett was a mama cat who was badly burned saving her precious 4 week old kittens from her family’s garage after it was engulfed in flames. Scarlett is the epitome of a mothers love.
I loved reading about Taylor Wilson- a young man who at 14 years of age became the youngest person to harness nuclear fusion!! Talk about someone a kid can look up to. It was really great to be able to read the kids a story so recent and to show them that if they pursue their interests and have support, they can reach any goal, no matter their age.
My 4 year old sons favorite was learning about the Real Life Superheroes. He thought is was so cool that regular people dressed up as superheroes and helped their communities in so many different and amazing ways. We talked about how many of these things are things that we can do as well.
• The Book of Heroes is available for purchase: http://amzn.to/2beAC6A
• The Book of Heroines is available for purchase: http://amzn.to/2by07NU
If you’d like to win a set of these books for some special kiddos in your life be sure to enter the giveaway below!! The giveaway runs from 12/16/2016 to 12/23/2016
Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.