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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Book Review: The World Almanac for Kids 2014

I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of The World Almanac for Kids 2014 for my review.  I, personally, love the format and great pictures followed by a paragraph to a page explanation.  

You know that I am an avid book purchaser for my grandchildren.  This is exactly the type of book I love to give at Christmas, Birthday, etc. to add interest and good non-fiction to their collection.  

The Almanac includes something for the 14 year old grandson to read as well as interesting pictures for the 4 year old granddaughter.  The subject areas are wide and varied, the photographs excellent, the book size perfect for smaller hands, and the content perfect for an introduction and/or discussion of a wide range of topics.  

I am including below all of the information I received from the publisher.  Again, I can personally recommend this book and will be glad to answer any questions you might have for me.  

The World Almanac® for Kids 2014
Cover Stars Gabby Douglas, LeBron James, and One Direction Featured in Latest Edition of Leading Reference Book for Children

New York, NY (August 20, 2013) — From President Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration to One Direction’s renewed “British Invasion” to the debut of blockbuster films like The Great Gatsby and Iron Man 3, there are so many incredible moments from 2013 that will live in our memories forever. The World Almanac® for Kids 2014(ages 8 and up; $13.99) chronicles this year’s most noteworthy people, places, and events in addition to offering thousands of fun, fascinating facts and essential homework help. On sale nationwide August 20, this annual best-selling reference book is not only an educational read, but an entertaining one as well.

Honoring this year’s historic sporting events, U.S. gymnast and 2012 two-time Gold Medal Olympic All-Around champion Gabby Douglas graces the cover alongside Miami Heat superstar LeBron James. Also featured on the cover is One Direction, the pop boy band sensation that is traveling the world this year with an electrifying “Take Me Home” concert tour.

“I’m so grateful to be on The World Almanac® for Kids cover. I’ve had a whirlwind year, and I feel very fortunate to have so many fans of all ages. I hope to help inspire them the way they motivated me at the Olympics,” said Douglas.

Updated with vibrant colors and vivid photos that capture 2013’s most outstanding events, The World Almanac® for Kids 2014 is designed to get children excited about learning and inspired to explore the world they live in. Providing timely and timeless information on a vast array of subjects including art, weather, museums, sports, nations, U.S. history, and much more, this user-friendly reference book is a must-have for not only curious kids but also those who are kids at heart.

“We’ve packed our 2014 edition with the latest in pop culture, technology, science, sports, politics, games, and more, keeping even the most tech-savvy kids on their toes,” said Sarah Janssen, senior editor of The World Almanac®. “We are proud that, despite the prominent role that the Internet plays in learning about the world, The World Almanac® for Kids remains a vital—and fun—resource for children.”

Features found in The World Almanac® for Kids 2014 include:

  • Faces and Places: Huge full-color photographs showcase the year's most talked-about topics. Covers headlines in movies, music, sports, and more serious need-to-know news.

  • Animals: Explore brand-new features on preventing species poaching and extinction, learn about animals ranging from endangered species to the biggest creatures, and look into the life of a veterinarian, the most common pets, and more.

  • Crime: Investigate how forensic science helps law enforcement officials solve crimes, including how DNA is being used to prove guilt or acquit the innocent. Also find out from an air marshal what it’s really like to be on alert for lawbreakers at 30,000 feet.

  • Energy and Environment: Information on renewable energy in action, climate change, and even urban bike-sharing programs demonstrates practical effects of environmental policies, while great features on personal choices show how small changes can have a big environmental impact.

  • Fashion: A “Fashion Through the Ages” feature entertains with historical trivia, plus up-to-the-minute details on today’s fashion trends, top designers, and a typical day in the fashion industry.

  • Games: Check out the top-selling video games and apps of all time compared to today’s top sellers, and get a preview of the latest installments of some old favorites.

  • Health: Tap this essential reference for information on nutrition, fitness, and body systems, plus a brand-new feature about what it’s really like to be a doctor.

  • Homework Help: From easy writing hints to quick test-taking tips, this handy resource includes a brand-new feature on how to research for papers, projects, and reports that emphasizes good sourcing online and off while avoiding errors and plagiarism.

  • Inventions: See how the technologies we take for granted today evolved from a simple idea to an improved device.

  • Movies and TV: Pick up some fun facts about this year's most popular movies, TV shows, and viral video stars, plus a close-up look at what's coming up next.

  • Money: Get to know the world’s youngest billionaires, oldest forms of currency, and fascinating trivia on everything in between. Then, learn practical ways to save, budget, and make the most out of what’s in your wallet.

  • Music and Dance: Get the inside scoop on One Direction, Katy Perry, and more of 2013’s hottest acts, including the latest winners of American Idol, The Voice, and Dancing with the Stars.

  • Nations: Make the world a little smaller with interesting details and fun facts about every country in the world, brought to life by vivid maps and flags of more than 190 nations.

  • Population: Take a look at the changing face of the United States with up-to-date census results, then take a global glance at the world’s megacities, population growth, and the areas where populations are actually shrinking.

  • Sports: From Super Bowl Sunday and the Final Four to the NBA Finals and the Indy 500, get information on kids’ favorite teams, pro athletes, and sports. Brand-new additions include features on Gabby Douglas, Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and other exciting highlights from the 2012 Olympic Games, plus a sneak peek at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

  • Technology and Computers: Uncover the technology behind the gadgets and apps we use every day, from GPS to voice recognition, then pick up quick tips on taking advantage of cloud computing, avoiding cyberbullying, and staying safe online.

  • United States: New features on subjects from presidential trivia to the 2012 presidential race complement profiles of each of the 50 states.

The World Almanac® for Kids 2014 is available for purchase wherever books are sold or atwww.worldalmanac.com. To request review copies or an interview with The World Almanac® senior editor Sarah Janssen, please contact Tricia Manzanero at Tricia@Rosengrouppr.com or 646-695-7046.

About The World Almanac® for Kids
World Almanac®'s history as a publisher of award-winning reference titles dates back more than 140 years. The imprint includes such iconic titles as The World Almanac® and Book of Facts, the best-selling American reference book of all time, and The World Almanac® for Kids, the best-selling reference book for kids.

The World Almanac® brand is part of Infobase Learning (www.infobaselearning.com), an educational media company that owns such well-known brands as Facts On File, Films Media Group, Chelsea House, Bloom's, and Ferguson’s. Infobase is a portfolio company investment of Veronis Suhler Stevenson (www.vss.com), a private equity firm that invests in the media, information, and education industries.

   ON-SALE DATE: AUGUST 20, 2013
PAPERBACK ISBN: 978-1-60057-177-0
PRICE:  $13.99

PAGES:   352 PP.
PAPERBACK ISBN: 978-1-60057-167-1
PRICE:  $13.99

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