We like to read…National Geographic Kids World Atlas

Posted on October 26, 2013


I sometimes find that reference books and encyclopedia will hold my children’s attention for a short while, but they don’t regularly return to them, or they prefer to use the internet in order to find out information they want for school projects.

Well, I’m delighted to have found the World Atlas from National Geographic Kids which not only is fast becoming a favourite book in our home, but also includes a clever smart-phone scan system which brings the text to life and gives my children a good dose of online fun, while still learning about the world around them.

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At its heart this is a useful and in-depth atlas of the world, with a good level of detail for children age 6 upwards, but is pitched at a level that offers more technical detail for young teens too. Great for homework! It offers insights into each of the continents, its regions, how people live and work, and really useful key facts about population and languages. There’s also a large section on the physical world which deals with climate, the environment, natural disasters and the political world.

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When my children are reading on their own, I love to hear “Mum, did you know…” or “Wow! Look at this volcano!” It shows me that they’re really engaging with the text and the subject. This is one of those books that prompts those responses on a regular basis.

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Scattered throughout the book are “digital extras” which when scanned with a smart phone (you will need to download the free NG Kids scanner app) leads you to online content, including photos and interactive quizzes. It’s a good way of checking how much your children are absorbing. We found the scanning part a bit tricky to start with, but it was worth persevering because it did add more to the experience. If you don’t have a smart phone, you can still find all of the content available online at the NG kids website.

At the back of the book, there are more traditional encyclopedia style pages on world flags, along with very colourful quizzes and games to play. There’s clearly been a lot of thought put into compiling this book, and I think the variety of information, and the fun ways of presenting facts and figures is the reason why my children have taken to it so well.


It’s a great book to dip into on a rainy afternoon to learn more about the planet, and is a brilliant resource for school projects. I would happily give this book as a present, knowing that it is packed with fun, online interaction and pitched perfectly at learning in a fun way.

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