Sunday, May 8, 2016


How to build an awesome pillow fort, pack a suitcase like a pro, do a card trick, start a campfire, and throw a softball or baseball are just a handful of the useful things kids will discover in 100 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GROW UP. This 256 page soft-cover book from National Geographic KiDS is filled with informative facts, interesting how-tos, inspirational quotes, educational tips and helpful hints to help overcome the misses, messes, and sticky situations that everyone encounters as they grow up. 100 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GROW UP combines cool pictures and diagrams with interesting topics and useful advice that young audiences can relate to which helps make learning fun for them. The book's 100 tips focus on the themes of attitude, skills, and knowledge to help readers have useful information to assist with being the "best version of YOU." Whether it is dealing with tough times like recovering from embarrassment, knowing what to do in a life-threatening emergency, or understanding practical skills like wrapping a present, National Geographic KiDS 100 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GROW UP is chock-full of useful tidbits to help get through the awkwardness, uncertainties and unknowns that all youth experience growing up.

I remember moving to a new city and switching schools as a shy and bashful tween. One of the boys in my new school really went out of his way to make me feel welcome and help me fit in. Unfortunately, with meeting so many new people in a big school and getting adjusted to the new locale, I'm ashamed to say I had trouble remembering his name in those first few days. My dad worked with his mom and asked me if I had met him yet and I didn't recognize the name and said no. A few days later that kid got angry with me at school asking why my parent told his mom that we weren't friends. While I honestly apologized and admitted that I hadn't remembered his name unfortunately he was never really that friendly with me again from that point on. Since then I've always made remembering names a priority and as a parent emphasize that as an important thing for my kids to do. So I was impressed that Tip #42 in 100 THINKS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GROW UP is "How to remember someone's name" which is an important aspect of life for both kids and adults to have a good grasp on.

A friend of mine told me about an incident where his son, who is active in the Boy Scouts, was out to eat at a restaurant one evening when an elderly woman began choking. People began noticing and anxiety filled the room as no one seemed to know what to do. His twelve year old son rushed past a crowd of adults staring at the situation in bewilderment and performed the Heimlich Maneuver saving this lady's life. What would you or your kids do if they found themselves in this situation? Tip #4 spells out how to help someone who is choking.

You never know when you may need to tie a good knot but at some point in your life there will be a moment in which that skill will be really useful to have.  Tip #13 shows readers how to tie three basic knots: the Bowline, Square Knot, and Sheet Bend.

In addition to charts, pictures and diagrams like the ones pictured above that demonstrate important skills to have, 100 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GROW UP incorporates experts giving their advice on how to get things done. Nathan Odom the 13 year old winner of the FOX cooking competition television show, MasterChef Junior shares recipes for baking cookies; Jimmy Thai from Toastmasters International provides advice on public speaking; professional organizer Barry Izsak explains how to pack a suitcase; and astronomer Knicole Colon provides her list of 3 must-see planets viewable through a telescope. These are just a few of the experts and explorers that provide their 2-cents on various topics throughout the book.

Designed with the same youthful vibe as the publication style of National Geographic KiDS Magazine, this compact sized book is easy to store around the house and small enough to take along traveling making it an always handy option for a kids to reference when faced with a conundrum. 100 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GROW UP brings together motivational tools and  educational references with the goal of inspiring boys and girls ages 8 to 12 years old to be inquisitive about learning new things to help them become the best person they can be. Whether it is practical skills such as how to do laundry, pump up a bike tire and stay safe online; goofy stuff like learning to balance a spoon on your nose, coming up with the perfect secret hand shake, and teaching a pet a new trick; or inspirational insights such as how to say NO, dealing with jealousy, learning to be tolerant, responding to hurt feelings, and taking the perspective of looking on the bright side, the material in this book is a dependable source for kids to turn to for information that reinforces the lessons being taught to them by their parents and at school. We plan on keeping this book readily accessible for our own two kids because you never know what will spark a kid's interest and there is a lot of intellectual tinder in this book. Speaking of tinder, I also pulled the book out the other day for my own personal use because I'm notoriously bad at building camp fires so I wanted to check out Tip #17 before the summer weather gets here.

CLICK HERE for more information or to purchase 100 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GROW UP from the National Geographic online store.

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  1. Sounds like a useful book. I am pretty bad with names as well, I'm more of a visual person though so if I am Facebook friends with someone (thus, seeing their name in print/on my computer) I can then remember their name.

  2. Umm, I think I might need this book. I don't know how to build a campfire, do a card trick or pack a suitcase like a pro -- and I travel all the time!

  3. How fun! I think I need to order this book for our granddaughter. Sounds like fun for the whole fmaily.

  4. Sounds pretty awesome! Seems like there are some great tips in there that I would like to have!!!

  5. I love the fort. One of the kiddos in my class just wrote a "how-to" guide to building forts and it really made me nostalgic. Sounds like a fun book!

  6. Such a fun and amazing read. A must have for every household for the kids or teens to read.

  7. Sounds like an amazing book for all kids (and adults). I love that it includes skills, goofiness, and inspiration.

  8. This seems like a great book for a kid birthday present. I'll have to add it to my cart in Amazon.