Thursday, July 10, 2014

Book reviews: New from Time For Kids and Sports Illustrated Kids

*Disclosure: I received these books to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

Even though neither of my kids can really read much yet, they both really love sitting and looking through books. My son loves sports books a LOT and loves to look at pictures of his favorite teams and ask lots of questions about things he doesn't know everything about. He's also fascinated by technology, and both kids also like books about animals. So, when I recently received a package with a book about sports, a book about animals and one about robots, the kids were both very happy.  Here's a bit about these three books, from a press release that I received:
      TIME For Kids X–Why-Z Animals (June 10, $14.95, Ages 4 to 6) answers all the questions inquisitive young minds might ask about animals. The second TIME For Kids’ X–Why-Z title in the highly successful new series, X-Why-Z Animals provides more than 200 facts in 96 full-color pages with stunning photos and images. Each chapter covers a different family of animals: mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, arachnids, sea animals, birds and dinosaurs, and asks questions like, Why do squirrels bury nuts? Why don’t snakes have ears? Why do dolphins make clicking sounds?

·         TIME For Kids Robots (June 17, $16.95, Ages 8 and up) will take kids around the world, across the universe, and straight into the future of the world of robots! This book is the first in an exciting new series from TIME For Kids with 96 pages filled with colorful photos and interesting facts, like how robots are being used to help firefighters and how robots can explore where humans can’t go, like the depths of the sea and inside tornadoes and hurricanes!

Sports Illustrated Kids Big Book of Who: ALL-STARS (June 10, $17.95, Ages 8 and up) features facts on and statistics for more than 100 of the world’s best athletes that every young sports fan wants to learn more about, including LeBron James, Derek Jeter, and Shaun White. The third title in the Sports Illustrated Kids Big Book Of series, Big Book of Who: ALL–STARS recounts the amazing achievements of these all-star athletes in a broad array of sports, including baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey, racing, soccer, tennis, as well as Olympic and extreme sports. Readers will find statistics about all-stars and sports legends from Missy Franklin to Larry Bird, and PelĂ© to Cal Ripken, Jr. along with many, many more.
I love how these books are designed especially for kids. They have great pictures and descriptions and are easy for mom or dad to read to the kids in small sessions or longer ones.  Ethan has kind of worn me out with the sports book, since he never ever tires of reading about sports, but thankfully his grandfather is coming to visit soon and he shares Ethan's sports fascinations.  We've all learned a lot from these three books- I look forward to continuing to read them with my kids and learning even more!