I love having a book on hand that is not necessarily to be read straight through but rather to picked up for small fragments of reading here and there. National Geographic’s Almanac 2020 is just the thing. I thank TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy at no charge for my honest review.
About National Geographic’s Almanac 2020:
The latest dynamic annual for the 21st century, featuring high-energy pages packed with facts, photos, infographics, time lines, and maps that capture today’s world. Perfect for ages 12 to 112.
An almanac like no other, this book offers everything you need to know about the world in 2020–from science and nature to history, world cultures, and the environment. Filled with exquisite National Geographic photography, informative infographics, illustrated time lines, and authoritative maps, this striking new edition will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with practical tips for improving your own sustainability habits.
The book begins with trending topics in science, technology, and culture, then moves into fascinating chapters on travel, exploration, earth and space, biology, culture, and history. Recurring features include inspiring quotes, revealing facts, photos from National Geographic’s Instagram, and a Quizmaster trivia feature. With new discoveries on every page, this cutting-edge book brings you the world, no matter what your age.
About National Geographic:
One of the world’s leading nonfiction publishers, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC has published more than 1,700 titles, featuring such categories as history, travel, nature, photography, space, science, health, biography, and memoir. A portion of its proceeds is used to fund exploration, conservation, and education through ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society.
CARA SANTA MARIA (foreword) is an award-winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer, and podcaster. She is a correspondent on National Geographic’s Channel’s Explorer and Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves the World. She is the creator and host of a weekly science podcast called “Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria” and co-hosts the popular “Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe” podcast. Santa Maria’s work has been featured on Al Jazeera America, TBS, Fox, The Huffington Post, and the Weather Channel. Prior to her career in media, she taught biology and psychology courses to university undergraduates and high school students in Texas and New York.
I had so much fun flipping through this book. It’s not a book you sit down and read. It’s a book that you page through and find something that sparks your interest at that moment. Or you go in searching for a section about which you want to know more. For me that was the Top Ten Skywatching Events of 2020. I have the page bookmarked so I won’t miss any.
There are sections for Trending 2020, Exploration and Adventure, This Planet & Beyond, Life on Earth, The Science of Us, Yesterday to Tomorrow, and Our World. Each section has many subsections that offer all kinds of interesting tidbits. It was fun to just open to a page and learn something new.
This would make a great gift for anyone that loves trivia or just likes learning new things. It’s also a great book for someone who wants to be a little ahead of the curve for information heading into the new year.