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Throughout my life, I have always had this affinity for weird but true facts. It’s often been useful when playing trivia games. On more than one occasion I’ve had people ask me why I even knew those facts, so when Moms Meet asked if I was interested in reviewing some of the National Geographic Kids Weird But True! books with my son, there was no hesitation.
It is the 10th Anniversary of the original Weird But True! series and there are 10 volumes of the series available to share with your family. In addition to the main series, there are also specialty themed Weird But True! books. We received the Weird But True! Canada and the Weird But True! Christmas editions of the books. It has been a while since my son and I have sat together and enjoyed reading a book together. Normally he wants to read on his own.
Being so close to the holidays, the boy decided he wanted to read the Weird But True! Christmas edition and learn some facts that he could share with his friends. One of his favorite holidays facts was a 10-year-old girl (same age as he is) recorded the hit song “I want a Hippopotamus For Christmas” (our favorite Christmas song). She got one (but donated it to a zoo).
As a true Canadian, I am always interested in learning facts about my country, so I grabbed the Weird But True! Canada edition first. Did you know that Hawaiian pizza (a pie topped with ham and pineapple) was invented in Chatham, ON? I grew up not far from Chatham and had no idea. Another very interesting fact in the book says that it is illegal to climb trees in Oshawa, ON. When my son heard that fact, his eyes grew very wide and asked “Mommy, does that mean I am going to go to jail? I’ve climbed a few trees in Oshawa?” I couldn’t stop laughing and reassured him, he was fine.
Several times now I have found the boy curled up on the couch enjoying these books which is amazing because getting him to read can sometimes be a bit of a struggle. Anything that gets him happily reading is definitely a winner to me. And if your looking for some age appropriate and useful content for your kids to enjoy on YouTube, the National Geographic kids channel has a ton of great content.
So with the holidays just mere days away, if you are still looking for some great gift ideas that you can enjoy as a family or that will get your child enjoying reading, I would definitely stock up on some Weird But True! fact books.
If your Canadian kids (ages 6-14) have a verifiable weird fact about Canada, their hometown or province, submit it to natgeokids.com/wbtcanada by March 1, 2019 to win some Weird But True! books of your own.