National Geographic Essentials for School Kids

I got asked to review a Daily Planner for kids released by National Geographic Kids.

As the title suggests, it is full of weird but true facts about the world. The colours are bright and vibrant, there is plenty of space to write and doodle in, and the general conclusion is that of a very fun and engaging space for kids to release their creativity in.

However, I must mention this. On the first page of the planner under the title “this planner belongs to” after “Name” and “Weird Nickname” is “Spirit Animal.”

Really, National Geographic Kids? Unless the kid using the planning is Native American, unless you are Native American, you don’t get to have a spirit animal. The fact that this needs to be said is bewildering. You don’t get to appropriate culture; pick and choose from someone’s culture just because a facet of it appeals to you and your aesthetic.

So no, you don’t get a spirit animal and the planner I’m handing over to my niece has that struck out.


I was also asked to review the National Geographic United States Atlas for Kids.

Like all the others in this series, the newest edition of the United States Atlas is vibrant, accessible and engaging. The amount of information curated in the book and the ease with which children will be able to parse it makes this volume a valuable asset for classrooms and librarians. Engaging photographs and interesting facts further increase its appeal. Recommended.