Welcome to the very first AME "Monday Mingle" - Guest posts are a fun way to introduce bloggers we love to all of you fabulous readers. I thought "Monday Mingle" would be a great idea to show the luv for my fellow bloggers, every Monday (or as often as guests come by!) feature a fantastic blogger I admire here on AME!

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Now, without further adieu, allow me to introduce our very first Monday Mingle Guest blogger, Brandy from InsaneMamacita's Musings!

Book Review of National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why
By: Brandy @insanemamacita

All parents dread it.

We hope our kids never learn to say it.

But yet, some how and some way they do.

And once they know it, you never hear the end of it.

You guessed it. It's the question, WHY?

When my oldest son started asking us WHY after everything we said to him, we wanted to pull our hair and teeth out. It was exhausting trying to figure out how to properly formulate an answer to his simple yet frustrating questions.

Now, I have found the perfect book to help parents answer their children's WHY questions! It's called National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why by Amy Shields.

This book is simply amazing. It covers everything from "why do I have a belly button" to "why do planes fly" to "why can't we touch the stars?"

The book is divided into four categories: Amazing Me, How Things Work, Animals All Around, and Wonders of the World. Near the end of the book is a parent tips section as well as a glossary, additional resources, and an index. It is a very thought out and well organized mini encyclopedia.

Flipping through the book you will find numerous vibrant and beautiful pictures. These are sure to capture the attention of children and parents alike. The ratio of text to images is a perfect balance. The content is not heavy or overwhelming. Each question is answered using only a paragraph or two. The explanations given are easy to understand and straight forward. To further grab the reader's attention little fact bubbles are spread throughout the pages.

The book also includes experiments and games to try with your children. This takes the child's reading experience to the next level by being hands on and interactive. I love the WHY NOT? features found scattered throughout the book. This little game asks your child to point out how many things are incorrect in the picture. Every child will definitely love this neat and fun aspect of the book. You and your child will share tons of laughs at the silliness of some of the objects.

I would highly recommend that all parents buy this awesome reference book to add to their home libraries. It is extremely informative. You will be surprised at what you will learn with a simple turn of the page. The book is primarily aimed at preschoolers but older children will certainly get a kick out of it. I have enjoyed sharing and reading this book with my own children who are six and two years old. My oldest son can be found reading this book by himself for hours on end.

So, the next time your child comes up to with a dreaded WHY question, check out this book. It may just have the answers to the questions you and your child have been searching for.

Publishing information:

Title: National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why
Author: Amy Shields
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Year: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4263-0793-5

Brandy is a stay at home, work at home, study at home mom to two very active boys (some may call them insane). She spends entirely way too much time on social media but also loves to read and go for walks for mommy time outs. Brandy can be found blogging at www.insanemamacita.com. She tweets at insanemamacita and she would be pleased if you "like" her Facebook Page.

Disclosure: Written by InsaneMamacita's Musings in participation with "Monday Mingle". Opinions and comments on this blog are otherwise those of AME. 

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  1. Sounds like I may need this book! Sounds like a perfect book for all ages. I can read it to the youngest and the oldest would LOVE to read it on her own. Thanks for the review.

  2. Thank you for having me Alyssa!

    I should have added that this book is part of our personal home library. I was not compensated for this post.

    It's a great book and my kids love it!

  3. This book sounds great, I'm always on the lookout for new books to read with Keira and I especially love books like this that will really help her learn!

  4. What a good book to have on hand as a reference. Kids ask a lot of questions.

  5. Oh my gosh...I really need to check out this book! My son is driving me insane lately with the "Whys" haha.


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