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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 e 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.


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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 e 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.

30 review for National Geographic Almanac 2020: Trending Topics - Big Ideas in Science - Photos, Maps, Facts & More

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    A personal anecdote about almanacs. The book fair at school was a BIG DEAL when I was growing up. My mom allowed my brother and me to pick one, maybe two, books and a bookmark, so we had to be selective. My brother had several interests, but I remember him especially being drawn to nonfiction books like the Guinness World Records and almanacs. I also remember both sets of grandparents purchasing Farmer’s Almanacs each year to predict the weather for their planting, among other things. My mom, to A personal anecdote about almanacs. The book fair at school was a BIG DEAL when I was growing up. My mom allowed my brother and me to pick one, maybe two, books and a bookmark, so we had to be selective. My brother had several interests, but I remember him especially being drawn to nonfiction books like the Guinness World Records and almanacs. I also remember both sets of grandparents purchasing Farmer’s Almanacs each year to predict the weather for their planting, among other things. My mom, to this day, will tell me when the Farmer’s Almanac predicts snow to get me excited. We love snow here in North Carolina! Well, I do! So, all that to say, receiving an Almanac for review presented me with nostalgia, and I’m grateful for the memories this book brought back. Being publishing by National Geographic, you can imagine this is a gorgeous, vibrant book from cover to cover. Almanac 2020 is full of facts, stunning photos, maps, and timelines. It’s perfect for everyone. There’s a special Earth Day section with sustainability tips. There’s also travel, culture, technology, quotes that inspire, and even some fun trivia (I LOVE trivia!). Almanac 2020 is a book I’m grateful to have on my shelf for all the helpful information inside, and it’s a stunning addition to my coffee table, too. I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Drey

    Quite entertaining and informative. A big help to my examination.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sédra Ocean

    National Geographic Almanac 2020 is an ultimate work of art, endlessly loved and admired. It contains all the crucial details about our world and planet. Impressive, organized, and fruitful. fulls of amazing maps and photographs all over the globe. I recommend it to everyone who seeks knowledge and finds his/her passion for Science and Space. I give it 5/5 as well as all Natgeo's Wonderful Collection. National Geographic Almanac 2020 is an ultimate work of art, endlessly loved and admired. It contains all the crucial details about our world and planet. Impressive, organized, and fruitful. fulls of amazing maps and photographs all over the globe. I recommend it to everyone who seeks knowledge and finds his/her passion for Science and Space. I give it 5/5 as well as all Natgeo's Wonderful Collection.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Audra (Unabridged Chick)

    Breaking bread is the universal bonding mechanism of humanity. At a table, over food, one has no enemies. National Geographic magazine is a sentimental staple in my life: I grew up on old issues given to me by neighbors and treasured the subscriptions I got for Christmas. I've given up my paper magazines in the name of conservation but am still drawn to that familiar yellow border and the images and knowledge within. I hadn't had an opportunity to pour over any of NatGeo's annual almanacs until of Breaking bread is the universal bonding mechanism of humanity. At a table, over food, one has no enemies. National Geographic magazine is a sentimental staple in my life: I grew up on old issues given to me by neighbors and treasured the subscriptions I got for Christmas. I've given up my paper magazines in the name of conservation but am still drawn to that familiar yellow border and the images and knowledge within. I hadn't had an opportunity to pour over any of NatGeo's annual almanacs until offered one for review, and it's an ultra dose of everything the magazine does well, broken up into small, easily consumed tidbits. It's perfect for trivia nerds and kids: most of the topics are covered in two pages or less, broken up with NatGeo's trademark stunning photography or infographics and timelines for context. Between us, I'm not precisely sure what makes this an 'almanac' in the way I understand an almanac (weather or astrological predictions) but the topics presented are timely and relevant: recent scientific discoveries (importance of sleep), anniversaries (10th anniversary of Ada Lovelace Day), concepts (gender as a spectrum), cutting edge thinkers (immersive journalist Paul Salopek, whose quote opens my review), historical figures (Semiramis), and research that reached mainstream media (brain-gut connection). There's also tons of trivia: the biggest things, deepest things, maps of countries and rows of flags, the kind of stuff I loved stumbling over when paging through encyclopedias. What I appreciate in this book is what I appreciate about NatGeo's work in general: there is a reverence for the planet and an affection for all people that invites the reader to see themselves as a piece of a larger, interconnected story. This book is great for anyone who enjoys the surprise of stumbling across a tidbit new to them, but also strikes me as a great springboard for homeschool or independent study. Unabridged Kid (4.5 years old) and I have been turning to it almost daily to explore a page of nerdiness or pour over the striking pictures. I anticipate this will become an annual arrival in our house now and it makes me more than a little sentimental to pass on my love for NatGeo to him.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sara Strand

    I can't imagine anyone giving this less than 5 stars because this book is completely stunning and endlessly fascinating. Page after page of incredible photos, information that is easy to understand and completely relevant, topics that are trending in conversations the last few years, and information you can use while planning that next vacation. It has absolutely everything covered. Even though it's just shy of 400 pages I got through this in a few hours, but my kids have been reading it rather I can't imagine anyone giving this less than 5 stars because this book is completely stunning and endlessly fascinating. Page after page of incredible photos, information that is easy to understand and completely relevant, topics that are trending in conversations the last few years, and information you can use while planning that next vacation. It has absolutely everything covered. Even though it's just shy of 400 pages I got through this in a few hours, but my kids have been reading it rather obsessively the last few days. This would be a really great addition to a classroom library or even a school library. If you homeschool your children (or just want to have something for them to read at home and get off their phone), this is a very cool book. A kid who isn't a big reader would even get into this thanks to the short sections and right to the point facts.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    Holy smokes! For those of you who might find almanacs dry and boring, go read this one, because it's the complete opposite. The images are absolutely stunning, the information is presented in an easy to read way, and covers a variety of topics. Definitely great to have on hand as a reference or just as something interested to read and learn from. Holy smokes! For those of you who might find almanacs dry and boring, go read this one, because it's the complete opposite. The images are absolutely stunning, the information is presented in an easy to read way, and covers a variety of topics. Definitely great to have on hand as a reference or just as something interested to read and learn from.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Fahley

    Very informative. I am reading this to my 9 year old son and he loves all the detail and pictures

  8. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    National Geographic's new series of books are filled with fantastic photos and information, and Almanac 2020- Trending Topics, Big Ideas, Photos, Maps, Facts and More is perfect for anyone wants to know more about our world. The book is divided into sections- Trending 2020, Exploration & Adventure, This Planet & Beyond, and The Science of Us among them. Each section starts off with Quiz Master, a page filled with questions that will be answered in the following pages. There are so many interesting National Geographic's new series of books are filled with fantastic photos and information, and Almanac 2020- Trending Topics, Big Ideas, Photos, Maps, Facts and More is perfect for anyone wants to know more about our world. The book is divided into sections- Trending 2020, Exploration & Adventure, This Planet & Beyond, and The Science of Us among them. Each section starts off with Quiz Master, a page filled with questions that will be answered in the following pages. There are so many interesting facts, such as the Netherlands, a small, cold climate country leads the world in tomato, potato and onion exports. Who would have guessed that? In Austin, Texas, restaurants are required by law to donate or compost unused foods, it can't go to the landfill. In Rwanda, 61% of their seats in the lower House of Parliament are held by women. National Geographic magazine is known for their incredible photos, and there are many pages filled with the best of them. The ones of the Night Sky are stunning. You will immediately head to their Instagram page to follow them. They have pages of maps, like the one of the United States National Parks, along with a sidebar of the Secret Gems found there that will help you plan a cross-country trip. If you prefer to travel world-wide, The Off The Beaten Path page has suggestions for the more adventurous places to visit. The map of disappearing languages is enlightening. The Timeline pages of Human Evolution, Life Science, Earth Science, American History, and more would help trivia fans win contests. The photo graphics of backyard birds, seashells, and telltale tracks of various animals will interest nature lovers. There is so much rich content here, it's a great book to keep on your coffee table and thumb through when you have a few minutes. You'll learn about the religious holidays of the most popular faiths, popular fairy tales from history and their modern takes, and a page listing the peacekeeping missions of the United Nations. And for fans of the web series "Fun With Flags " (shout-out to The Big Bang Theory), there are pages of flags of the United States throughout history, state flags, and flags of the world. Whether you are studying up to be on Jeopardy, have a budding scientist in the family, or are curious about our world (and beyond), Almanac 2020 is a wonderful book for the entire family. The eye-catching graphic layout is not your grandfather's almanac. It would make a great gift.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sara Rosenthal

    I was so excited to win a copy of this on Goodreads Giveaways! WOW! This is a beautiful book. Although I did not read it cover to cover, it is a great reference book with tons of photos and a wide array of information about history, science and our world. In typical NatGeo style it offers a wonderful sneak peek into worlds and cultures we may not be familiar with and helps to open our mind and instill us with a sense of wonder. My take on this is that they took small factoids and photos from the I was so excited to win a copy of this on Goodreads Giveaways! WOW! This is a beautiful book. Although I did not read it cover to cover, it is a great reference book with tons of photos and a wide array of information about history, science and our world. In typical NatGeo style it offers a wonderful sneak peek into worlds and cultures we may not be familiar with and helps to open our mind and instill us with a sense of wonder. My take on this is that they took small factoids and photos from the internet and condensed it into a printed book (with some additional original content as well). It sounds counterintuitive to print what is already available online but it puts it all in one place summing it up in a concise guide that is a beautiful visual journey. I also love that it is broken down into small managebale pieces and articles that are not longer than a page or so, interspersed with quiz questions, lots of photos with descriptions and more to keep the reader engaged and learning without having to do a lot of reading. I absolutely love this Almanac! One thing to note is tath although it could be a sort of "coffee table book", it is in a paperback cover, not a hardcover, so it is truly meant to be a reference book rather than just a photo journal, although it is both.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    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, a 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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mark Lacy

    I was very disappointed with this almanac, the first one of National Geographic's that I've purchased. The organization of the book feels haphazard. The design of each page seems to share no consistency with any nearby page. Some people might like to browse a book like this, but I didn't. I was expecting something more like a reference book I could pick up and easily find what I was looking for (and see some spectacular photography at the same time, of course). I was very disappointed with this almanac, the first one of National Geographic's that I've purchased. The organization of the book feels haphazard. The design of each page seems to share no consistency with any nearby page. Some people might like to browse a book like this, but I didn't. I was expecting something more like a reference book I could pick up and easily find what I was looking for (and see some spectacular photography at the same time, of course).

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steven Thomas

    I originally got these for my kids - however, I will continue to get these and read them cover-to-cover each year as the information is concise, the photography is spectacular, and the quizzes are quite challenging and informative.

  13. 5 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

    A

  14. 4 out of 5

    Izzatur Rahmaniyah

    Very informative! I love the images!

  15. 4 out of 5

    MandaGunz

    rrrrrrrrr

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan Morris

    Love the information in the book. Great for sparking interest in Science with children, too.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tena

    another GOODREADS win! Colorful and vibrant photographs accompanied by massive amounts of topics with just enough detail to peak any curiosity.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Lamerton

    Hard to follow

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    📚 Checked out from local public library. ⌚ Caught my attention with its cover and title. 💭 Learned a lot from this almanac with its short, engaging sections and beautiful photographs. May read the 2021 edition to see how much National Geographic changes and/or adds between years. 4/5. Review written January 25, 2021.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Adrianne B.

    My son & I LOVE this almanac! He is interested in weather, so I hoped to win this book for him to help further his intereists. Now I can let him learn at his own pace! He loves the photos the best.

  21. 5 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tariq A Yunis, Sr.

  23. 5 out of 5

    AceOfSpadefish

  24. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Hamidani

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carol

  27. 4 out of 5

    Absynthe Greene

  28. 5 out of 5

    Leonardo Asazadeh

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amy’s Booket List

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carey Smith

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