- Adriana Puckett
Did you know that dogs are the top pet owned by U.S. households (46.3 million dogs, to be exact), and that beetles have the most species identified of all insects? How about the fact that extreme weather in January 2012 broke U.S. records for cold, snow, and heat? All of these facts, along with colorful pictures, are contained in the 2013 Almanac for Kids from Scholastic. Kids ages 8 and up will love to tote around this compendium of trivia, which puts more than 300 pages of statistics, charts, tables, maps, and more at their fingertips.
When I was a child I loved to pore over these almanacs, just soaking up the breadth of knowledge that they contain. Just the other day my family was wondering about the official name for groups of animals like chickens and foxes. Lo and behold, the "Animal Multiples" table on page 29 lists the proper term for everything from ants (colony) to woodcocks (fall). The Buildings and Landmarks chapter has both historical timelines of buildings and modern statistics like the "tallest" cities in the world (New York) and the longest suspension bridges in North America (the Verrazabo-Narrows in New York). The fun doesn't end there. Other chapter topics include crime, disasters, the environment, games, inventors, the military, music, space, sports, technology, U.S. and world history, and much more.