Finding Inspiration with National Geographic Kids

National Geographic has been a household name for generations, thanks to its flagship magazine, stunning photography, and exhaustive storytelling from around the world. True to the brand, National Geographic Kids has been reliably putting out some of the best – and most inspiring – kids books on the market today.

Today, I want to take a look at three titles that further that inspiration and help kids ask the age-old question, What do you want to be when you grow up?

When I was a kid, I wanted to be three things: a firefighter, an archaeologist, and an astronaut. I’ve been fortunate enough to be the first two. The third? Still waiting for that one to come true.

Nevertheless, there’s a billion and one jobs out there, and kids in 2018 have never had more options. 100 Things to Be When You Grow Up (by Lisa Gerry) narrows down that list quite a bit.

These are not your typical, run-of-the-mill job options. I mean, there are variations on the standard “doctor, lawyer, dentist” suggestions, but this book is all about getting kids to think outside the box. Helping them see that there are people who get paid to do some truly amazing things.

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Jamie is a publishing/book nerd who makes a living by wrangling words together into some sense of coherence. He's the founder and owner of The Roarbots and also a contributor to Syfy Wire, StarWars.com, and GeekDad. On top of that, he hosts The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, which celebrates creativity in popular culture, science, and technology by talking to a wide variety of people who contribute to it.

A Friend for Lakota

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October is Bullying Prevention Month. Unfortunately, most books about bullying are so on the nose and hit kids over the head with the message. And they all have some variation of the same lesson: bullying is bad; be better than the bully.

Enter A Friend for Lakota from National Geographic Kids, which presents an anti-bullying message couched in a wildlife tale. The authors – Jim and Jamie Dutcher – spent six years living in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, following a pack of wolves and documenting rarely seen social behaviors.

They’ve since started Living with Wolves, a non-profit dedicated to raising “public awareness of the truth about wolves, their social nature, their importance to healthy ecosystems, and the threats to their survival.”

The Dutchers have made several documentaries and written several books about the wolves they “adopted.” A Friend for Lakota is their first children’s book on the subject.

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Jamie is a publishing/book nerd who makes a living by wrangling words together into some sense of coherence. He's the founder and owner of The Roarbots and also a contributor to Syfy Wire, StarWars.com, and GeekDad. On top of that, he hosts The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, which celebrates creativity in popular culture, science, and technology by talking to a wide variety of people who contribute to it.