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It’s time for young readers to get lit and discover some new books!

National Geographic Publishing will launch a packed slate of interactive, educational books this spring for middle-grade readers. There are new almanacs, educational workbooks about the mathematics of sports, Solve This! puzzles, and other exciting reads.

Check out more information below.

It’s a Numbers Game! Basketball

This math book (photo above), available now, explores the geometry of making the perfect shot and why NBA players only have 24 seconds to score a basket. Kids can become basketball stars and learn about the numbers found all around the court with this book written by James Buckely Jr. The book shares tips to improve kids’ own games, as well as info all about the numbers and statistics that make the game what it is. The pages feature colorful graphics, interesting photos, and sports trivia, along with fun activities at the end of each chapter.

MSRP: $14.99

Publication Date: Feb. 4


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Explorer Academy: The Star Dunes

Out now, Trudi Truiet’s new book follows Cruz, Sailor, and Emmett as they head to Africa in the fourth installment in the Explorer Academy series. New clues take the friends on dangerous missions as they attempt to solve the puzzle. It’s full of twists and turns that’ll keep kids guessing until the very last page.

MSRP: $16.99

Publication Date: March 17


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Solve This! Forensics: Super Science and Curious Capers for the Daring Detective in You

Kate Messner and Anne Ruppert fuse C.S.I. and National Geographic in their forensics-filled adventure, available now. Budding sleuths can examine evidence and consider suspects as they work to solve the crimes. The entertaining, G-rated mystery allows kids to study computer keyboard smudges, dust for fingerprints, examine bite marks on a discarded snack, analyze toxicology test results, and more.

MSRP: $16.99

Publication Date: Feb. 4


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National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021

The latest installment of the brand’s almanac for kids will be available this May with all-new animal stories, explorer profiles, and outrageous attractions. The pages will also include cool inventions, games, and challenges for curious kids. The book is packed with photos, fun facts, crafts, activities, and more.

MSRP: $14.99

Publication Date: May 5


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Zeus the Mighty: The Maze of the Menacing Minotaur

In Crispin Boyer’s new book this May, Zeus the Mighty and the other gods of Mount Olympus Pet Center must defeat a mysterious maze that houses a menacing monster. The pets are also gods, making them pretty much invincible in the face of danger. Once in the belly of the beast (or the maze), there’s something terrible, ancient, and big down there that terrorizes all of the Mount Olympus residents. Kids will discover whether or not pet Zeus the Mighty can save the day in this animal take on gods and goddesses.

MSRP: $12.99

Publication Date: May 19