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National Geographic Almanac 2020
Trending Topics - Big Ideas in Science - Photos, Maps, Facts & More
By (author): National Geographic Foreword by: Cara Santa Maria
9781426220524 Paperback, Trade English General Trade REFERENCE / Almanacs Aug 27, 2019
$25.99 CAD
Active 7.21 x 9.1 x 1 in 400 pages 700+ COLOR PHOTOS, 50 MAPS National Geographic
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.

CATEGORY BUSTER: National Geographic’s redefined almanac for teens and adults combines high-energy design, unparalleled photography, and fascinating infographics.

SERVICE, FACTS, FUN: Includes travel tips, mini field guides, and other service-oriented content as well as basic reference information like world maps, flags, country and continent statistics, and historical time lines.

A NEW TRADITION: This will be National Geographic’s second annual almanac, combining up-to-the-minute trends with evergreen facts. All content will be reviewed and updated; more than 2/3 will be completely new.

DYNAMIC SPOKESPERSON: Cara Santa Maria, an energetic LA-based science journalist, will represent this book in personal appearances and across all media: TV, radio, blogs, social media.

TAILORED TO TRIVIA NIGHT CROWD: Each chapter includes a “Quizmaster” spread with trivia-style questions and page references for where to find the answers.

STRONG PRESS POTENTIAL: The 2019 Almanac was featured as a Jeopardy! category and is inspiring NG-branded Nerd Nites and trivia gaming throughout the U.S., paving the way for repeat collaborations.

CONTINUING CROSS-PLATFORM SUPPORT: Year-round NG coverage begun for the 2019 Almanac will continue through the year, including monthly NGM print features and almanac-centric digital features:

FOCUS ON DIVERSITY: This book profiles a diverse collection of scientists, thought leaders, and explorers, placing an emphasis on women and people of color (who tend to be underrepresented in these fields).

One of the world’s leading nonfiction publishers, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC has published more than 1,700 titles, featuring such categories as history, travel, nature, photography, space, science, health, biography, and memoir. A portion of its proceeds is used to fund exploration, conservation, and education through ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society.

CARA SANTA MARIA (foreword) is an award-winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer, and podcaster. She is a correspondent on National Geographic’s Channel’s Explorer and Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves the World. She is the creator and host of a weekly science podcast called “Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria” and co-hosts the popular “Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe” podcast. Santa Maria’s work has been featured on Al Jazeera America, TBS, Fox, The Huffington Post, and the Weather Channel. Prior to her career in media, she taught biology and psychology courses to university undergraduates and high school students in Texas and New York.

Author Residence: Washington, DC

Author Hometown: Washington, DC


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“Like previous editions, this latest almanac from National Geographic is full of fascinating information, from medicine, biology, and astronomy, to geography and beyond. Timely topics covered include regulations against plastic straws, dwindling honeybee populations, and antibiotic resistance. With just a few items per page (no long articles here) and pithy text, this is a browser’s delight—each page bursts with color and images, and there are plenty of charts, time lines, lists, and maps. Featured throughout are quotes from a variety of figures: Leonardo DiCaprio, Pablo Neruda, and Rachel Carson, to name a few eclectic examples…A fun, breezy resource for fans of National Geographic; kids and teens will enjoy it, too.” –Library Journal

“I found myself utterly enthralled throughout its pages.  The photos were remarkably captivating, but the information was so varied and presented so approachably, that I almost felt like I understood every subject.  Needless, to say, I did not, but for the first time I felt like I could possibly understand things like dark matter.” –Amy’s Book-et List
“…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.” –Unabridged Chick
“And who better to compile all the wonders, than the amazing team at The National Geographic Society? You know they mean business – but also, they make learning FUN!”—Bookapotamus
“This is a visually stunning and comprehensive collection of content, and one I think will make a great gift for the upcoming holiday season!” –Instagram: @sixminutesforme
“I had so much fun flipping through this book…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.” –Broken Teepee
“These photos were stunning, bright, eye catching, and vivid.” –The Pages In-Between
“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…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.” –Bookchickdi
“From trending topics like pioneering women to ways you can help save the reefs this book literally has it all. There is an abundance of information, fun quizzes, pop culture lists, maps, and each page is filled with beautiful photos.” –Instagram: @jennsbookvibes
“Almanac 2020 will make you feel equal parts dumb (because there is so much we don’t know) and smart (because you will finish this knowing so much more information about a huge variety of things), and that’s the best part about the book.” –Stranded in Chaos

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