I’m a girl who grew up in a nondigital world. When we needed to know something we went to the library; we researched information using books. Facts were readily at our disposal without any need for power or hand-held devices.
The children in my class have Chromebooks. They can access Google and YouTube and PebbleGo anytime they want. It is helpful in many ways. But, nothing can compare with holding a book of facts in your hands.
Normally, I am all about reading fiction. When we put together our “Best of 2017” lists, as book bloggers like to do, I had read 3 nonfiction books. Three.
Yet, when The World Almanac and Book of Facts arrived at our door, I could not put it down. I flipped through it even as I walked to my husband asking, “Did you know…?” You cannot believe the amount of interesting and pertinent facts within its cover!
There is a Chronology of Events which covers November 1, 2016 through October 31, 2017 covering national and international add events. (There are even pages with the results of the 2017 presidential election and how each states voted.) The plethora of fascinating facts continues on every page, with topics such as these:
- Obituaries for famous people who died in 2017
- Notable Quotes of 2017
- Economics including the world’s wealthiest individuals, leading businesses and largest companies
- Military Affairs
- Health with every subtopic you can imagine from eating disorders to common infectious diseases and basic first aid
Well, I could go on and on and on, but I tell you this is a fabulous resource to have to check on facts, to remember the year(s) gone by, and to consider the future. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
There’s even a section with the year in pictures.