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Put Your Kids in the Story with National Geographic Kids Books

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Reading is a big deal in our house. I've read to my kiddos daily since they were newborns and I think that's why they enjoy it so much to this day. My son voraciously devours non-fiction books and being the good little sister that she is, my daughter follows suit. She delights in reading about dinosaurs as much as she does princesses. So, being that they're both so interested in learning all about animals and such, the National Geographic Kids Put Me in the Story books are right up their alley!

In case you aren't familiar with Put Me In The Story, it's the #1 personalized books site in the U.S. My kids were treated to their National Geographic Little Kids Book of Animals and National Geographic Little Kids Book of Dinosaur. Through them, they've been able to explore the rain forest, ocean, icecaps, an exciting pre-historic world and more thanks to the beautiful photographs and illustrations they found inside.


I bet your kids would love to receive their own personalized book as much as my kids do! They would be thrilled to see their photos and names pop up throughout the story. You can choose a favorite picture and even compose a dedication message to add an extra special touch to your gift...When they open their book they will literally see themselves as a character in it. It doesn't get much cooler than that! And at just $29.99 for the hardcover version or $19.99 for the paperback, it's a small price to pay for the kind of gift that keeps on giving!

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Now as much fun as they have reading, they love bringing what they read to life through their drawings too. I can't tell you how many times I've found my son painstakingly trying to recreate the whale or shark he had just read about in a book. It warms my heart to see them be so passionate about their interests! And I'm sure you feel the same way watching your kids get excited about learning, so I know you're going to love the contest that National Geographic Kids and the San Diego Zoo have joined forces to present!

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win a trip to the san diego zoo

Your kid can enter to WIN a trip to the San Diego Zoo to celebrate their 100th anniversary with the Little Explorer Drawing Contest from May 16th – July 8th. Adults 18 years of age or older can enter HERE. This is such a special prize because the San Diego has an amazing year planned to celebrate their anniversary from displays on Centennial Plaza, new film experiences, new shows and more!

For EXTRA entries: Download the free coloring pages on the contest page and share a photo of your child’s drawing on one along with the hashtag #ColorAndExplore on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook! Or you could upload the drawing to the photo gallery on the contest page HERE.

*It's important to note that social media posts must be public for them to be counted as an extra entry.


  • 1 Grand Prize winner will receive a 4-days/3-nightsFamily vacation to San Diego for a family of 4 including flights and hotel accommodations and 4 tickets to the San Diego, as well as National Geographic Little Kids Book of Animals and National Geographic Little Kids Book of Dinosaurs personalized books.
  • 2 Runner Up winners will receive National Geographic Little Kids Book of Animals and National Geographic Little Kids Book of Dinosaurs personalized book and 1-year subscriptions to National Geographic Kids magazine and National Geographic magazine.

Good luck!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The opinions expressed are our own.

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