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I have always been an avid reader, and it is nice to foster a love of reading in my kids. This past year has been tough as we have been home a lot and spending a lot of time on our computers. I have been encouraging my kids to read as much as possible, and not on the computer or other devices. We recently tried the Explorer Academy book series, which has been a welcome change.

This series is recommended for kids ages 8-12, which is a perfect time to get kids into reading. Explorer Academy is a National Geographic series that is fact-based fiction. The neat thing about the series is that the series is inspired by actual National Geographic explorers, and you can go online to learn more about the true science and adventures behind these books. Each book ends with a “Truth Behind the Fiction” section, so that readers can learn more about the real world applications behind the stories.

The adventures in the Explorer Academy series involves codebreaking challenges, complex situations, problem solving, mysteries, and more, and engages kids in things like STEM. There is plenty of educational content while also very entertaining.

Not only does this series have great educational value, but there are lots of other great messages and values in the books, like friendship, diversity, honor, different cultures, and more.

The Nebula Secret

My daughter enjoyed reading the Nebula Secret, which is about a 12-year-old named Cruz. The story starts with Cruz leaving his home to attend Explorer Academy with other kids from around the world. The book has a great sense of adventure and mystery, as we find that out Cruz has a a mysterious past.

There are some illustrations scattered throughout the book. Whether your child is a stronger reader or struggles with reading, the images add some great elements to the story.

The Nebula Secret really pulls kids in to the story, as they are drawn into the mystery, and there are challenges like codebreaking challenges. The great thing is that the stories integrate STEM learning and are inspired by true National Geographic Explorers.

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