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Head back to school with the Old Farmer’s Almanac for kids

Summer vacation is coming to an end, and The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids is here to help kids everywhere jump back into classes. Full of fascinating facts, quirky stories, believe-it-or-not info about the world, and hands-on projects,The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids will ready young people to make school as interesting as summer vacation (or as close as it can be).

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, now out in its fourth edition and produced by the folks who publish America’s favorite annual, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, mirrors the adult version with articles related to the calendar, weather, astronomy, nature, animals, food, and health features, as well as others designed to simply tickle the funny bone!

The Almanac for Kids is packed with fun crafts and games that kids can use to make their back-to-school transition easier. Here’s an idea: Why not show up on the first day of school with a bird feeder made out of an orange rather than a boring old apple? Or perhaps a rock paperweight decorated with the teacher’s name? Kids can keep recess fun by sharing their new knowledge about disc golf and pogo sticks as well as about America’s favorite pastime, baseball!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids is already a hit, but don’t take our word for it—listen to its young readers. Naomi said, “I brought it to school once, and every 5 minutes I had some cool fact to tell my friends and my teacher!” Maria agreed:“I really like the garden and nature sections because my teacher is a big gardener and I like to share cool little facts with her.” Will brought it to school every day and observed, “It told me fun stuff. I learned so much, and I’m popular at school!” Here are some of these kids’ favorite facts to talk about at school:

· Triskaidekaphobia: the word for the fear of the number 13

· Ostriches lay the largest bird eggs. They weigh about 3 pounds and are the size of a small football!

· Use crickets to tell the temperature! Crickets chirp faster when it’s warmer and slower when it’s colder. For Fahrenheit degrees, simply count the chirps in 14 seconds and then add 37!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, a winner in five children and young adult categories of the 2011 International Book Awards, features 192 full-color pages filled with enthralling stories, fascinating facts, engaging games, and projects that will keep both kids and adults entertained and learning all year long!

Volume 4 is available throughout the United States and Canada for $9.95 at retail stores and in the children’s section of bookstores. Folks who can’t find it in stores can order individual copies at or by calling 800-ALMANAC.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which has been delighting readers since 1792, is produced by Yankee Publishing Inc. of Dublin, New Hampshire. Always “useful, with a pleasant degree of humor,” The Old Farmer’s Almanac is known for its advice relating to home, garden, and food, as well as for its 80 percent–accurate weather forecasts for the United States and Canada. The Old Farmer’s Almanac family of publications includes themed calendars for 2012, The All-Seasons Garden Guide, The Garden-Fresh Cookbook, and the just-released Everyday Baking cookbook.

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