It’s A Little Explorer Drawing Contest!

Just in time for my animal-loving birthday boys, comes two new additions in the Put Me In The Story collection! If you have animal lovers in your family, these National Geographic Kids books are perfect!

I can’t recommend Put Me In The Story enough. I already wrote about them a while ago and I just love the idea of getting something as long-lasting as a good book and personalizing it for a special someone.

When my little niece turned one, we gifted her another Peanuts book and added a picture of her when she was born, and my boys surrounding her. It’s such a special way to make an already good gift even better.

National Geographic teamed up with Put Me In The Story with these two new personalized books and they are hosting a fantastic giveaway too!

You already know about the National Geographic Kids magazine (10 issues per year) and National Geographic Little Kids magazine (six issues per year) right? They are SO great and my kids love getting their magazine in the mail to discover new things about animals. The magazines are photo-driven publications and are actually available on newsstands or by subscription in print and on tablets.

Here is a bit about the new books:

BigBookAnimals_sampleNational Geographic Little Kids Book of Animals

Hardcover $29.99 | Paperback $19.99

Explore the rain forest, the ocean, and the icecaps with this personalized guide for your animal-lover! National Geographic Little Kids Book of Animals is a colorful introduction to some of the world’s coolest creatures. From blue morpho butterflies and red-eyed tree frogs to tigers and polar bears, this personalized guide is sure to indulge your junior explorer.

Each page features beautiful photos of the animal alongside quick facts about its size, diet, and habitat. Questions like “How fast can you run?” are woven throughout to keep your little one’s interest.

BigBookDinosaurs_sampleNational Geographic Little Kids Book of Dinosaurs

Hardcover $29.99 | Paperback $19.99

Take a trip back in time with this personalized guide through the prehistoric world! With full-color illustrations, quick facts, and pronunciation guides, National Geographic Little Kids Book of Dinosaurs has plenty of information to captivate your paleontologist-in-training.

This kid-friendly reference book includes dinosaurs of all kinds: big and small, scaled and feathered, meat-eating and plant-eating. Your kiddo will learn fun facts about each dinosaur and answer questions like, “How many plates do you see on the Stegosaurus?”


It was so easy to personalize these books for my boys and I know they will love seeing their names on the covers with a special message and picture. There is even an additional last page with a place to draw their own animal. That’s a nice way to see their drawing level at the age the book was gifted.


The San Diego Zoo has an extra special year of fun planned and we want YOU to be a part of it! With displays on Centennial Plaza, new film experiences, new shows and more, this year will be one of the most exciting at the San Diego Zoo!


Contest Open: until July 8

To Enter: Adults 18+ can fill out the form on the contest page to enter.

For EXTRA entries: Download the free coloring pages on the contest page and share a photo of your child’s drawing on their coloring page with the hashtag #ColorAndExplore on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook! You can also upload the drawing to the photo gallery on the contest page.

*Social media posts must be public for them to be counted as an extra entry.

1 GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive:

  • Family vacation to San Diego!
    • 4-days/3-nights for a family of 4! Includes flights and hotel accommodations and 4 tickets to the San Diego Zoo
  • 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 books
  • 1-year subscriptions to National Geographic Kids magazine and National Geographic magazine

Good luck to everyone!

About San Diego Zoo Global

Bringing species back from the brink of extinction is the goal of San Diego Zoo Global. As a leader in conservation, the work of San Diego Zoo Global includes on-site wildlife conservation efforts (representing both plants and animals) at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, as well as international field programs on six continents. The work of San Diego Zoo Global is made possible by the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy and is supported in part by the Foundation of San Diego Zoo Global.


I would love to take my boys there one day. For now, we are checking out their animal cams. The San Diego Zoo has a lot of incredible events planned this year. To check it out, visit their website. I can’t wait for their books to arrive. They love learning about animals in every way. I know these books will be a very special birthday present to them and one they will cherish for a very long time.


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