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The World Almanac for Kids 2013

Sep 07, 2012

Who are some of this year’s top “Viral Video Stars?” What are today’s “Must-Have Fashions?” “Who’s Hot Now?” These are just a few of the brand-new features you’ll find in this latest edition of America’s bestselling kids reference book, The World Almanac for Kids 2013.

Fully updated with a fresh look, The World Almanac for Kids 2013 is packed with the hottest pop culture and entertainment facts covering TV, music, movies, video games and more.


Some highlights include:

  • Who will play the title role in OZ: The Great and Powerful, which hits theaters March 2013? (James Franco)
  • Which music superstar is currently the youngest member of country’s prestigious Grand Ole Opry? (Carrie Underwood)
  • Of the world’s 10 youngest billionaires, how many are from Facebook? (Four: Dustin Moskovitz, Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin and Sean Parker)
  • Which singer boasts one of the most watched YouTube clips of all time? (Justin Bieber and his video for “Baby”)
  • What set records this year as the most-watched TV event in U.S. history? (Super Bowl XLVI; 111 million viewers watched the game and 114 million tuned in for the halftime special starring Madonna and Nicki Minaj)
  • Which network TV show took the top spot among kids 12-17? (The Voice)


Notable features in The World Almanac for Kids 2013 include:

  • Faces and Places: Full pages of vivid photographs showcase the year's most talked-about events in movies, music, sports, news, and much more.
  • Animals: This section includes brand-new features on zoos, animals at work, and preventing species extinction. Readers can also explore animals on a scientific level—from endangered species to the biggest, smallest, fastest, and even grossest creatures in the world.
  • Energy and Environment: Learn more about the energy used every day, from diesel engines and hybrid cars, to nuclear energy and the definition of “fracking.” Key issues are illuminated by features on oceans, biomes, and climate change, while the “Living Green” section shows how small, practical changes can make a big difference.
  • Fashion: Side-by-side with today’s biggest trends, a brand-new feature on fashion, “Blasts from the Past,” makes even the biggest fashionistas grateful for today’s simple jeans and T-shirts. The section also reveals what it’s really like to work in the fashion industry day-to-day and includes profiles of renowned fashion designers.
  • Games: Check out the best-selling video games of all time as well as today’s top sellers, and get a sneak preview of the latest installments of some old favorites.
  • Homework Help: From easy Internet research guides to quick tips for test preparation, The World Almanac for Kids is a go-to source that helps students get to the head of the class.
  • Money: Take a look at what’s new in U.S. and world currency, including how currency designers are outsmarting today’s counterfeiters. Also find out information about the world’s youngest billionaires and how they made their fortunes.
  • Movies and TV: A brand-new “Viral Video Stars” feature covers today’s most popular online shows and personalities. The section also features fun facts about this year's most popular movies and TV shows, plus a close-up look at what's coming up next.
  • Music and Dance: Get the inside scoop on Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, and more of 2012’s hottest acts including the latest winners of American Idol and Dancing with the Stars. Then, find out about the origins of popular dances, from ballet to tango to step-dancing.
  • Nations: The World Almanac® for Kids 2013 boasts up-to-date details about the world’s newest nation, South Sudan. Meanwhile, interesting trivia about every country makes the world feel a little smaller, alongside maps and flags of more than 190 nations!
  • Population: Learn about the changing face of the United States with brand-new information on where Americans come from, including new features on Asian and Hispanic Americans. Also, take a global look at population growth and the world’s mega-cities.
  • Sports: From Super Bowl Sunday and the Final Four to the NBA Finals and the Indy 500, get information on kids' favorite teams, pro athletes, and sports. This edition also includes expanded auto racing and soccer coverage, as well as fun facts about the Olympic Games.
  •  Technology and Computers: The World Almanac® for Kids gives great advice on the best ways to avoid cyberbullying and stay safe online. Kids can also pick up quick tips for taking advantage of cloud computing.
  • United States: New features on subjects from presidential trivia to the 2012 election complement the latest information about the 50 states, while brand-new timelines demonstrate key events in American history.

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