• National Geographic Kids

    For the adventurer.

    Hello. I don’t know how you got here but here you are. You stumbled upon my blog. My name is Julie. My family nickname is Bug, if you’re curious where the “Bug” came from in “Bug Bytes.” And “bytes,” well – it’s a decision I regret. I don’t know what a byte is but it has something to do with computers. Bug on the computer. I’m married to Scott. There’s a lot I could say about Scott but for now, all you need to know is he’s my husband. I have a daughter, Emma. She is 11 years old and in 6th grade. It’s called middle school now, not jr.…

  • Humor,  National Geographic Kids

    Did you wipe your butt today?

    Did you wipe your butt today? It’s a serious question. And this is not TMI. This is kid speak. Asking a child if they wiped their butt will get them to laugh. That’s good because I need their attention. Yours too. So did you wipe your butt today? You don’t need to answer me. I know. Yes, Julie. Yes, I wiped my butt. Everyone wipes their butt because everyone poops. And you know what? Your mother and father are proud of you for wiping your butt. We all are. There are a handful of phrases parents say and “bend over and touch your toes” is one we can’t wait to stop. I’m rambling. What I came…

  • National Geographic Kids

    The Book of Heroes.

    Kate: What’s a hero, um. A hero-ings. Book of hero-ings? Me: Let me see that. Book of Heroines. It’s a woman hero. Wait, that doesn’t make sense. It’s someone that…let me think. It’s a brave woman. A woman you admire or look up to. Kate: Do you have one? Me: A hero or heroine? Teachers used to ask me this when I was little. Hm, I never had one. I was never into superheroes. When National Geographic Kids sends you books for your kids to review, you take a selfie. Ok, they didn’t say the selfie part. I’m sure they’re cool with it.  As a National Geographic Kids Insider, it’s my job to tell you…

  • National Geographic Kids

    Bookworms.

    I’ve always called myself a bookworm. But why? Why do we call book lovers bookworms? Maybe it has to do with teachers and an apple and a worm? Or maybe book lovers bury themselves in a book like a worm buries itself in the earth? Wrong. I searched the depths of google. “The bookworm expression stems from years ago when books were destroyed by moths, beetles, silverfish, and other insects. Books today do not have this problem. The type of glue has changed to deter an insect’s destruction. Books are also kept in better conditions, such as air-conditioned and heated homes.” Gross. And welcome to Bug Bytes. I’m not here to talk about what…

  • National Geographic Kids

    National Geographic Kids – Weird But True.

    Meet Charlie. Hey, Charlie. Oh! And Kirby, Charlie’s sister. Hey, Kirby. They are the hosts of the new National Geographic Kids TV show, Weird But True! The show is based off the National Geographic Kids books, Weird But True! (Your kids know what I’m talking about.) And the books are based off the National Geographic Kids magazine section, Weird But True! (Your kids, your kids’ teachers, and your kids’ friends all know what I’m talking about.) And now you are going to know what I’m talking about. I am a 2016-2017 ambassador for National Geographic Kids. What does that mean? I’m here to tell you fine people and your fine kids what is going on…