Enter the contest for your chance to win a trip to the San Diego Zoo to celebrate their 100th anniversary!

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: May 16 – 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


National Geographic Little Kids Book of Animals

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. 

Personalize this book with your child’s name, photo, and an encouraging dedication message to create a memorable keepsake. For a special surprise, check out the final pages, where your child can mark their favorite animal characteristics, then draw themselves as their favorite animal!


PUT ME IN THE STORY kindly provided a personalized copy of the Little Kids Book of Animals for me to review.  Like every National Geographic book I've ever read, the photographs are amazingly gorgeous. Each animal is briefly described in a couple of paragraphs as well as important facts listed in sidebars.  As in all Put Me in the Story books, there is a place at the front of the book for a dedication and photograph for the child.  In addition, the child's name is included in the title (see above).  I also loved the inclusion of specific animal related questions on each spread that include the child's name.  This adds a great interactive element to the book.  And at the end, there is a space for the child to draw a picture of him/herself as an animal including characteristics from the animals in the book.  The map at the end shows where each animal can be found in the world.  A wonderful, engaging book for young animal lovers, the book is worth every penny.

National Geographic Little Kids Book of Dinosaurs

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?” 

Personalized with your child’s name, photo, and special dedication message, National Geographic Little Kids Book of Dinosaurs will become a favorite read. On the final pages, your child can mark the dinosaur qualities they like best, then draw themselves as a dinosaur!


I was delighted to review a copy of Put Me in the Story's newest personalized book, National Geographic Little Kids Book of Dinosaurs.  Young readers who are fascinated by dinosaurs are bound to love this book. The book includes places for the child's name as well as a dedication from the giver.  This information is included on both the cover and the first spread of the book (where a photograph is included).  The rest of the book shares information about a variety of different kinds of dinosaurs including: Stegosaurus, Heterodontosaurus, Oviraptor, and Tyrannosaurus Rex.  Each page includes a brief description of the animal, a gorgeous illustration, and two sidebars with extra information.  I loved the inclusion of a pronunciation guide for each dinosaur.  Each spread also has a question directed to the child about the information in the book (such as, Can you think of another animal that is a fierce hunter, Tyler?).  A space at the end gives the child a space to create a picture of him/herself as a dinosaur using characteristics described in the book. A fun book that is bound to be a favorite for many years to come.


About National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids inspires young adventurers to explore the world through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events and a website, and is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core. National Geographic Kids magazine (10 issues per year) and National Geographic Little Kids magazine (six issues per year) are photo-driven publications available on newsstands or by subscription in print and on tablets. National Geographic Kids Books is the leading nonfiction publisher for kids with more than 100 titles each year, including The New York Times best-seller “Kids Almanac.”

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.

About Put Me In The Story
Put Me In The Story, the #1 personalized books site in the U.S., creates personalized versions of bestselling books and books where you star alongside your favorite characters. Our gifts capture moments that matter and memories that last. With each touching picture and special dedication message, our readers have become our most dynamic characters.

Put Me In The Story inspires a love for reading, across all ages and generations, through the experience of shared, personalized stories.


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