Magazines for Children
A broad variety of magazines matches the interests of almost any young reader: Clavier’s Piano Explorer for young music lovers; School Mates for chess fans; Junior Baseball for little league baseball players; Disney’s Princess for young fans of the animated princesses in Disney’s films. Successful magazines can, and do, have circulations from 100 (Acorn Magazine) to 3 million (Highlights).
A selection of children’s magazines belongs in every elementary school because magazines
- offer the latest, freshest information about many subjects.
- present a variety of viewpoints on a specific topic.
- draw the attention and interest of young readers with appealing layouts and photography.
- are not imposing, thus attracting readers who hesitate to open a book.
- support and strengthen the elementary school curriculum.
Following are magazine titles selected for their quality, energy, curricular applications, and/or general appeal. Because subscription rates frequently change, as may addresses and phone numbers, we have provided the Web site address for each magazine, which will provide the most current information.
Ask (Ages 7–10). A Smithsonian magazine for younger readers, Ask is a science and discovery magazine for elementary-age children. The magazine features the best in science, history, technology, and the arts. Young readers investigate the world with inventors, artists, thinkers, and scientists of the past and present. Web site: http://www.cobblestonepub.com.
Babybug (6 Months–2 Years). “A board-book magazine designed for small hands” (cardboard pages, 6 1/4 by 7 inches with rounded edges and no staples). Babybug contains simple stories, rhymes, and colorful pictures. Web site: http://www.cricketmag.com.
Boy’s Life (Ages 7–17). Published by Boy Scouts of America, this magazine covers electronics, cartoon features, sports, hobbies and crafts, careers, history and science, and scouting projects and programs. Fiction is also included. Web site: http://www.scouting.org.
Boys’ Quest (Ages 6–12). In addition to fiction and nonfiction pieces, Boys’ Quest has many exploratory, investigative, and problem-solving pages. This publication “emphasizes wholesome, innocent, childhood interests” and is designed “to inspire boys to develop interest in reading at an early age.” Web site: http://www.boysquest.com.
Calliope (Ages 8–15). World history and archaeology are presented to young readers through fiction and nonfiction, time lines, maps, activities, and historical photographs, demonstrating that history is a continuation of events, not a series of isolated, unrelated occurrences. Web site: http://www.cobblestonepub.com.
Chickadee (Ages 6–9).Chickadee is a science and nature magazine from Canada for younger children. Illustrated with drawings and color photographs, each issue contains a short story or poem, an easy-to-read animal story, puzzles, a science experiment, and a pull-out poster. Web site: http://www.owlkids.com.Childart (6–14). Published by the International Child Art Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting child art and visual learning, ChildArt presents a broad view of the world of art. Often written from a child’s perspective, the magazine looks at art history, contemporary art and artists, and the variety of forms art may assume. Children’s artwork also appears in this publication. Web site: http://www.icaf.org.
Click (Ages 3–7). A Smithsonian magazine, Click is a science and discovery magazine for young children. Thirty-eight full-color pages are filled with exciting photographs, beautiful illustrations, and stories and articles that are both entertaining and thought provoking. Parents also get an online Parent’s Companion with suggestions for things to do and books to read. Web site: http:// www.cobblestonepub.com.
Cobblestone (Ages 8–15). American history comes alive through articles, maps, illustrations, songs, poems, puzzles, crafts, and activities. Web site: http:// www.cobblestonepub.com.
Cousteau Kids (Ages 7–15). Published by the Cousteau Society, this magazine is packed with news and adventures from Cousteau expeditions and amazing stories about the wet and wild creatures of the sea. Web site: http:// www.cousteaukids.org.
Creative Kids (Ages 8–14). Creative Kids is a forum for children’s writing. Young writers’ work about almost any subject may be accepted for publication. Web site: http://www.prufrock.com.
Cricket (Ages 9–14). This magazine publishes quality stories, poems, and nonfiction pieces often written by well-known names in the field of children’s literature. It is nicely illustrated in full color. Web site: http://www.cricketmag.com.
Dig (Ages 9–14). Dig, published with the Archaeological Institute of America, lets young people share in the thrill of archaeological discovery while learning about the cultural, scientific, and architectural traits and beliefs of different societies. Recent developments in the field of archaeology form the magazine’s core subject matter. Each issue focuses on one theme, providing a broad understanding of the topic. Colorful graphics, photos, puzzles, games, and hands-on projects enhance cognitive and critical thinking skills. Web site: http://www.cobblestonepub.com.
Faces (Ages 8–14). This magazine explores and celebrates human diversity. The editorial staff is aided by the Anthropology Department of the American Museum of Natural History in creating a magazine that examines the lifestyles, beliefs, and customs of world cultures. Web site: http://www.cobblestonepub.com.
Highlights for Children (Ages 2–12). Highlights contains fiction, nonfiction, science projects and experiments, craft projects, games, puzzles, and hidden pictures. It emphasizes “values instead of violence” and “fun with a purpose.” Web site: http://www.highlightsforchildren.com.
Hopscotch (Ages 6–12). Hopscotch is a magazine for young girls that includes articles and features, short stories, poetry, nonfiction, games, crafts, and activities. It is one of the few magazines targeted at younger girls. Web site: http://www.hopscotchmagazine.com.
Kids Discover (Ages 6–12). Each issue is themed, focusing on a fascinating subject that is sure to stimulate young curiosity. Illustrations, diagrams, and photographs illuminate each topic, such as the construction and use of skyscrapers. Web site: http://kidsdiscover.com.
Ladybug (Ages 2–6). Each issue includes songs, finger plays, poems, nursery rhymes, longer read-aloud stories illustrated by award-winning illustrators, and activities for preschool and primary grade children. Ladybug is designed to encourage a lifetime of reading and learning in youngsters. Web site: http:// www.cricketmag.com.
Muse (Ages 10+). A Smithsonian magazine for children, Muse is produced by the editors and publishers of Cricket magazine. It features articles covering the breadth and wonder of the Smithsonian’s collections and research, including topics such as the latest technology, architecture, paleontology, music, physics, theater, math, visual arts, earth sciences, space travel, ancient and modern world history, and almost everything else in the universe. Web site: http://www.cobblestonepub.com.
National Geographic Kids (Ages 8–14). Designed to encourage geographic awareness in young readers, National Geographic Kids includes full-color pictures, short articles, far-out facts, and activities. Children who subscribe become members of the National Geographic Society. Web site: http://www.nationalgeographic.com.
Nickelodeon Magazine (Ages 6–14). Nickelodeon Magazine is a humorous publication with the same irreverent tone of the Nickelodeon cable channel. It focuses on popular culture and is formatted in a busy, energetic style. Web site: http://www.nick.com.
Odyssey (Ages 10–16). With a focus on physical and natural science, this magazine contains full-length articles, star charts, spectacular photographs, activities, contests, puzzles, and interviews. Web site: http://www.cobblestonepub.com.
Owl (Ages 9–14). Owl is a beautifully illustrated nature magazine from Canada. Full-color photographs and paintings illustrate an interesting assortment of articles, stories, and experiments concerning the environment. Web site: http://www.owlkids.com.
Ranger Rick (Ages 6–12). Ranger Rick contains nonfiction, fiction, jokes and riddles, crafts and activities, plays, and poetry—all focused on nature and natural history. This well-illustrated magazine comes with membership in the Ranger Rick Nature Club. Web site: http://www.nwf.org/rangerrick.
Skipping Stones (Ages 7–16). Skipping Stones is a multicultural, multilingual magazine accepting art and original writings from people of all ages and from all corners of the globe. Issues have included photos, stories, and art by children from Russia; traditional arts and crafts of East Africa; environmental games in Spanish and English; and songs from India. Web site: http://www.skippingstones.org.
Spider (Ages 6–9). Spider includes quality stories, poems, and nonfiction pieces. It is nicely illustrated in full color. Web site: http://www.cricketmag.com.
Sports Illustrated for Kids (Ages 8–13). This magazine focuses on sports-related subjects and introduces young readers to professional and amateur sports figures, including athletes who began their careers at young ages. Departments include sports cards, legends, puzzles, activities, and “Tips from the Pros.” Web site: http://www.sikids.com.
Stone Soup (Ages 6–13). Stone Soup is a bimonthly literary magazine that publishes fiction, poetry, book reviews, and art produced by children. Web site: http://www.stonesoup.com.
Time for Kids (Big Picture Edition, Ages 3–6; News Scoop Edition, Grades 2–3; World Report Edition, Grades 4–6). Time for Kids is a news and nonfiction magazine that comes in three editions matched to age level. Features include articles, maps, charts, and graphs about current events; activities that build critical thinking skills; ideas for research projects and writing assignments; and a weekly teacher’s guide. Web site: http://www.timeforkids.com.
Your Big Backyard (Ages 3–5). This magazine presents a conservation message by focusing on animals and nature. Each issue contains a “read-to-me” story and encourages language and number skills in very young children. Web site: http://www.nwf.org/yourbigbackyard.
Zoobooks (Ages 5–14). This magazine contains photographs, artwork, and scientific facts about wildlife and often focuses on a particular animal. Web site: http://www.zoobooks.com.
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