Friday, January 22, 2010


Have a birthday coming up for a child? Consider a magazine subscription this year. Children love to get mail and a magazine subscription is a gift that will give all year long. Click on each link below to find subscription information. You can also find many of these at public libraries if you want to try them out. Some are more curriculum based and would work well for home school families.

  • American Girl
    Designed to celebrate the achievements and foster the creativity of girls ages 8-12 American Girl magazine is filled with craft projects, games, girl-to-girl advice and more! The companion web site features a variety of fun activities.
  • AppleSeeds
    Geared to children ages 7-9, each themed issue covers a social studies topic. Includes articles, interviews, photographs and activities.
  • Ask : Arts and Sciences for Kids
    Features puzzles, riddles, cartoons, articles and more inviting readers ages 6-9 to explore the world's greatest artists, inventors and other thinkers.
  • Babybug
    Designed for children 6 months to 2 years old, this boardbook magazine contains colorful pictures, short stories and rhymes to engage listeners and encourage children to try reading.
  • Boys' Life
    Features the cover picture and contents from the current issue, but only selected articles are available online. Includes a section where you can download the plans for making various projects, such as stilts or a telegraph. This is the official Boy Scouts of America magazine
  • Boys' Quest
    Geared toward elementary-age boys, includes stories, poems, crafts and other educational activities.
  • Calliope World History for Young People
    Designed to help readers between the ages of 9-15 understand how historical events intertwine, each issue of Calliope is devoted to one theme in world history. The web site lists current and upcoming themes and links to theme-related web sites and others of interest to children and teachers.
  • Chickadee
    Filled with puzzles, games, pictures and activities of interest to children between the ages of 5 and 9, Chickadee features colorful photos and stories emphasizing funny, unusual and true information about animals and people.
  • Chirp
    Subtitled "The See and Do, Laugh and Learn Magazine," Chirp is recommended for children ages 6-9. Features short stories, jokes, puzzles and other games. The web site also features activities for young children.
  • Click
    A magazine for ages 3-7 from the publishers of Cricket and Smithsonian Magazine. Includes articles, stories, cartoons, activities and more to help introduce young people to the world around them.
  • Cobblestone American History for Kids
    Geared for kids ages 8-14, each issue examines a part of America's past. The web site lists current and upcoming themes and links to theme-related web sites and others of interest to children and teachers.
  • Creative Kids : The National Voice for Kids
    Includes stories, games, opinions, poetry, drawings and more written by kids for kids between the ages of 8 and 14. Published by Prufrock Press, which supports the education of gifted children, this magazine aims to stimulate and encourage the creativity of readers and invites kids to submit their creative work. Visit the website for guidelines.
  • Cricket
    Features children's literature, poems, stories, articles, songs, crafts and jokes for children ages 8-12. Contributors are often internationally known authors and illustrators. Regular features include "Cricket League" (a story, art, or poetry contest), crossword puzzle, and letters from children to the magazine.
  • Dig
    A Cobblestone publication produces in cooperation with the Archaeological Institute of America, Dig brings the excitement of archaeology and other earth sciences to readers, ages 9-14. Each issue focuses on a theme and contains information and activities, colorful graphics and photos to promote a broad understanding of the featured topic.
  • Discovery Girls
    Created by girls for girls, ages 8-12. Includes articles on a variety of hot topics, from fashion to technology. Every other month, the magazine editors travel to a different part of the country to involve a new 12-girl panel in the creation of the magazine. Visit the magazine's website to find out how to apply to be a "Discovery Girl."
  • Faces : Peoples, Places and Cultures
    Geared for children ages 9-14, this magazine provides historical information about places in the news, colorful photos, maps and activities to help young people increase their knowledge of world cultures.
  • FootSteps: African American History
    Designed to help young people discover more about African American History. Includes informational articles and interviews, historical photos and artwork, maps and activities.
  • Girls' Life Magazine
    Geared to girls 10 to 15, this magazine (six issues a year) is packed with advice on friends, family, school, crushes, fashion and beauty. More of the same is available on their website.
  • Highlights for Children
    Issues contain poems, stories, puzzles, jokes, riddles, rebus stories, crafts, and hidden pictures. There is something for everyone ages 4-12.
  • Hopscotch
    Geared toward elementary-age girls, includes stories, poems, crafts and other educational activities.
  • Jack and Jill
    Published by the Children's Better Health Institute, this monthly/bimonthly magazine is geared to children between the ages of 7 and 10. It features current event and other special interest stories, as well as "things to do" and "jokes and riddles."
  • Kids Discover
    This full-color, monthly magazine covers nature, science and geography topics for children ages 6 and older. Each issue is devoted to a specific subject. Magazines are shelved by subject area in the nonfiction collection.
  • Ladybug
    This is a magazine from the publishers of Cricket, targeted to a younger audience (2-7). It contains numerous learning activities with a particular focus on reading and understanding. Contains poems, stories, cartoons, and activities.
  • Muse
    A magazine for ages 9-14 from the publishers of Cricket and Smithsonian Magazine. Includes articles and activities about science, nature, poetry, music and more.
  • National Geographic Kids
    Published by the National Geographic Society for kids between the ages of 8 and 14, Kids covers a wide variety of topics, but focuses on geography, adventure, wildlife and science issues. The web site includes links to stories, fun facts, games and other activities.
  • New Moon
    New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams is an international magazine designed "for every girl who wants her voice heard and her dreams taken seriously." Featuring girl editors, ages 8-14, and girl contributors from around the world, the magazine includes stories, poems, artwork, personal profiles and a variety of informational articles.
  • Nick Jr. Magazine
    The magazine that helps "kids play to learn and parents learn to play" features stories, news and activities for parents and preschoolers to do together, a pullout section for preschoolers and tips for adults.
  • Nick Magazine
    Geared to older schoolage children (ages 8-15), the magazine features a special topic each month. Also includes cartoons, stories, activities, and news about celebrities, movies, music, sports and other aspects of kid culture.
  • Plays
    The Drama Magazine for Young People, this monthly publication (October thru May) includes in each issue 8-10 plays for elementary, middle and high-school aged students.
  • Ranger Rick
    Monthly magazine for kids ages 7 and up features colorful animal photos, funny drawings, and exciting stories that inform children about nature, outdoor adventure, and helping the environment. The online version of the magazine includes web sites for homework help, monthly activities, games, sections for parents and teachers and a sneak preview of the current issue.
  • Sesame Street Magazine
    Early learning concepts are featured via stories, poems, and activities with Bert, Ernie, and other Sesame Street Characters. Recommended for ages 2-6, the magazine is published monthly as a supplement to Parenting Magazine. The website connects to Sesame Workshop pages for parents and kids.
  • Skipping Stones : An International Multicultural Magazine
    A nonprofit children's magazine, Skipping Stones provides a playful forum for sharing ideas and experiences among children from different lands and backgrounds. The magazine accepts art and original writings in every language and from all ages. Non-English writings are accompanied by English translations. Each issue (5 during a school-year), also contains international pen pals, book reviews, news, and a guide for parents and teachers. More information and a sample issue is available on the magazine's website.
  • Spider
    Another magazine from the publishers of Cricket, recommended for ages 6-9. Contains stories, articles, poems, drawings, cartoons and letters all with the aim of getting children interested in reading.
  • Sports Illustrated for Kids Online
    Monthly magazine for elementary age children includes interviews with sports heroes, comics, action photos and much more. The Web version mirrors the print edition while capitalizing on the magazine's interactive appeal.
  • Stone Soup
    This international magazine is written and illustrated by children between the ages of 8 and 13. The web site includes examples of the stories, poems, artwork and book reviews that appear in sample issues, project ideas and guidelines for contributing to the magazine.
  • U.S. Kids
    Published eight times a year by the Children's Better Health Institute, U.S. Kids is a magazine about kids ages 6-10. Readers will find stories about the achievements of kids their own age, puzzles, games, and opportunities to contribute to the magazine, as well. The web site for the magazine also features activities for kids.
  • Wild Animal Baby
    A publication of the National Wildlife Federation, the magazine includes stories, fingerplays and big colorful photographs and drawings of wild animals for children between the ages of 1 and 3. The website offers more games and activities for young children.
  • Your Big Backyard
    Also published by the National Wildlife Federation, this monthly magazine introduces 3-7 year olds to the fascinating world of nature. It features big, colorful photos, read-to-me stories, poems, riddles, and games.
Thanks for Monroe County Public Library of Indiana for putting together this list. It is the most comprehensive one I have seen.

We have tried and like National Geographic Kids and Your Big Backyard.

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