To encourage children to read, it is valuable to surround them with a variety of reading material, including children’s magazines. Children’s magazines expose children to diverse types of writing, from fiction and nonfiction to poems and recipes. Children’s magazines make reading exciting by sporting engaging formatting, containing subject matter of particular interest to children, and arriving in the mail with children’s names on them.
If you find a children’s magazine that is the right fit for your child, it can be the ticket that turns your child into an enthusiastic reader. See for example this article by Australian triathlete Chris McCormack about how Triathlete Magazine turned McCormack onto reading.
Here is a selection of 15 fantastic children’s magazines recommended by book experts and bloggers from around the world. This list includes magazines for children who love art, crafts, nature, reading, writing, comics, puzzles, cooking and hands-on experiments.
One lucky reader will win a set of 7 issues of Action Pack magazine! See the bottom of this post for more information about Action Pack magazine, and leave a comment for an opportunity to win.
National Geographic Little Kids — National Geographic Little Kids includes a nice variety of short articles about animals and countries around the world. Each issue also includes simple early-literacy, math and science activities. Ages 3+
Click — Each issue of Click focuses on a different topic, ranging from art to gardening to simple machines. Click does an excellent job of introducing new subjects to kids in a way that is clear and engaging. Ages 3+
Big Backyard — Big Backyard is a fantastic magazine for animal lovers. Each issue includes seasonal content, such as articles about hibernation in the winter and migration in the fall. Ages 4+
Ask — Like Click magazine, each issue of Ask focuses on a different arts or sciences topic. Recent issues have focused on bubbles and balloons, color, and forests. Ages 6+
Ranger Rick — Similar to Big Backyard, Ranger Rick features articles about animals for kids ages seven and up. My son enjoys the recurring comic about Ricky Raccoon. Ages 7+
Okido – Emma of The Book Sniffer recommends Okido — “the arts and science magazine for kids.” Okido features attractive illustrations and a variety of stories and activities about a chosen theme (e.g. London, music or dirt). Ages 2+
Ploc – Isil of Smiling Like Sunshine recommends Ploc, saying, “I love the vintage design of the magazine. It is packed full of short stories, fun games, cutting activities and inspiring pictures, and it’s advertising-free.” Ploc is a brand new magazine published by the same publisher who publishes Anorak magazine for older children. Ages 3+
Adventure Box – Melanie of Library Mice recommends Adventure Box: “I love Adventure Box because it has a great mix of stories (and introduces chapters for emerging readers), comics and non-fiction. It is also gender neutral.” Ages 6+
Anorak – Emma of The Book Sniffer also recommends Anorak. Anorak is a gorgeous magazine full of a variety of stories and articles on a theme. At Anorak’s website, you can order single issues of Anorak on themes such as sports, sea explorers or friends…or order a full subscription. Ages 6+
The Phoenix – Zoe of Playing by the Book recommends The Phoenix, an excellent choice for graphic novel fans! The Phoenix features several recurring comic strips and tips to encourage kids to create their own comics. Ages 7+
BIG Kids – Emma of My Book Corner recommends BIG Kids, a magazine for young artists. According to Emma, “BIG Kids magazine is … chock a block full of ideas, crafts and artistic inspirations. Each issue features a great plethora of art from … kids. In the run up to each issue the creators of BIG Kids put their call out — artists, big and small, are encouraged to participate by sending off their responses to the chosen topic.” Ages 5+
Alphabet Soup – Susan of The Book Chook recommends Alphabet Soup, a literary magazine for kids. Susan, who contributes a writing tips column to Alphabet Soup, says, “I love that they publish children’s own writing as well as stories, poems, articles, etc.” Ages 6+
Living Crafts - Donni of The Magic Onions recommends Living Crafts Magazine, a seasonal crafts magazine. Donni notes, “It’s not exactly a kid’s mag but my 8 year old pages through each edition with awe and we often make many of the seasonal crafts together.” Ages 8+
Action Pack – Jo of Jojoebi Designs recommends Action Pack, a downloadable e-magazine full of activities, including crafts, recipes and experiments, that kids can complete with little to no adult assistance. According to Jo, the activities in Action Pack are kid-tested and clearly explained. Ages 7+
One lucky reader will win a 7 issue set of Action Pack magazine including:
:: Issue 1: Paper + Beeswax (origami projects, beeswax and honey projects)
:: Issue 2: Seeds + Beads (beaded dragonfly, cooking and growing seeds)
:: Issue 3: Sew + Tea (learn about tea, sew a tea cosy and a play tea set)
:: Issue 4: Great Outdoors (bumper issue 80 pages of outdoor crafts, adventures and cooking)
:: Issue 5: Chalk + Cheese (learn how to make your own chalk, cheese and other crafty projects using these materials)
:: Issue 6: Zap + Zest (bumper issue around the themes of electricity and citrus)
:: Issue 7: Sticks + Stones (projects using lots of natural materials)
For a chance to win, leave a comment below by Wednesday, August 8th, 11:59 EST. One entry per person. This contest is open to readers worldwide. Action Pack is an e-magazine. The winner will receive a download link to a high quality printable pdf, which can also be viewed on a Tablet or iPad.
You may also be interested in:
- Children’s Literacy – Magazines by literacy expert Susan Stephenson of The Book Chook. An article about the value of reading children’s magazines.
- Reading Outside the Book by Zoe Toft of Playing by the Book. A series of posts with magazine reviews and recommendations.
- Jo Ebisujima of Jojoebi Designs has reviewed Anorak and Ploc, BIG Kids Magazine, and Action Pack.