Magazines make great reading material for kids. Libraries often have a large selection of periodicals for every age group and reading level, and for many areas of interest. And some magazines may have issues going back years…and even decades!
Below is a list of my favorite magazines for children of all ages, organized by age beginning with magazines for the youngest children. Short descriptions about each magazine have been excerpted from the publishers’ information.
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Hello magazine for babies and toddlers delivers colorful images, age-appropriate stories, and fun activities parent and child can enjoy together. (0-2 years)
Babybug is full of brightly illustrated stories and poems that are perfect for parents and grandparents to read aloud. Babybug is safe for little ones to explore on their own. (6 months-3 years)
Zoobies is full of animal stories, photos, and puzzles for little ones! Zoobies is written to introduce infants and toddlers to the wonderful world of reading.
Humpty Dumpty is filled with stories, poems, cartoons, puzzles, games, recipes and crafts that are designed with emergent readers in mind.
High Five (from Highlights) helps you encourage your child’s development while providing opportunities for one-on-one fun together. (2-6 years)
Ladybug magazine offers enchanting stories and poems to read aloud that will spark young imaginations and develop a love of reading that will last a lifetime. (3-6 years)
Zootles encourages learning and active discovery of the animal world with amazing photos, fascinating illustrations, and charming cartoon characters. (3-6 years)
National Geographic Little Kids features captivating stories and interactive games that teach children about amazing animals, cool science, and families around the world. (3-6 years)
Each issue of Click answers kids’ questions about how the world works, and takes them on a journey of discovery about the world around them, sparking a lifelong love of learning.
Each issue of Chirp is designed for little hands and growing minds with colorful pages, stories, puzzles, silly jokes, engaging stories, and early-learning activities. (3-6 years)
Clubhouse Jr. provides faith-filled fun for young children. You’ll love the way it reinforces biblical values and helps boys and girls explore their world.
God’s Big World is a rich environment for preschoolers to explore God’s creation with appealing interactive content available in multiple formats. (3-7 years)
Rick Jr. is a nature-filled magazine with all the activities, stories, crafts, cooking recipes, and wild animals that young children love. (4-7 years)
Bring the world of Thomas & Friends to life and make learning fun by developing key skills in math, reading, science and creativity. (2-7 years)
LEGO Club is a free magazine for registered club members. No matter what kind of LEGO fan you are, there’s a version for you! (4-12 years)
The Kids’ Ark is a quarterly, full-color, interactive magazine that is full of the truth about God’s love. Kids have lots of questions, and The Kids’ Ark answers them all! (4-8 years)
Appleseeds is a social studies magazine for children who are already fascinated by history. It offers well-written, fascinating, and often unexpected exploration. (6-9 years)
Designed to spark your child’s interest in arts and science, Ask explores intriguing topics such as why animals sleep, why people love music, and what causes the tides. (6-9 years)
The pages of Spider are filled with fun stories, activities, and illustrations by famous artists. Spider keeps young readers engaged and drawn into the fun of reading! (6-9 years)
Every themed issue of ChickaDEE provides interactive stories, puzzles, animal features, and science experiments to educate and entertain readers. (6-9 years)
The pages of Jack and Jill are designed to spark your child’s curiosity in a wide range of topics through articles, games, and kid-centered activities. (7-10 years)
Each month, Storytime Magazine is packed with brilliant tales for boys and girls of all ages. Storytime gives you a quality children’s magazine that actually helps to improve literacy. (5-12 years)
Highlights delivers puzzles, science projects, jokes, and riddles to challenge young minds. Popular characters keep kids coming back year after year.
WorldKids makes learning about the world fun, while furthering a child’s understanding of the Christian faith through engaging online and print content. (6-12 years)
Simply written and beautifully illustrated, each issue of Zoobooks “captures” a different animal through photography, illustrations, diagrams, and more. (6-12 years)
National Geographic Kids is a fact-filled, fast-paced magazine filled with an award-winning combination of photos, facts, and fun. (6-12 years)
Ranger Rick is packed with facts, photos, and outdoor adventures that help kids sharpen reading skills and develop an appreciation for nature.
(7 and up)
American Girl is an appropriate, entertaining, and informative alternative to more traditional teen magazines.
(8 and up)
Clubhouse magazine is an intriguing and entertaining magazine that reinforces traditional values with hands-on activities, challenging puzzles, and exciting stories. (8-12 years)
Discovery Girls gives girls advice, encouragement, and inspiration. Plus, each issue is packed with girl-created content like quizzes, contests, fashion, and much more! (8-12 years)
Kid-submitted stories and poems make Stone Soup unique. A longtime favorite of teachers and homeschoolers, Stone Soup inspires creativity in children. (8-13 years)
SI Kids delivers the excitement, passion, and fun of sports to kids, tweens, and young teens in an action-oriented, authentic, and interactive style.
ChopChop is filled with nutritious, great-tasting, ethnically diverse, and inexpensive recipes along with features like fun food facts, games, puzzles, and interviews. (8-14 years)
Brainspace magazine delves deeply into the topics kids love: space, Earth sciences, biology, math, technology and more. (8 to 14)
With great content like news, nature, sports, history, fiction, and science, Boys’ Life seeks to entertain and inspire boys to open their eyes to the joyous world of reading. (9-12 years)
Loaded with quizzes, comics, tech news, expert interviews, inventions, and more, OWL highlights science, technology, engineering, art, and math in a fun and engaging way. (9-13 years)
Cricket magazine publishes only the highest quality fiction and classic literature, and nonfiction stories on culture, history, science, and the arts. (9-14 years)
Each issue of Dig is theme-related with a special 10- to 12-page section that focuses on an archaeological discovery or topics related to the issue’s theme. (9-14 years)
With articles, folk tales, and hands-on projects, Faces magazine takes young readers around the world for an honest and unbiased view of how children in other regions live. (9-14 years)
With stories about important American events and places, Cobblestone takes kids on a journey through history, designed to excite their imaginations and bring the past to life! (9-14 years)
Muse is perfect for readers who are interested in science, history, and the arts. Articles from award-winning authors are accompanied by high-quality illustration and photography. (9-14 years)
Make magazine publishes tested projects, skill-building tutorials, in-depth reviews and inspirational stories, accessible by all ages and skill ranges. (9-14 years)
Creative Kids is the only magazine by kids and for kids. Everything in the magazine (except for the editor’s note) is written or created by kids just like yours! (8-16 years)
WorldTeen is a print and online experience that engages young teens with the truth in a way that helps them pursue the kind of life God intends for them to live. (9-18 years)
Make magazine publishes tested projects, skill-building tutorials, in-depth reviews and inspirational stories, accessible by all ages and skill ranges. (9-18 years)
*Please note: Though all the magazines on this list are written for children, some issues may contain content that you may feel is inappropriate for your child. As always, please review all reading material before giving it to your child to read.
Are you ready to motivate your young reader? Grab one of these great magazines and let the reading begin.
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