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Best Educational Magazines for Kids and Teens

Updated on May 13, 2017

Educational magazines are a great way to supplement your child's education and broaden their knowledge of the world around them. There are lots of great magazines for kids and teens and even babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Most of the subscriptions are in the $15 to $35 range.

This list of magazines is organized by topic and by recommended age ranges. Most of these magazines can be ordered from amazon.com or you can subscribe directly from the magazine websites. Check your local library as well. Many libraries make magazines available for borrowing. Some libraries sell them used as well.

History and Culture

  • Appleseeds - has merged with ASK Magazine
  • Calliope - has merged with Dig Into History Magazine
  • Dig Into History (ages 9 and up) - your child’s adventure into all things archaeology
  • Faces (ages 9 and up) - learn about inventions and ideas from other cultures through articles, folk tales, recipes, illustrations, and projects

Science and Nature

  • Chirp (ages 3 to 6) - stories, puzzles, and activities
  • Click (ages 3 to 7) - covers science, art, nature, and the environment
  • Chickadee (ages 6 to 9) - science related stories, puzzles, animal features, and experiments
  • Ask (ages 7 to 10) - fun facts, informative scientific articles, and hands-on activities
  • Owl (ages 9 to 13) - science, technology, engineering, art, and math
  • Muse (ages 9 to 14) - science, technology, and the arts
  • Odyssey - has merged with Muse Magazine

Science and History

  • Kids Discover (ages 6 to 12) - each issue is 20 pages in length

Mixed Topics

These magazines usually have a mix of stories, poems, nonfiction, puzzles and activities

  • Hello (ages 0 to 2) - colorful images, read-aloud stories, poems, and simple activities
  • Highlights High Five (ages 2 to 6) - stories, puzzles and activities
  • Humpty Dumpty (ages 5 to 7) - stories and poems; fun games, puzzles, and learning activities
  • Highlights (ages 6 to 12) - stories, games, puzzles, riddles, science experiments, craft projects and activities
  • Jack and Jill (ages 7 to 12) - articles, games, and activities

Stories and Poems

  • Babybug (ages 6 months to 2) - stories, games, and activities
  • Ladybug (ages 2 to 6) - characters, activities, songs, poems, and stories
  • Turtle (ages 3 to 5) - easy-to-read stories, poems, games, puzzles, and learning activities
  • Spider (ages 6 to 9) - stories, poems, articles, and illustrations from around the world
  • Stone Soup (ages 8 to 13) - the stories in this magazine are written by kids for kids. The magazine was founded in 1973. Subscriptions are available at stonesoup.com.

Nature and Animals

  • Zootles (ages 2 to 6) - each edition has a featured animal, number, and phoneme sound. Counting, read aloud stories, poems and more!
  • National Geographic Little Kids (ages 3 to 6) - photos and short stories about how the adorable baby animals featured grow up
  • Ranger Rick Jr. (ages 4 to 7) - from the National Wildlife Federation. Learn about wild animals with fun activities and simple stories.
  • Zoobooks (ages 6 to 12) - each issue has approximately 24 pages. Packed with colorful pictures and illustrations of a theme animal, with short articles and fact sidebars
  • Ranger Rick (ages 7 to 12) - from the National Wildlife Federation. Facts, stunning photos and outdoor adventures

Educational magazines can broaden your child's knowledge of the world
Educational magazines can broaden your child's knowledge of the world

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    • Learn Things Web profile imageAUTHOR

      Learn Things Web 

      5 years ago from California

      Thanks macteacher.

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      Wendy Golden 

      5 years ago from New York

      This is a comprehensive list and a great resource. I'm going to recommend these magazines to the parents at my school. Thanks for a useful hub!

    • Learn Things Web profile imageAUTHOR

      Learn Things Web 

      5 years ago from California

      Thanks Celeste. I'll definitely look into magazines.com.

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      Celeste Wilson 

      5 years ago

      This is a great list thank you. I buy my subscriptions from Magazines.com because of the great $ deals they offer. I love how you put the age groups next to each magazine, it narrows the field for me, saving tons of time.

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