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Best Educational Magazine Subscriptions for Kids and Teens

Updated on December 5, 2020

Educational magazines are a great way to supplement a child's education and broaden their knowledge of the world around them. And it's fun for kids to receive magazines in the mail. There are lots of great magazines for kids and teens and even babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Most subscriptions are in the $15 to $35 range. Kindle subscriptions are often cheaper. Like with print versions, Kindle subscriptions auto-renew until canceled.

This list of magazines is organized by topic and by recommended age ranges. Most of these magazines can be ordered from Amazon 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.

Some of the magazines listed here are no longer available as subscriptions but you may be able to find them used.

Magazine subscriptions like Chirp offer a mix of stories, facts, and crafts for kids
Magazine subscriptions like Chirp offer a mix of stories, facts, and crafts for kids

Science and Nature

  • Chirp (ages 3 to 6) - read-aloud stories, engaging illustrations, interactive puzzles, games, and crafts
  • Click (ages 3 to 7) - from the publishers of Ladybug, 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) - available at Comes with a free Teacher’s Guides and Power Vocabulary Guides for each title purchased making it a great choice for schools and homeschooling

History and Culture

  • Appleseeds - has merged with ASK Magazine
  • Calliope - merged with Dig to become Dig Into History Magazine
  • Dig Into History (ages 9 and up) - focused on archaeology. No longer available
  • Faces (ages 9 and up) - learn about inventions and ideas from other cultures through articles, folk tales, recipes, illustrations, and projects. Understand how people in other countries and cultures live. Each issue focuses on a different culture

Mixed Topics

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

  • Highlights 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 Poetry

  • 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. No longer available
  • 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

Ranger Rick magazine is the oldest children's nature magazine in print, with the first issue being published in January of 1967. Over 500,000 copies are in circulation and are printed on environmentally friendly processed paper. Named Periodical of the Year for Children in 2009, this magazine is sure to inspire your child through the adventures of Ranger Rick (a raccoon who wears a park ranger's hat) and his animal friends.

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

5 magazines your kids will love

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2013 LT Wright


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