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The Best Children's Magazines

Updated on April 12, 2014

There's a Lot, But Not All Are Good

If you've ever had a question of what magazines your child should read, look here. There are tons of random magazines out there, but you never know what kids would actually like. I have read a number of them, and think that the following magazines are the best. I take a magazine or two for each age group, and describe them here. So, if you want to know what they are like... read on!

The first group of magazines are from Cricket family by Carus Publishing company. They produce excellent quality magazines for kids of all ages, from 1 to 14 years. They cover three different areas of interest: literature and imagination, history and culture, ideas and science.

I recommend also the Kids Discovery magazine for those who are interested in science and animals .

Babybug - The 6 Month to 3 Years Age Group

For the youngest kids, BABYBUG is a perfect start. It is one of the magazines from the Cricket publishing family. The magazine has beautiful, big and eye catching illustrations that show the world as a kind and wonderful place. There are several short stories and rhymes in every issue that kids can relate to, stories about families, friends, animals, nature and fun times. The magazine actually feels more like a book, the pages are thick and have rounded corners. My suggestion is when you are done reading to your baby, put this book aside and bring it back in several years when your kid is learning to read. The text is in big letters and the stories are simple for a beginner reader.

Ladybug - Magazine for 3 - 6 Year-Olds

LADYBUG is a great magazine for three to six year old. It contains fun and short stories that amuse little children, some stories are in larger print to read by the beginner reader, an occasional comic strip, interactive activities, small craft projects and songs to play on the piano and to sing along. As with all Cricket family magazines, LADYBUG has excellent illustrations and quality of the print.

Another magazine by Carus Publishing for 3-6 years old is CLICK, it is about science, nature and environment for those who wonder about the world around them. each issue explores one specific topic ( What is an insect? What do animals eat? Why do birds migrate?) with the help of bright illustrations, numerous photographs, fun projects, and contests. CLICK entertains little readers with amazing stories and discussions, and intrigues them with facts about our world.

Spider - Mag for 6-9 years old

Don't think about it's title, the magazine itself is super friendly and pleasant to hold. SPIDER is for little readers that like to read short stories, a bit of poetry, laugh at a comic, try a craft, stair at wonderful illustrations, and for those who in end would not like to part with SPIDER because they enjoyed so much reading it. Kids also can participate in an art contest that every issue offers.

There are other magazines worth trying for this age group:

APPLESEEDS is a magazine about adventures and exploration of a one particular topic in every issue. It will talk to a child about Ancient Egypt, about becoming a president, how to play with words, and how to play with your pets, how to build a sand castle or a skyscraper. The topics are very diverse and are presented in a kids friendly manner with lots of helpful illustrations so that children are completely taken by the story. The mag also includes some fun activities - puzzles, crafts, contests, recipes, maps, and further reading suggestions and references on the web.

For the very curious kids there is always ASK magazine. It tries to answer as many questions kids might have as possible - about the world around us, about how things works and why. ASK blends science with history and arts, providing unforgettable illustrations and cartoons, and explaining the topic to the reader.

Cricket - For 9-14 years old

For example, this is Cricket, a magazine that I know nine to fourteen year olds would love!
For example, this is Cricket, a magazine that I know nine to fourteen year olds would love!

CRICKET is a great magazine for older kids, it focuses on literature, story telling, poetry and spoken word. Every issue offers a contest either in story writing, poetry or art, the winner then, is recognized in the next issue. The stories that CRICKET publishes are written and illustrated by well respected authors, they take children to the new fairy tail adventures and at the same time, teach them right from wrong. Children read this magazine with great enthusiasm, they are mesmerized by the beautiful illustrations and story line before them. Publishers of CRICKET try to include pieces from different genres of literature - adventure, history, foreign language, myths, humor and poetry. There is a crossword puzzle in every issue as well.

Calliope - mag for 9 - 14+

an issue about Hatshepsut
an issue about Hatshepsut

CALLIOPE is a all about history magazine. It gives a detailed and in depth tour of a topic chosen for this issue. When reading the magazine you are become immersed into Ancient Aztec culture, or stroll with people of an ancient Rome, test Chinese inventions, explore how paints and colors were developed and used over the history of mankind and much more. On every page there are eye-catching illustrations, as well as fun activities, comics and cartoons throughout the magazine. An adult would also enjoy reading CALLIOPE's fascinating stories.

Other quality magazines for kids 9 to 14+ include DIG ( archeology based content), ODYSSEY (science and discovery), COBBLESTONE ( American history content).

Cicada - magazine for teens

Cicada does have quite lively covers!
Cicada does have quite lively covers!

CICADA is the only magazine in the Cricket family that is offered for teens. It focuses on literature and imagination. CICADA It is an great publication for those who love to read and who are serious about writing themselves. There are contests for the readers in every issue, cartoons, and literary discussions. CICADA features well known authors along side with young and aspiring writers.

Kids Discover - mag for 7 to 12

KIDS DISCOVER is a wonderful and very informative magazine for elementary school children. Every issue is an exploration of a singe topic. The range of the themes that KIDS DISCOVER covers is huge - from science, human body and space to history and literature. On their website they list all the issues they printed so far. The magazine is an excellent source of information when children try to explore some particular topic, the test is well written, and there are numerous illustrations and photographs on every page to grab reader's attention. The magazine also offers do-it-yourself projects and fun activities.


an overview

Overall, I think that Carus Publishing produces the best children's magazines because they has everything a child's imagination desire, contests, age appropriate articles about very interesting topics, and many beautiful pictures and photographs illustrating the test. These kind of magazines help kids to fall in love with reading and written word, help them to become inquisitive and curious about the world around us, seek answers to their questions and go beyond the information provided in the magazine, search other sources of information. Adults should also look thought the issues that kids are reading, since every story from the magazine is a great topic for discussion, in the car, at the dinner table or in the park. And we all know we wish we interact more with our kids in a meaningful way!

I'm a-polling! - poll for mags

If you've read these magazines, you might as well tell me of what you think about them.

Which one is your favorite?

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      A very good selection for kids, especially Kids Discover.

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      vividviolet 5 years ago

      @JoanieMRuppel54: Zoo Books are also good!

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      vividviolet 5 years ago

      @fugeecat lm: yes, I think Ranger Rick is.

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      vividviolet 5 years ago

      @Lee Hansen: Yeah, that is also a good magazine!

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      vividviolet 5 years ago

      @Brandi Bush: maybe I'll write a lens about that someday...

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      vividviolet 5 years ago

      @HealthfulMD: Yes, I actually do, but I was focusing on a particular company when I wrote this so I didn't write about them.

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Had a lot of these when my kids were younger. I also love Zoo Books available at most museum gift stores.

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      cyberwizzard 5 years ago

      Nice job on your first lens. Good magazine choices for my grand kids.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 6 years ago from Northern California

      Didn't know about Calliope. Do you know about New Moon Girls and Ranger Rick?

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Great children's magazine ideas.

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      TTMall 6 years ago

      Great Lens with great resources!

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      Great selection! I would add The Big kids' favorite! :)

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      Great kid's magazine choices!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Well, I am captured by the imaginative Baby Bug!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      So many magazines for kids :)) great lens ;)

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      I didn't even know about all these magazines, well done!

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      Nice selection of children's magazines. I just sent my grandkids one that's not on your list: High Five, for 2 to 5 year olds. One is 2, the other is 5, they both love the magazine.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Welcome to Squidoo.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      nice beginning. my best wishes

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Excellent work here on your first lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      fugeecat lm 6 years ago

      This is a great first lens. Is Ranger Rick magazine still around?

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Congrats on making your first lens!

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      vividviolet 6 years ago

      yeah... thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nice list of kids magazines! Sure to make a great read...

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      Terrie_Schultz 6 years ago

      These are all very nice magazines. I subscribed to Cricket and Cicada for my daughters and they enjoyed them.