Magazines are a great way to get kids interested in reading and it can be a great introduction to science, a way for them to tap into world news, a way to think outside the box, and a way to be inspired.
There are a lot of kid magazines out there. I’ve selected a few categories and some of the most popular, inspiring, informative, and fun kid magazines out there.
Magazines About Animals
1. National Geographic Little Kids
caters to 3 to 6 year olds, and shares stories and games about animals and science. Since it’s National Geographic you know the photography is amazing. It’s engaging and brings everything to life.
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For kids that are a little older, they can enjoy National Geographic Kids, which is published for kids 6 and older. It has all of the same great information as the younger version, with even more fact, stories, and science.
2. Ranger Rick
is published for kids ages 7 and up. It aims to help kids learn about nature and love it in the process. It gives kids facts about nature, helps them plan outdoor adventures, all while helping them to improve their reading skills. For the little ones, there’s Ranger Rick jr, which is the version of Ranger Rick for kids from 3 to 7.
Magazines About Current Events
3. Time for Kids
is an incredible way to get kids involved in what’s going on in the world around them. This is a great introduction to current events, and seeing the world from a perspective other than their own.
The magazine not only provides nonfiction reading about news from all over the world, it aso provides lessons to help students analyze and understand what they are reading. The magazine is broken down into four different grade levels; 1st grade, 2nd grade, grades 3-4 and grades 5-6.
4. Sports Illustrated for Kids
is a great way for kids to get age appropriate news and information about their favorite players around the sports world. The magazine also tells the stories of kid athletes, that may not get attention in magazines geared towards adults. There are also child reporters, jokes, player interviews, and comics.
The magazine also features inspirational stories about kids from all over the world who use sports to overcome challenges they face in their lives.
Magazines About Science
stands for “Outdoors and Wildlife” and it started out as a science and nature magazine. While it’s stayed true to it’s roots, it now also includes puzzles, games, and other activities. Children can enjoy “how to” articles, news from around the world, and science stories. It’s best suited for kids ages 3 to 6.
is an arts and science magazine geared towards kids from 9 to 14. It has a lot of fact and a lot of jokes. It’s for kids who love science, art, history, and have a sense of humor.
Muse, considers itself a “guidebook for intellectual exploration”. It doesn’t just list a bunch of facts, it asks kids to use information to discover, have adventures, and explore. This popular magazine has received multiple Parent Choice Global Awards.
7. Chirp and Chickadee
are published by the same publisher and have a similar format. Chirp is for kids ages 3 to 6, while Chickadee is written with children from 6 to 9 in mind. Both magazines feature games, puzzles, art projects, and jokes. These are also the same people who make OWL.
Chirp is perhaps most famous for its comics. “The Vole Brothers” and “Chirp and Friends”. Chickadee focuses on aiding kids in their budding independence to seek knowledge. It include science experiments, and information about insects, animals, and other science topics.
has been one of the most popular kids magazines for decades. This magazine is known for getting kids interested in reading and learning. It has fun puzzles and games, and interesting stories. There is always something cool to read, a new part of the world to explore, and there are always hands on activities for kids to do.
This magazine has been around for over 70 years and is a classic. While highlights is for kids 6 to 12, there is also “Hello” for babies 0 to 2, “High Five” for kids 2 to 6 (there’s even a English and Spanish bilingual version of this magazine).
There you have it, some of the best kids magazine out there. Check them out, and get your kids reading.