Kids love to get mail! Make their mail more fun, and educational! Guest librarian Heather Hageli from VAPLD shares with us the best magazines for kids.
Magazines are fantastic for all ages! They provide short bursts of entertainment and are lightweight, making them a perfect addition to your travel plans or for enjoying just around the neighborhood. Here are my favorite picks for children birth to age 18.
Best Magazines for Kids
Highlights Hello (Ages 0–2)
The perfect magazine for your baby. Built tough on thick, washable paper, it is small enough for little hands to hang on to. Every month the short stories, games and colorful pictures are centered around a different theme.
Babybug (Ages 6 months–3 years)
Babybug is another great magazine for the pre-K crowd, full of rhymes, stories and play. The magazine includes a “Guide for Caregivers” to help you ask questions and discuss what you and your child are seeing in the magazine. It won a 2017 Parent’s Choice Gold Award.
Chirp (Ages 3–6)
The “See and Do, Laugh and Learn magazine” for your preschool and kindergarteners. An import from Canada, this adorable magazine is designed to foster your child’s love of reading. It won a 2017 Parent’s Choice Gold Award.
Highlights For Children (Ages 6–12)
Once your child starts school, wow them with Highlights Magazine. This magazine abounds with puzzles, crafts, science experiments and jokes. You might remember this from your childhood, and now you can share the updated version with your child.
Editor’s Note – Highlight also has several different series of puzzle and game books that my kids love!
National Geographic Kids (Ages 6–14)
National Geographic Kids magazine strives to “teach kids about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and to make it a better place.” This magazine is for the adventurer in your life. Start exploring! It was awarded the 2017 Parent’s Choice Recommended Seal.
Ask (Ages 7–10)
The “Art & Sciences for Kids” magazine. Designed especially for children who ask “WHY?,” the magazine explores STEM topics, broad science topics such as oceanography and astronomy and does so with a focus on history and art. A great mixing pot of interest for your curious child. Winner of a 2017 Parent’s Choice Gold Award.
Boys’ Life (6–18)
Full of games, jokes, outdoor/indoor hobbies and projects – this magazine isn’t just for Scouts – it’s for any active boy in your life. The magazine is produced by the Boy Scouts of America and was awarded the 2017 Parent’s Choice Recommended Seal.
DISCOVERY GIRLS (Ages 8+)
Founded by a mom who couldn’t find a magazine for her daughter that would make her “tween years a little easier.” The mission of the magazine is “to encourage you to love all that you are, to further your independence through a belief in your own abilities, to guide you through the most difficult of times, to excite you with choices you never knew you had, to give you a voice.” Each year, the magazine hosts a summit for girls from all over the country to participate in brainstorming ideas and writing content for the coming year. Written by girls, for their peers.
Editor’s Note: We receive and love the American Girl magazine as well. It’s full of inspiring stories and craft ideas.
Here at the Vernon Area Public Library, we use the five early literacy practices — TALK, SING, READ, WRITE, PLAY — as the foundation for all of our storytimes. It’s never too early to start on these five activities to set the stage for reading readiness.
We offer storytimes beginning at birth, and all are welcome to stop by and visit — no library card required. But if you are a resident, you can sign up for your library card while you are here! Find our calendar of storytimes and other events at http://calendar.vapld.info.
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