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Read: 10+ Fresh and Engaging Magazines for Kids

As an advocate for children’s literacy and thoughtful, creative learning discovery tools, I’m constantly on the lookout for engaging new materials to add to the bookshelf. I’ve been introduced to countless wonderful children’s books this year, but have also have noticed so many beautifully designed, fun, and innovative kids magazines popping up lately. For kids who may find reading intimidating, want a break from long reads, or are simply curious about a specific niche subject, magazines provide a great alternative to full books. They can create a sense of belonging and community. And who doesn’t love the discovery of a delightful new magazine in the mailbox? 🙂 Also, from personal experience, magazines are a travel lifesaver!

Below are a few new magazines that I’ve found to be an exceptional mix of innovation, appeal, education… and just downright DELICIOUS to leaf through. I’ve also included a couple family-friendly finds for adults, as well as a few classics that may be older, but have totally maintained their quality and are just as beloved. If you have a standout favorite you don’t see on this list, be sure to share it in the comments!

Just a quick note before we dive in: none of these recommendations are affiliates or sponsored – just things I’ve run across and fallen in love with! 🙂

Our New Favorites

Anorak and dot Magazines

Anorak is recommended for kids ages 6-12. 

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Dubbing themselves the “happy magazine for kids,” Anorak’s goal is to encourage children to tap into their imagination, use their creativity to learn and give them tools to amplify their voices. With lusciously fun interactive illustrations, articles, stories & comics that entertain and stimulate, it’s easy to see why kids (and adults like me!) are immediately drawn to this magazine. Seriously, stop by their website for an eye-popping preview – their covers alone are suitable for framing!

In addition to the learning benefits, the magazine is printed on recycled paper with vegetable ink, and is intentionally filled with timeless content, intended to be kept and collected rather than tossed out. Gotta be green.

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DOT is recommend for kids ages 5 and under.

As the “younger sibling” of  Anorak, DOT embraces the same mission and goals, packaged in a way that appeals to younger readers. DOT encourages learning through play and resourcefulness in finding solutions through imagination and fun.

Print subscription and single issues are available through their online shop in the UK, but can be shipped worldwide, and often found at small, independent booksellers in the US.

Lotta Magazine

Recommended for kids ages 5-10.

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I found Lotta Magazine through Instagram (isn’t that the best!) and totally fell in love with their amazingly creative arts & craft projects (you have to see their #FamousArtistFridays!). Each issue is based around a theme — Decorating, Nature, Recycling, Animal, The Sea, When I Grow up, Fright, History, Space, Colour, Secrets, Travel, and Story — and packed with ideas for imaginative play and creation.

Lotta makes of a point of sharing projects that use basic, affordable supplies, and conveniently offers free printable templates and issue extensions on their site. Looking through the pages and projects, I couldn’t help but wish this had been around when I was a kid. There wasn’t one single craft I wouldn’t have wanted to put together, and the best part is that the making of something is just the beginning. The finished products are all things that can be played with long after the actual building has ended – creating a full, ongoing experience rather than a short-lived few minutes of toss-away entertainment.

Print subscriptions and single issues or sets can be purchased online through their shop in Australia.

Chop Chop

Recommended for kids ages 6-12. 

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Chop Chop is a fun cooking magazine for kids that shares recipes along with articles and tips on healthy habits. Created as a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach, Chop Chop encourages children and families to find the joy in cooking real food together. ChopChop is filled with nutritious, delicious, ethnically diverse, and budget-friendly recipes. It keeps the attention of young chefs by sharing fun food facts and information through games and puzzles. They maintain a positive-attitude-first stance when it comes to food – calorie counts and nutrition content information is not included in articles, but everything is reviewed and approved by medical and nutrition advisors. This hands-on cookbook alternative is a fantastic way to introduce kids to the joy of cooking and healthy living through fresh food.

Print subscriptions are available in both English and Spanish and can be purchased through their online shop.

Wild Explorer’s Magazine

Recommended for kids ages 6-12. 

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I found the Wild Explorer’s Club while doing some research for an article last year and was totally blown away by their awesome program.  Designed to inspire young explorers to get outside and investigate nature, the program offers an incredibly wide and interactive range of awesome experiences and learning opportunities, Their field guides are filled with fun  “assignments,” to help kids earn patches and awards for outdoor exploring. After following their Instagram posts, frankly I’m ready to champion an adult version, because this looks too fun – plus, I want this badge collection.

Available through their online shop.

Illustoria Magazine

Recommended for kids ages 6-12. 

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Last January, a friend sent me a copy of Illustoria with a note that simply had an enormous smiley face scrawled across the page – which basically sums up how I felt after pouring through the delicious pages, cover-to-cover. Recognized as a magazine for “creative kids & their grownups,” Illustoria celebrates making & storytelling through illustration, stories, comics and activities. It’s filled with drawing and writing prompts, coloring pages, and activities created by world-renowned illustrators, designers and artists, that help kids explore their own abilities, interests and the idea of artistic collaboration.

Beyond the beautiful graphics, the articles and stories cover important topics that encourage young readers to participate in thoughtful consideration and can initiate important discussions. The total package.

Print subscriptions and single issues are available through their online shop, and often found at small, independent booksellers in the US.

Bravery Magazine

Recommended for kids ages 4-9.

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 Bravery Magazine is a beautiful, brand new print publication for girls and boys alike, created to share inspiring stories featuring strong female role models. Each issue is dedicated to a specific brave woman (I was so excited to see Jane Goodall on the cover of Issue #1) and tells their story through fun, interactive activities and wonderfully designed & illustrated graphics. This snippet from the founders themselves spoke to so many of our own beliefs and hopes…

” Our dream for the future of Bravery Magazine is to be able to highlight many different women in a variety of fields and backgrounds so our children can see real, brave women doing real, brave things. We know that introducing strong role models to our boys and girls will empower them to do brave things. At Bravery, we strive to bring the past and present together to create a better future for our children.”

Print subscriptions and single issues are available through their online shop.

New Moon Girls Magazine

Recommended for kids ages 6-12. 

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This award-winning, ad-free magazine feels especially relevant this year, as it was created with the one main mission of celebrating girls – girls of all backgrounds, from all walks of life, of all shapes and sizes, with diverse interests, personalities and experiences. The magazine features creative, courageous, compassionate girls who have wonderfully inspiring, yet relatable stories to share. The editors do a wonderful job of challenging stereotypes, sharing diverse stories, and creating a sense of support and community. For anyone who has a kid interested in hearing more girl voices (check out this scary video to see how little exposure kids are actually getting…) this is a must-read.

Digital and print subscriptions are available through their online shop.

Teen Breathe

Recommended for kids ages 13-17. 

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Teen Breathe is a magazine for teens (generally, written more specifically for a female audience) that encourages mindful practices for a more fulfilled life. With articles on meditation, yoga exercises, healthy emotional habits, and thoughtful giving, this feels like a (literal) breath of  fresh air in the “teen girl” magazine category. I reading the YMs, Sixteens, and Sassys (ha!) of mine generation with a vague sense of inadequacy and competition. What a welcome, calming, confidence-building alternative this would have been.

Print and digital subscriptions are available through their online shop in the UK, but can be shipped worldwide.

XYZA News for Kids

Recommended for kids ages 6-12. 

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Has trying to share the news of our world with kids ever felt this difficult or overwhelming? XYZA News for Kids is a publication I hadn’t heard of until I started doing research for this post, and wow, does it ever feel relevant and important in our current world’s never-ending, story-a-minute news cycle. The mission of XYZA was to create a news experience that shares information (both good and bad) in terms kids can easily understand and relate to, providing a starting point for important conversation.

It feels like the creators of this innovative newspaper truly understand how to create content that is going to engage and excite kids. For example, their super cool initiative to involve kids through a junior reporters program, allowing kids to submit photos and articles based on sent assignments, is a genius way create a sense of ownership and interest.

Print and digital subscriptions are available through their online shop…and as a PS, if you are reading this and feel like, as an adult, you need some more balanced news yourself (the kind that doesn’t leave you wanting to set it on fire when you’ve finished it) check out this cool project from illustrator Emily Cox. It’s a fantastically pleasant supplement to the regular grind.

Military Kids Life

Recommended for kids ages 8-13.

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Military Kids Life is a magazine meant to highlight the positive points of being a kid with a parent/parents in the military. As someone with family members and close friends who’ve traveled, moved many times, and been on tours of duty, I can tell you first hand that military life can be a challenging experience for kids. Beyond the day-to-day emotional toil, I’d imagine it can often feel pretty isolating. This magazine specifically tries to frame some of the challenges kids face in a positive light, addressing the issues, but focusing on the fun.  Topics for kids of Active, Reserve, Veterans and National Guard families of ALL branches are covered, providing the perspective that there’s a big supportive community of kids out there going through the same things. Military kid reporters share stories on everything from interviews with an inspiring wounded vet, to cool things to do in military cities and ways to acclimate after a move.

Print and digital subscriptions can be purchased through their online shop.

Okido Magazine

Recommended for kids ages 3-6. 

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OKIDO magazine helps children learn through play, and is specifically designed to encourage the fun in scientific discovery. It is chock full of stories, activities and games that stimulate creativity and inspire scientific interest. They’ve created a fun series of characters to help kids identify activities, and there are pages upon pages of pull-out doodle activities and interactive assignments (as well as a pull-out cardboard game or activity in every issue). They also have a fantastic resource page full of printables that anyone can visit (even non-subscribers!) that includes fun math worksheets, memory cards, crafts and word games.

As a bonus, Okido is printed with biodegradable vegetable inks on pages of 100% post consumer waste recycled paper or FSC paper (paper from responsible sources).

Print subscriptions are available through their online shop in the UK, but can be shipped worldwide.

SMORE Magazine

Recommended for kids ages 7+.

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Conceptualized as a possible solution to achieve equal representation of women in the sciences, Smore is a magazine geared toward girls, but engaging for anyone interest in science (seriously, I could get into this). It’s goal is to inspire girls to develop or continue their interest in STEM by sharing stories of successful women in science and articles that present facts and information in a fun way.

Print subscriptions are available through their online shop.

For Parents

 

Hold the Line Magazine

Recommended for parents and adults.

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After following Hold the Line’s Publisher & Editor, Bellamy Shoffner’s work, as well as her articles and posts written throughout this last year, I was really excited to read the inaugural issue of her new endeavor, Hold the Line Magazine. In Bellamy’s own words, the magazine “aims to bridge the gap between parents who are interested in activism and those who have mastered the art of standing up for social justice.”  Here at b&b, raising the next generation of world-changers means raising kids who value inclusivity –  and providing parents with resources that will help kids develop and use their individual voices. Upon reading the introductory letter from Bellamy, I knew I had to support and share this work..

In this edition of Hold the Line, you will find personal essays about transracial adoption, exclusion in mainstream yoga classes, the value of building a dynamic community, and the fears of raising children of color. Also, in these pages, we share with you a collection of artists, photographers, changemakers, and humanitarian heroes. You’ll find camaraderie within here. Where everyday parents like you, who are passionate about starting and continuing the conversations surrounding equal rights in the United States, and around the world, are speaking out for good.”

After pouring through this first issue, I can tell you I’ve already learned a lot, found myself thinking through quite a few experiences  and issues with better-informed perspective, and already can’t wait for the next one. For a wonderful preview of what’s to come, regular relevant link-sharing, lots of opportunities to connect with Bellamy live, and get in on some important discussions, be sure to also follow Hold The Line’s Facebook page.

A digital issue-by-issue download or subscription is available in the online shop.

Lunch Lady magazine

Recommended for parents and adults.

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Lunch Lady Magazine is a wonderfully fresh, current and balanced take on parenting (and is absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS to look at!) that features recipes and crafts intended to create experiences shared as family.

Eye-catching, thoutful, cheeky, the design and writing style creates the warm, relatable feeling of a keepsake journal passed down from a super cool family member, and the stories and recipes are all top-notch!

Print subscriptions and single issues are available through their online shop in Australia, but can be shipped worldwide.

A Few Classics

Cricket Media Magazines

Recommended for ages 0-14 

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When I was a kid I could sit for hours reading the enormous collection of Cricket magazines our school library housed. After all these years, it’s still going strong and has hands-down one of the most beautifully-illustrated kids magazines I’ve ever seen. Their entire family of adward-winning kids publications (including Ladybug, Babybug, Spider and Muse) is available digitally or in print, and continues to delight young readers with creative characters, humorous stories and lovely pictures.

Print and digital subscriptions in English and Spanish are available through their online shop.

Stone Soup

Recommended for kids ages 6-12. 

A magazine comprised solely of stories, poems and illustrations by kids.

National Geographic Kids

Recommended for kids ages 6-12. 

A must for young explorers, adventurers and nature lovers.

Ranger Rick

Recommended for kids ages 6-12. 

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About Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. When not playing with ideas, designs and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a modern art curator and managing her own small design business.

One thought on “Read: 10+ Fresh and Engaging Magazines for Kids

  1. aparna nigam says:

    Wow!!!!!!!! great article
    very interesting for parents and teachers.
    Keep on writing articles like this.
    Surely gonna follow u.
    Thanks

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