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I remember getting my very first magazine subscription as a tween: I got Tiger Beat in the mail and couldn’t wait for it to show up every month so I could check out the latest interviews and photo shoots with New Kids on the Block.
Those are some fun memories, but it’s not exactly how I want to introduce my kids to the world of magazines. We’ve already gotten off to a more interesting start with subscriptions to Highlights, Zootles and the great British magazine, Storytime (full review here). But today I want to highlight a suite of offerings from Cricket Media because they just won 11 different Parents’ Choice Awards for their fantastic magazines, and if you are like me (until recently) you aren’t personally familiar with them. Let’s change that right now!
BABYBUG is for the pre-reader in the family (recommended for ages 6 months – 3 years). Great images and fun reading in a baby book format. 9 issues/year.
LADYBUGis a great pick for the 3-6 range and is designed as a great introduction to the world of reading. Contents include short stories, poems and songs, great artwork and cut-out crafts, games and puzzles. 9 issues/year.
Another great pick for the 3-6 year range is the science magazine Click. Each issue is focused on a single subject and explores it in-depth through real-life photographs, cartoon art, fact-based storytelling, experiments and activities. I am particularly drawn to this magazine as a Montessori mom; I love how a topic of interest is examined in so many ways!
Spider is a great pick for the young independent reader (ages 6-9) who simply loves to read. It’s got it all: fiction, non-fiction, poetry and artwork! 9 issues/year.
We have recently been enjoying our subscription to Ask, which is also designed for the young independent reader (ages 6-9) but has more of an arts and sciences focus as opposed to literature. The title, itself, is an acronym for Arts & Sciences for Kids. It’s loaded with fantastic content (my girls really loved an article on how to speak cat, for example!). I also love that there are no ads in the magazine! 9 issues/year.
If you have a tween or young teen (9-14), then Cricket Media has a wide variety of award-winning magazines to offer based on interests. I can’t wait for my girls to get old enough for these titles!
Cobblestone is a history focused magazine, and specifically it focuses on American history. It is noted for its thoughtful take on America’s past and the ability to make history come alive! 9 issues/year.
The literary pick for the 9-14 set is Cricket, and it is noted for offering a wide range of story focuses. It has been well-loved by this age group sine the 1970s! 9 issues/year.
For the budding ancient history buffs, go for Dig. This is totally the magazine I would have devoured when I was in the 6th grade! 9 issues/year.
Now for the kid who wants to travel the world: Faces. Love that this magazine aims to help kids better understand other countries and other cultures, helping tomorrow’s world changers better understand the world and their place in it. 9 issues/year.
Muse is a great pick for a blend of arts and sciences for tweens. Check out this high praise from Parents’ Choice about this publication: “If your kids think outside of the box, and are spellbound by what most students their age go blank-eyed over, then Muse might be an important magazine in their lives. This slick, compact, exceptional, publication challenges its young readers with smart, brain-nudging stories that require serious thinking and advanced-placement perception to understand. Subject matter doesn’t matter much here because, whatever the topic, all of Muse’s features dive into the deep end. ..Cricket Media is behind today’s foremost and most far-reaching educational publications for kids. And Muse is by far its most blow-away magazine for inquisitive kids who embrace wondering about the world and look for ongoing educational challenges. To those youngsters, this magazine is gray-matter gold.” 9 issues/year
For the high school set (ages 15 and up) go for Cicada. Parents’ Choice says, “Cicada feels like The New Yorker of the teen set. It’s an intelligent quality magazine with a thirty year history, and has managed to stay familiar without ever seeming dated or stale…The content is a fine blend of astute humor (think “Shouts & Murmurs”), quirky fun and gravitas. The graphic art is superb. The writing, both fiction and non, is adept and fresh.” Sounds terrific! 6 issues/year.
If you are looking for a truly fantastic magazine subscription for your child, I hope I’ve helped you find something you can feel confident about trying out. I’d love to hear about which one (or ones) you choose for your kids in the comments!