7 great magazines for kids

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Receiving a package in the mail ranks pretty highly up in the “exciting daily happenings” charts for most kids. When that package contains a brightly coloured, beautifully illustrated, fun and educational magazine everyone’s day gets even better. Here are some of our family favourites:

1. Okido
The Arts & Science Magazine for Kids
Okido is the charming brainchild of multimedia designer and scientist, Dr Sophie Dauvois and illustrator Rachel Ortas, and is beautifully illustrated by contemporary artists and designers.  Each issue has a theme such as “Taste”, “Senses” and “Germs” and is full of games, things to make and loads of great stories and characters.

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Designed for children aged 3-8

Publisher: Independent

Subscriptions available.

2. Anorak Magazine
Anorak has a unique format consisting of brand new stories written and illustrated by the most exciting contemporary illustrators, a ‘good stuff’ guide, games and some fun activities. “Anorak’s main philosophy is to encourage children to tap into their imagination, use their creativity to learn and is here to amplify their voices. It has at the core of its offering a passion for words and images that challenge and stimulate.”
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Designed for children 6-12
Publisher: Independent
Subscriptions available.

3. Chirp
We have subscribed this magazines for years and it’s always a delight. Regular features include crafts, jokes, puzzles, fiction, and the comics “The Vole Brothers” and “Chirp and Friends,” which features the adventures of the magazine’s namesake, a large yellow bird.
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Designed for children 3-6
Publisher: Bayard Canada.
10 issues a year. Subscriptions available.

4. ChickaDEE
Chickadee is a Canadian children’s magazine. It was founded in 1979 as a spin-off of OWL Magazine (below) but is geared towards younger readers. Originally focused on science and nature, the magazine has gradually become a more general-purpose children’s magazine.
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Designed for children 6-9
Publisher: Bayard Canada.
10 issues a year. Subscriptions available.

5. Owl
Originally a science and nature magazine, OWL stands for “Outdoors and Wild Life.” In recent years the magazine has come to encompass a larger variety of topics. Regular features inside the magazine include weird news from around the world, how-to articles, science stories, a reader-driven advice column, and comics “The Outrageous World of Alex and Charlie” and “Max Finder Mystery.” Memorable past features include “Dr. Zed” (written by the late Canadian scientist Gordon Penrose) and comic strip “The Mighty Mites.”
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Designed for children 9-13
Publisher: Bayard Canada.
10 issues a year. Subscriptions available.

6. National Geogrpahic Kids
National Geographic Kids is a fact-filled, fast-paced magazine. With an award-winning combination of photos, facts, and fun, NG KIDS has captivated its more than one million readers for over 35 years. Articles and departments entertain and inspire readers to learn about their world with amazing information about animals, science, technology, archaeology, geography, and pop culture, plus jokes, games, activities in every issue.
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Designed for children 6-14
Publisher: National Geographic Society.
10 issues a year. Subscriptions available.

7. Cricket
Cricket is an illustrated literary magazine for children published in the United States, founded in September 1973 by Marianne Carus, whose intent was to create “The New Yorker for children.” Cricket publishes high quality fiction – fantasy, historical fiction, myths and legends, humor, adventure, contemporary fiction – and nonfiction stories for kids on culture, history, science, and the arts. Cricket’s creativity spurs readers to express themselves in new ways.
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Designed for children 9-14
Publisher: Carus Publishing Company
9 issues a year. Subscriptions available.