A few years ago my mother surprised my kids with subscriptions to magazines of their own. I wasn’t sure how they’d respond, and I’ll be honest: I worried that they’d only serve to add to our growing recycling pile.
It didn’t take long, though, before my children eagerly anticipated their next issues. It wasn’t just the thrill of receiving mail either— they’d each find a quiet spot in the house to look through a magazine chosen specifically for them.
Gifting your child with a magazine subscription is a great way to encourage reading, creativity, and independence. It’s also one of the best ways to support a child’s interest in a particular subject, ranging from history to science to sports and more. With so many wonderful magazines for kids available, it can be difficult to choose one.
I recently asked parents to weigh in on the subject, and many of their great suggestions are included in this round-up.
American Girl 1 of 10Parents I polled raved about American Girl. While it's issued by the makes of the American Girl dolls, it's not specifically for girls who own or play with them. The magazine aims to send girls a message: "You're great— just the way you are!" Ages 8+
To subscribe visit American Girl's website.
LEGO Club 2 of 10If your child's anything like mine, he or she is a LEGO fanatic. With two versions of the magazine depending on age, LEGO Club is full of ideas for building projects, fun animation, and tips from kids themselves! Ages 6 and under, LEGO Club Jr., Ages 6+ LEGO Club
To subscribe visit Lego Club's website.
Highlights 3 of 10Highlights is considered by many to be the classic children's publication. Best known, perhaps, for its hidden picture search, Highlights contains short stories, fill-in-the-blanks, and other activities for kids. Ages 6+
To subscribe visit Highlights' website.
Cobblestone 4 of 10If your 5th-9th grader has a passion for U.S. history (or even if you'd like them to!), consider subscribing to Cobblestone . Each issue focuses on a theme, such as immigration or civil rights, and provides historical insight in a way that kids can appreciate and understand. Ages 9-14
To subscribe visit Cobblestone's website.
Sports Illustrated Kids 5 of 10Known as the #1 sports magazine for kids, Sports Illustrated Kids has all the sports news your little sports fan will need to stay on top of the action. In addition to sports news, each issue includes a poster, sports cards and trivia. Ages 8-15
To subscribe visit Sports Illustrated Kids.
Ranger Rick 6 of 10Ranger Rick is for kids who love animals and the great outdoors. It features large, colorful animal photos and fun facts, as well as education content in each issue. It's a favorite in our house! Ages 7-12
To subscribe visit Ranger Rick.
National Geographic Kids 7 of 10Do you have a young explorer in your house? National Geographic Kids may be right up your child's alley. It's mission is "to excite kids about their world," which it achieves through child-appropriate articles, maps, contests and more. Ages 6-14.
To subscribe visit National Geographic Kids' website.
Kids Discover 8 of 10Kids Discover aims to engage children about things in the world around them. Each issue explores a theme from the world of science, history, social studies and more, and the magazine is 100% ad-free. Ages 6-12
To subscribe visit Amazon.
Family Fun 9 of 10While not specifically a children's magazine, Family Fun includes many activities and ideas that will inspire them. The magazine features crafts, recipes, projects and more, and it's sure to be a hit with both kids and those who are kids at heart!
To subscribe visit Family Fun's website.
Cricket 10 of 10Cricket is a magazine for kids who love reading and writing. According to its website, Cricket publishes age-appropriate fiction and nonfiction on "culture, history, science, and the arts." Ages 9-14
To subscribe visit Cricket's website.