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Here are some suggested children's magazines put together from recommended lists.  These titles are taken from lists published by:

Monroe County, Indiana, Public Library:

There is also a recommended list of online magazines at Berit's Best: Magazines .

American Girl

Designed for girls (ages 8-12) who enjoy reading the American Girl books, this Web-based version of American Girl Magazine features a number of fun activities, as well as information on each American Girl and a "Peek Into the Past" section where you can find out what has happened on your birth date.  Published bimonthly by American Girl Co., 8400 Fairway Place, Middleton, WI 53562

dig: the Archeology Magazine for Kids 

Lets young people (8- to 12-year-olds) share in the thrill of archaeological discovery while learning about the cultural, scientific, and architectural traits and beliefs of different societies. Recent developments in the field of archaeology form the magazine's core subject matter. Each issue focuses on one theme, providing a broad understanding of the topic. Colorful graphics, photos, puzzles, games, and hands-on projects enhance cognitive and critical thinking skills. Published bimonthly since 1999, by the Archaeological Institute of America, 135 William Street, New York, NY 10038.

Boys' Life

Features the cover picture and contents from the current issue, but only selected articles are available online.

Boys' Quest

Geared toward elementary-age boys, includes stories, poems, crafts and other educational activities. 1-800-358-GREAT

Calliope World History for Young People

Designed to help readers between the ages of 9-15 understand how historical events intertwine, each issue of Calliope is devoted to one theme in world history. The web site lists current and upcoming themes and links to theme-related web sites and others of interest to children and teachers. 1-800-821-0115

Filled with puzzles, games, pictures and activities of interest to children between the ages of 5 and 9, Chickadee features colorful photos and stories emphasizing funny, unusual and true information about animals and people.


A magazine for ages 3-7 from the publishers of Cricket and Smithsonian Magazine. Includes articles, stories, cartoons, activities and more to help introduce young people to the world around them.

Cobblestone American History for Kids

Geared for kids ages 8-14, each issue examines a part of America's past. The web site lists current and upcoming themes and links to theme-related web sites and others of interest to children and teachers. Published nine times a year by Cobblestone Publishing Co., 30 Grove St., Suite C, Peterborough, NH 03458-1454.


Features children's literature, poems, stories, articles, songs, crafts and jokes for children ages 8-12. Contributors are often internationally known authors and illustrators. Regular features include "Cricket League" (a story, art, or poetry contest), crossword puzzle, and letters from children to the magazine.

Highlights for Children

Issues contain poems, stories, puzzles, jokes, riddles, rebus stories, crafts, and hidden pictures. There is something for everyone ages 4-12.  1-800-603-0349


Geared toward elementary-age girls, includes stories, poems, crafts and other educational activities. 1-800-358-GREAT (4732).

Jack and Jill

Published by the Children's Better Health Institute, this monthly/bimonthly magazine is geared to children between the ages of 7 and 10. It features current event and other special interest stories, as well as "things to do" and "jokes and riddles."  1100 Waterway Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202

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From Sesame Workshop, this magazine is the next step up from Sesame Street Magazine. Geared for kids age 6-10, it is full of comic stories, true and strange facts, mathematics activities, crosswords, make your own cartoon page, and mazes.


This is a magazine from the publishers of Cricket, targeted to a younger audience (2-7). It contains numerous learning activities with a particular focus on reading and understanding. Contains poems, stories, cartoons, and activities.


A magazine for ages 8-14 from the publishers of Cricket and Smithsonian Magazine. Includes articles and activities about science, nature, poetry, music and more.

National Geographic World

Published by the National Geographic Society for kids between the ages of 8 and 14, World covers a wide variety of topics, but focuses on geography, adventure, wildlife and science issues. The web site includes links to fun facts, games and other activities, as well as the online version of the monthly feature article.  National Geographic Society, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.  800 NGS LINE (800 647 5463)

Nick Jr. Magazine

The magazine that helps "kids play to learn and parents learn to play" features stories, news and activities for parents and preschoolers to do together, a pullout section for preschoolers and tips for adults.

Nickelodean Magazine

Geared to older schoolage children (ages 8-15), the magazine features a special topic each month. Also includes cartoons, stories, activities, and news about celebrities, movies, music, sports and other aspects of kid culture.


The web site for "The premier science magazine for young adventurers!" shows the cover photo of the current issue and gives a summary of featured articles. It also includes sections on science news, science fun, a teachers guide, and links to webcams around the world! (Recommended for ages 8-14.)   1-800-821-0115

OWLkids Online

Geared for children over 8, Owl magazine aims to interest children in nature, science and the world around them. The website includes links to Chickadee Net, designed for kids between ages of 6 and 9, Wired Owl, for kids 8 and older, and CyberFamily - a place for parents to explore.

Ranger Rick

Monthly magazine for kids ages 6 and up features colorful animal photos, funny drawings, and exciting stories that inform children about nature, outdoor adventure, and helping the environment. The online version of the magazine includes web sites for homework help, activity of the month ideas, selected articles from current and past issues along with a subject index of topics covered in Ranger Rick back through the mid-1960's, articles in Spanish, and lots of other "cool stuff."  Published monthly by the National Wildlife Federation, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22184

Scientific American Explorations

Science and Technology Fun for the Family - this magazine is geared toward school-age children and their parents. Includes experiments and activities for parents and kids to try together, articles for parents, and a pullout section just for kids. The web site features many of the articles printed in the magazine as well as an online field guide to science and technology center exhibits, events, Web sites, books, films, CD-ROMs and other resources. 1-800-285-5264

Sesame Street Magazine  

Early learning concepts are featured via stories, poems, and activities with Bert, Ernie, and other Sesame Street Characters. Recommended for ages 2-6, the magazine follows the format of the popular television program, each issue is sponsored by a letter and a number.


Another magazine from the publishers of Cricket, recommended for ages 6-9. Contains stories, articles, poems, drawings, cartoons and letters all with the aim of getting children interested in reading. Published monthly by Carus Publishing Co., P.O. Box 300, Peru, IL 61354

Sports Illustrated for Kids Online

Monthly magazine for elementary age children includes interviews with sports heroes, comics, action photos and much more. The Web version mirrors the print edition while capitalizing on the magazine's interactive appeal. published 14 times a year by Time-Warner Inc., Time and Life Building, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020

Stone Soup

This international magazine is written and illustrated by children between the ages of 8 and 13. The web site includes examples of the stories, poems, artwork and book reviews that appear in sample issues, project ideas and guidelines for contributing to the magazine.  1-800-447-4569

Time Magazine for Kids

The web site for this current-events oriented monthly magazine for kids features news, games and activities, as well as sections for teachers and parents.

WOW (Wild Outdoor World)

WOW's mission is to instill tomorrow's conservationists with an appreciation for and understanding of nature and wildlife. Issued five times per year since 1999 by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wild Outdoor World, P.O. Box 6249, Missoula, MO 59807-5437.

Your Big Backyard 

Also published by the National Wildlife Federation, this monthly magazine introduces 3-6 year olds to the fascinating world of nature. It features big, colorful photos, read-to-me stories, poems, riddles, and games. The web site includes description of contents for the current and past issues, and activity and craft suggestions.


In September 2000, Zillions stopped publishing its print magazine and decided to exist as an online site only. Sponsored by Consumer Reports Online, the Zillions web site is geared to the same kids who read the magazine (ages 8 and older). Designed to teach children to make informed decisions about money matters and to become smart consumers, the interactive site includes weekly articles, stories, toy tests, product reviews and more.


Zoobooks are an all-in-one guide to the world’s animals, birds, reptiles, and insects. Each monthly issue features 24 pages of wildlife photography and information about a specific animal.  Published monthly by Wildlife Education, Ltd, 12233 Thatcher Court, Poway, CA 92064 1-800-992-5034