A magazine of their own

Of Consuming Interest

June 23, 1999|By Susan Rapp | Susan Rapp,Village Reading Center

Getting your child a magazine subscription is an exciting way to share common interests and a love of reading. Summer is a delightful time for children to enjoy articles, short stories and poems at their leisure, and there are wonderful ad-free magazines geared to all age levels. Best of all, the anticipation of getting their own periodical in the mail heightens their enthusiasm for reading it. Here are some to consider. Check them out at book stores or libraries first.

* For budding scientists, ages 3 to 6, Your Big Backyard has brilliant photographs, games and stories that delight and teach. Ranger Rick has long been a favorite for children ages 7 to 12 who are animal lovers. A one-year subscription is $15 from the National Wildlife Fund, 800-477-5560 (Web site: www.worldwildlife.org).

* From the publishers of the beloved Cricket magazine for older children, come some glossy,beautifully illustrated literary magazines for younger readers. Babybug is a magazine for toddlers ages 6 months to 2 years. An outside cover contains suggestions for parents on how to read aloud and enjoy playful activities apropos to the stories. Ladybug magazine for ages 2 to 6 contains stories at early reading levels as well as activities, poems, songs and a game board on the back cover. Spider offers the same type of variety for ages 6 to 9. A section for parents is also included. Annual subscriptions for each are $35.95, 800-827-0227 (Web site: www.cricketmag.com).

* A companion to Ladybug is Click, which introduces children ages 3 to 7 to the arts, sciences, history and nature through stories accompanied by photographs, illustrations and diagrams. Muse, for ages 8 to 14, is written in conjunction with Smithsonian magazine. Its pages contain articles written by experts on a variety of topics about science, the arts, history and technology. Muse offers challenging questions and entertains children with articles, cartoons, photographs, puzzles and spoofs as they learn about the world around them. A one-year subscription (10 issues) for each of these is $32.97, 800-827-0227 (Web site: www.musemag.com or www. clickmag.com).

* For fun with a purpose, Highlights for Children offers stories, puzzles, activities, games and the familiar favorite "Hidden Pictures." There is a Parent Guide in each issue. A one-year subscription is $29.64, 888-876-3809.

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