Magazines in the Elementary Library

"A wide variety of magazines can be the perfect complement to the other reading material you make available to children and can help them become enthusiastic, capable readers and better informed people." 
The Association of Educational Publishers

Below is a list and brief description of the magazines currently available for borrowing by parents and teachers in the elementary library. (Click on the magazine name to go to its website).

Apple Seeds
By Carus Publishing Company

Younger readers' imaginations soar with APPLESEEDS as they explore the history and cultures of people and places both far away and near. In addition to well-researched articles and carefully selected photos, each issue of APPLESEEDS features puzzles, games, recipes, and the opportunity for kids to join the AppleCorps and submit their own stories.
Boys' Life
By Boy Scouts of America
For boys, especially Boy Scouts, ages 8 and up. Centres on sports, recreation and outdoor life. Each issue contains informative well written articles, a story, things to do, comics and columns on a variety of topics - books, hobbies, magic, pets, stamps, and a page of jokes. 
Chickadee
By Bayard Canada Publishing (Canada)
For children aged 4-8. Has easy to read and imaginative and entertaining stories, games, puzzles.
Cobble stone
By Carus Publishing Company
Designed to meet curriculum standards for history/social science while still being a lively and entertaining reading experience for young history buffs, COBBLESTONE® is the recognized leader in the study of American history. Each issue is thoroughly reviewed by a consulting editor who is an expert in the field and contains well-researched articles, time lines, primary sources, and maps. Original illustrations and fun activities keep COBBLESTONE accessible for pleasure reading.
Cricket
By Carus Publishing Company
This literary magazine for children aged 9-14 was first published in 1973. It publishes high quality children's literature (never before published) from internationally renowned authors and selects world class illustrators to produce accompanying artwork. The magazine also contains puzzles, craft projects and a 'Readers Recommend' section.
Faces - People, Places and Cultures
By Cobblestone Publishing (a division of Carus Publishing Company)

Faces introduces children to other cultures and ways of life. Each issue contains photographs, maps, time lines, activities, and contests about one particular country. Historical information on places in the news is particularly relevant and useful for teachers and parents. Reader contributions in the form of essays, poetry, and art are also included. Ages 9-14. Highly recommended.
Humpty Dumpty's Magazine
By Children's Better Health Institute (USA)
For children aged 4-6. This health oriented magazine is aimed at keeping children active and fit in both body and mind. Easy to read and imaginative and entertaining stories, games, puzzles and crafts are included.
Jack and Jill
By Children's Better Health Institute (USA)

For children aged 7-10, this magazine contains science, health and fitness, and active lifestyle articles for independent readers. Each issue also contains stories, poems, jokes, puzzles and easy recipes.
Kids Discover

Science, Social Studies, and Reading for Kids
National Geographic Kids (formally known as National Geographic World)
By the National Geographic Society (USA)
For children aged 8-14. This magazine aims to entertain children while educating and exciting them about their world. The magazine is interactive and covers many topics - animals, entertainment, science, technology, current events and cultures. Fantastic photographs add to the appeal of this excellent magazine.
Odyssey - Adventures in Science
By Cobblestone Publishing (a division of Carus Publishing Company)
An award winning magazine for children aged 10-16 all about science. Contains articles on all areas of science with a special section focusing on astronomy, readers questions and the latest 'science scoops'. A great magazine.
Owl
By Bayard Canada Publishing (Canada)
Owl
Ranger Rick
By the Education Department of the National Wildlife Federation
Ranger Rick is an award winning magazine for children aged 6-12. Contains stories, fantastic photos and games all related to nature and the natural sciences.
Skipping Stones - An International Multicultural Magazine
By Skipping Stones, an educational and charitable organization
This non-profit children's magazine 'encourages cooperation, creativity and celebration of cultural and environmental richness.' It provides a place for children from different countries and backgrounds to share ideas and experiences and accepts art and original writings in every language and from all ages. Each issue also contains international pen pals, book reviews, news, and a guide for parents and teachers. An excellent, educational magazine for children aged 8 and up.
Spider

SPIDER children's magazine encourages children to read on their own & practice critical thinking skills with crafts & games. Buy SPIDER magazine for children now! For Kids ages 6-9
Sports Illustrated for Kids
The Time Inc. Magazine Company
A magazine for children ages 8 and up, devoted to sports. It contains feature articles on famous sports figures, tips from the pros, recent sports news items, games, puzzles, cartoons, fiction, and advice from athletes. A big favorite at St Mary's!
Zoobooks

for kids ages 6-12

The importance and usefulness of magazines for children

The following information about the importance of magazines as a reading format for children is taken from the article
"Examining the Educational Value of Children's Magazines" by Lesley Mandel Morrow and Joy Lesnick.
The California Reader, vol 34, no. 2, Winter 2001

Why Should We Have Magazines?

Magazines are an important part of any good library. They provide current and topical information; they are entertaining, low cost, colorful, lightweight and contain condensed articles that are useful for attracting even the most reluctant reader.

The Benefits of Magazines for Children

*Magazines are often the principal source of information about the world for children. 
*They provide current, 'breaking news' stories not included in school textbooks. 
*Magazines are suitable for a wide range of abilities as they contain articles with varying levels of difficulty and length.
*They can help children improve critical thinking skills and help children make judgments and form opinions about news items. 
*They introduce to children to topical information in a wide range of genre including fiction and non fiction, puzzles, contents and photos or drawing. 
*Magazines are fun and make reading pleasurable.