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Is there anything more fun than getting mail? Get kids interested in reading with a subscription to one of these magazines recommended just for kids ages 0-9. Pictures, short stories, and activities open the door for even the most reluctant readers. Magazines can be a way for kids to relax with a good story on their own time — at home, after school, or in the car. And it gives them something to look forward to in the mailbox!
Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Babybug Magazine

By: Carus Publishing
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

It's never too early to share stories with children, and what could be better than a regularly published, sturdy, handsomely illustrated magazine? Monthly issues will add variety to your home library. Tips for adults are included in each child-sized magazine, perfect for parents and caregivers of babies and toddlers.

Chickadee

By: Owlkids
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Varied topics and a lively style are sure to engage new readers. From games to activities to stories, kids are encouraged to participate and will enjoy alone or with an adult.

Click

By: Carus Publishing
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Click, a cartoon mouse, explores science and technology topics with kids. Young readers are introduced to everyday science concepts in a way that sparks their interest and curiosity.

Highlights for Children

By: Highlights for Children
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This classic children's favorite contains stories and activities that can be enjoyed independently or shared with an adult. From poetry to puzzles, from short fiction to informational stories, each carefully crafted part of the magazine is a teaching tool that reads like a comic book. Pattern recognition and reading comprehension activities are placed alongside lessons on morals and courtesy in a format that is kid-friendly and fun!

Highlights High Five

By: Highlights for Children
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The first issue of this new magazine (from the highly reputable creators of Highlights for Children) will launch in January 2007. Especially for kids 5 and under, these activities, poems and stories, are ideal for sharing with toddlers and preschool-aged children.

National Geographic Kids

By: National Geographic Society
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

It may be the amazing photography that catches your eye, but don’t forget to read the stories, too! This fresh and fast-paced magazine contains stories, games, and activities that introduce kids to wild animals and new places. Just right for the curious reader!

Spider

By: Carus Publishing
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Well known writers and illustrators of children’s books contribute to this lively and appealing magazine for newly independent readers. A variety of styles, subjects and genre are carefully selected and handsomely produced. From the creators of the highly successful Cricket Magazine, for independent readers, Spider reaches kids who are too old for Babybug but too young for Cricket.

Sports Illustrated for Kids

By: Time, Inc.
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Young sports fans can get the latest scoop in an appealing format loaded with full color, action packed photographs. Based on the magazine for adults, SI for Kids will be appreciated most by more sophisticated readers.

Wild Animal Baby

By: National Wildlife Federation
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Animals provide the connection for basic concepts from numbers to shapes, perfect for sharing with young children. Full color illustrations and simple language are used to create an opportunity for adults to share words and ideas with the very young.

Your Big Backyard

By: National Wildlife Federation
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Kids can explore the outdoors through the colorful pictures and activities of this magazine. Animal lovers will appreciate the stories and articles, and the included book suggestions provide ideas for further reading.

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