I love every opportunity for the kids’ eyes to not be on a screen. That’s why I’m a fan of these creative kids magazines, as are my girls.
Kazoo has been showing up in our mailbox since its launch in 2016. Since then, they’ve won three Parents’ Choice Gold Awards and a 2019 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. The magazine’s target audiences are ages 5 to 12, and each issues challenges girls to be strong, smart, fierce, and true to themselves. Every story in Kazoo is either developed with or inspired by top women in their fields—scientists, artists, engineers, athletes, writers, chefs, and more.
Founded in 2016, Illustoria Magazine is a publication for creative kids (4 to 12 years) and their grownups to slow down and enjoy stories, art, and activities; and as a counter to our fast-paced, digital age. Illustoria celebrates visual storytelling, makers, and DIY culture through print and beyond.
It turns out the run of this magazine is older than me. Cricket is for older kids (ages 9 to 14). It offers read-aloud monologues from Cricket’s signature cast of charming bug characters and animals who provide humorous commentary while building vocabulary and literacy skills. Each issue includes fun cartoon bugs in the margins to define potentially challenging words, explain advanced concepts and draw attention to unusual facts.
A Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner, Muse is the science and arts magazine for kids that’s spot on with the facts and off the wall with the jokes. It lets readers ages 9 to 14 explore the world in a fun way with articles written by award-winning authors and accompanied by high-quality illustration and photography.
Compiled by Erin Prather Stafford