Do your kids get magazine subscriptions? If not, you are missing out on two very important experiences:
1. Your child’s joy at receiving his very own mail; and
2. The free time you will have while said child is busy pouring over his new literature.
Obviously, I have not listed these experiences in order of importance.
But in all seriousness, I think that magazine subscriptions are terrific for encouraging independent literacy: It came in the mail! It has your name on it! It has variety! It must be desirable!
Not only that, magazines include text in a variety of formats. There may be comics, short stories, poems and longer in-depth articles all in the same publication. Some even include puzzles or activities to try. Often kids who don’t want to read long books will spend hours with a magazine, especially if the topic is of great interest to them.
Our two favorite magazine publishers, which have a variety of subscriptions for different age ranges:
- Anything from the Cricket family publishing house (currently reading Ask and Spider for Kiddo, Baby Bug for New Kid)
- NWF’s magazines (currently reading Ranger Rick for Kiddo and Wild Animal Baby for New Kid)
A note on prices: Some of these magazines can seem expensive. But consider that you are getting the equivalent of 8-12 books with one subscription. And don’t forget to look out for specials and encourage subscriptions as gifts from the grandparents (MUCH better than another toy, right?)… that’s what we do!
Are your children reading magazines? If so, which ones?
UPDATE: Check out our list of favorite magazines, made with the help of our Facebook followers!