Mentor Texts, Reading

TEN Things to LOVE about Children’s Magazines

In celebration of fostering a love of reading, here at 10 things to LOVE about children’s magazines.

  1. Children’s magazines can be read in one sitting or enjoyed in bits and pieces, again and again.
  2. Children’s magazines introduce young readers to fiction, non-fiction, poetry and more, in a short, engaging format.
  3. A brand new issue arrives at your doorstep or inbox each month.  (Something my kids always looked forward to.)
  4. Children’s magazines foster good reading skills by incorporating text and image to engage young readers.
  5. Children’s magazines foster not just reading, but also writing and drawing, because most include a section where children can send in illustrations or short writing pieces. (My son had his first joke published in a children’s magazine when he was eight!)
  6. Children’s magazines can be read with your little one on your lap, all cozy and snug, or independently.
  7. Children’s magazines are a light, portable alternative to a book, when you need a quick something for those grab-n-go moments.
  8. Children’s magazines are a great “comfort” read when you and your child are sitting in the waiting room at the dentist’s or doctor’s office. (That’s where I read my first Highlights for Children when I was five or six.)
  9. Children’s magazines are wonderful for pre-readers and beginning readers because there’s so much to point to, name, predict etc. Many even include games or puzzles.
  10. They’re also wonderful mentor writing texts for older readers looking to write their own narrative fiction, poetry, how-to pieces, non-fiction reports and more.

4 thoughts on “TEN Things to LOVE about Children’s Magazines”

  1. Laura, I love this post! It brings back so many happy memories of my childhood. #11: Children’s magazine subscriptions make the perfect gifts!

    1. Thanks, Laura. And I LOVE your #11 suggestion. It reminds me that my daughter received a gift subscription to Spider from a friend on her birthday one year. I thought that was a brilliant idea for a birthday party gift. =)

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