The zine. Sometimes this word stirs up connotations such as “non-literary,” and “disposable.” But magazines can offer so much more than that. Our Children’s Room purchases an eclectic list of magazines to meet young people’s variety of ages and interests. They are not only fun, but also enriching!
Magazines are a great medium of information because they are alive. A new issue is born each month that reflects current trends in thinking, culture and events. It is the place where words meet the world of graphic design. The display of art/photography, stylish fonts, and strategic layouts grab the reader’s attention. Magazines are topic-specific, which makes them an excellent resource for related information and professional voices.
Browse through our collection and check out up to ten magazines for two weeks at a time. Look for our magazine shelf along the aisle as you walk into the Children’s Room and remember to lift those shelves up for issues you can take home.
Let’s take a look at some of the magazines in our Children’s Room collection:
Calling all writers ages 8-13! Founded in 1973, this magazine is for kids and written by kids. Young writers submit poetry, short stories, illustrations, and book reviews. They can get published and see what their peers have written. Stone Soup empowers kids by giving them their own professional space to be creative and connected.
In this month’s issue (July/August 2014), my favorite piece is 13-year-old Lucy Hoak’s poem, “The Fairy House.” Descriptive language fills the reader’s senses as Lucy writes about a fairy house decorated by a child waiting for fairies. Her poem gives perspective on childhood wonder, loss of innocence and the ambiguity of fact versus fiction.
Did you know that Uruguay hosted the first World Cup in 1930? Isn’t it hard to imagine that the Dead Sea is ten times saltier than ocean water? Do traditional Nigerian foods such as obe ata pepper soup make your mouth water for new flavors?
If you have a traveling spirit or are interested in the way other people live, Faces: People, Places, and Cultures is an excellent magazine for you. Read about a kid your age in another country, and how their typical day is similar and different than yours. Learn phrases in a different language, marvel at photographs of world heritage sites, and understand regional conflicts deeper. This magazine is a cultural gold mine for ages 8-13 that will connect and inform on an international level.
Time for a picnic with words! Young children will be entertained with this magazine playground as they bounce from a colorful short story to a craft they can cut out. Ladybug makes reading fun and active for kids ages 3-6. Sing a song, learn a new joke, play a matching game, and see how the eye-popping art makes a tale come to life.
The latest issue (Jul/Aug 2014) tells a short story of a Cherokee mother and son traveling on animals. Readers get to try out a few Cherokee words, such as ka nu na, the word for jump. Kids can also learn to do the “dog paddle” boogie this month.
New Moon Girls
Girls just wanna have fun! Or do they? This magazine is for tween girls who want to be awesome girls: creative, opinionated, curious, and compassionate individuals. New Moon Girls invites young ladies to confidently share their voices. From peer advice columns, voted movie choice awards, to debates on societal issues, this magazine is fun, feminine, intelligent and meaningful.
The most recent issue (Jul/Aug 2014) features a community profile of a tween girl who started her own lemonade stand to support honeybees (partnering up with Whole Foods!) and an interview with an adult cartoonist who loves her career. Young girls get to take fun personality quizzes and hear what their peers have to say about the pangs of getting braces.