Top 10 Kids’ Magazines 2016

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2016 Best Magazines for Kids

 
Girl reading magazine under a treeMagazines are a wonderful way for children to expand on their reading skills – and their imaginations. The “best of the best” magazine publications include this year’s top choices for kids of various ages and interests.

What’s here: On this page is a list of the ten best children’s magazines for the spring and summer seasons of 2016 based on popular demand, as well has having high overall consumer ratings. Children’s magazines for various ages are included.

For shoppers: For those who might be considering a subscription for their own kids or as a gift for a child – for each of the top 10 kids’ magazines, one or more recommended resources are provided to order available subscription options online. Subscription resources are hand-picked based on low pricing as well as trusted reputation for safe and easy shopping.

What’s Here:

1. Sports Illustrated Kids
2. Highlights High Five
3. Ranger Rick
4. National Geographic Little Kids
5. American Girl
6. Highlights For Children
7. National Geographic Kids
8. Chirp
9. Discovery Girls
10. Boys’ Life

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1. Sports Illustrated Kids

Ages: 9 – 12

For 2016, first place among the top 10 magazines for kids is Sports Illustrated Kids.

Sports Illustrated Kids is loaded with heaps of fun facts and cool information about the best sports players in their respective industries.

From baseball and basketball, to hockey and cricket, this magazine is the all-encompassing, kid-friendly guide to global sports.

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Price: $39.95
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2. Highlights High Five

Ages: 4 – 8

One of my personal favorites – Highlights High Five comes in at #2 of the best kids’ magazines in 2016.

This magazine has been around for several years, skyrocketing to the top rank for one of the best kids’ publications.

There are lots-a games and educational activities, like crosswords, mazes, and riddles, but also reader-submitted stories, comics, pictures, and artworks.

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Price: $24.95
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3. Ranger Rick

Ages: 7 and up

Third place on this year’s list is occupied by Ranger Rick.

For youngsters who love the great outdoors, Ranger Rick is a monthly magazine about animals, forests, world news, and all things nature.

There are fun activities for both kids and families, like camping, as well as stories, contests, and photographs.

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Price: $15.00
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4. National Geographic Little Kids

Ages: 0 – 3 years

Another familiar “face” also makes it to the best magazines for kids this year – National Geographic Little Kids.

National Geographic Little Kids is an innovative, ads-free magazine that features lots-a great activities, all age-appropriate and tailored to kid-friendly interests.

There are matching games, riddles, and creative facts galore.

This magazine, like the original, is dedicated to nature news.

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Price: $22.95
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5. American Girl

Ages: 8 – 12

American Girl magazine comes in 5th on the “best of” list for 2016.

I looove American Girl magazine because it focuses on self-confidence, independence, hobbies, and interests.

Instead of the “hottest” celebrities, boys, or makeup advice, AG teaches girls how to care for themselves, both emotionally and physically.

Must-read for surly, sassy girlies.

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6. Highlights For Children

Ages: 6 – 12

We still subscribe to this one after years and years… Highlights For Children also takes its place among the top children’s magazines this year.

Highlights has been around for quite some time—so long, in fact, that I remember receiving these in the mail when I was a kid.

It was pure excitement for weeks until the next issue arrived.

This magazine has only gotten better with dessert recipes, hidden pictures, and reader-submitted artwork.

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7. National Geographic Kids

Ages: 6 – 14

Next up on the list – National Geographic Kids.

For animal-loving kiddos, this version of National Geographic is kid-friendly, but older youngsters (like 8-12).

There are challenging mazes, riddles, and other games, alongside jokes, fun facts, and important news on worldwide nature and animals.

Also includes at-home science projects.

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Price: $35.00
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8. Chirp

Ages: 3 – 6

Fun! Chirp magazine comes in as one of the top picks for this year.

Chirp, a new kid-friendly magazine from Canada, celebrates imagination and creativity with reader-submitted stories and artwork.

There are also interactive puzzles and mazes, as well as fun DIY crafts, at-home projects, and age-appropriate jokes.

Lovin’ the colorful, funny magazine covers.

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9. Discovery Girls

Ages: 8 and up

Discovery Girls comes in at #9 on the list.

Another confidence-boosting must-read for girlies, Discovery Girls is packed full of inspiration for artsy crafts and fun DIY projects, like bracelet-making, pottery, or photography.

There are also reader-submitted embarrassing moments, hobby encouragement, great ideas for every season, and hygiene advice.

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10. Boys’ Life

Ages: 6 – 17

The final addition to the top ten list of kids’ magazines this year is Boys’ Life.

Boys Life covers everything little lads might enjoy, like sports, video game reviews, and outdoor activities.

As with the other magazines in this list, there are reader-submitted stories and comics, as well as science project, worldwide (kid-friendly) news, and history.

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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 12/15/15.

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