Ages: 6 - 9Publisher: Bayard Presse Subscription Price: $ 75 for 10 Issues


Part magazine, part chapter book, each issue of AdventureBox includes a fully-illustrated, multi-chapter story and several other sections and activities, all geared towards children aged six through nine years. The developmentally-appropriate stories are interesting, colorfully illustrated, and feature important character lessons in an easily digestible way. In Katarina and the Red Witch, Katarina must be brave and resolute when her parents are captured by bandits, but also kind, patient, and sacrificing when an old woman who needs her help delays her rescue plan. In the Magic School Trip, when the main characters are captured by an evil witch, they must work together as a team to free themselves. And in The Poisonous Game when the main character, Caleb, gets drawn into an online game and begins to spend too much time online, learning the importance of moderation.

Another feature of the AdventureBox books is NatureBox, a short article on various plants and animals; it introduces readers to key vocabulary and fun facts about each topic. One month, the article may be about apples, the next about butterflies. Nibby’s Games features story- and seasonally-themed games and activities including, but not limited to Spot-the-Difference, Connect-the-Dots, mazes, letter codes, sequencing activities, and word searches. Zak’s Jinks is a short comic story. And, the final page of each magazine is a Mini Quiz to test comprehension of the story.

Sharon Heuscher ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.