“What’s a mineral?” “What’s earth’s largest habitat?” “How does dye stick to cloth?” “Does any animal eat an animal that also eats it?” With its wide-ranging explorations of subject matter, ask magazine (arts & sciences for kids) engagingly cultivates newly independent readers’ curiosity about the wider world. Like Cricket Media’s other outstanding, age-appropriate literary and science magazines, ask mixes colorful visuals (lively graphic design, cartooning, photographs, explanatory illustrations) with multi-faceted, themed content and plenty of reader participation. Letters pages publish readers’ ideas, questions, and artwork; there are hands-on activities, short “news” items about historic facts, new inventions and scientific discoveries. The 2019 “Rock” issue encompassed, in part, how the Galapagos Islands were born and how the flora and fauna arrived there and inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution; the many ways that rocks are formed, transformed, and eroded over millions of years, how the remains of living things are preserved as fossils, the identity of an ancient bacterial life form responsible for bizarre rock formations in Australia, and creatures that camouflage themselves as rocks.
Lynne Heffley ©2020 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.