Graduates of Bayard Canada’s Chirp magazine for preschoolers and kindergartners will find inviting features in chickadee, a breezy, age-appropriate publication geared to funny bones and inquiring minds, with short stories, themed comic strips, brainteaser puzzles, hands-on science experiments, crafts, and recipes. Respect for children is evident throughout. The September 2018 issue asked readers how they felt about getting back to school (“Are you feeling excited? Nervous? A bit of both?”). It reassured them that they weren’t alone in a “What’s It Like” feature that offered positive thoughts from real kids about going to a new school, starting a new grade, test-taking, field trips, school lunches, and more. Indeed, direct engagement is big here. A “You Asked” feature gives factual and thoughtful answers to readers’ questions that range from serious (“Why don’t clouds go into space?”) to fanciful (“What if houses were made of food?”). Each issue devotes pages to readers’ contributions of jokes and artwork, photos of chickadee projects they’ve cooked or crafted, and reviews of books and movies.
Lynne Heffley ©2019 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.