As part of the Owl Kids family of publications, Chirp, directed to the youngest set (ages 3-6), is billed as “The See and Do, Laugh and Learn Magazine.” Designed for little hands, each 36-page issue is well illustrated with both drawings and photos, and contains silly jokes, engaging stories, and early-learning activities to inspire young children to make their first attempts at reading, writing, and creating. Each issue is uniquely, seasonally themed, and recent editions have focused on camping, boating, returning to school in the fall, winter activities, dinosaurs and Halloween. In each of the 10 issues per year, there are also regular features, such as the adventures of the magazine’s lovable, kind and curious yellow chick Chirp, an easy to read, illustrated fiction story, the cartoon adventures of the Vole Brothers, science and wordplay sections, a coloring page, a spread on different lands and customs, as well as kid-friendly crafts and recipes. With its cheerful and colorful design, Chirp encourages kids to be engaged with their world, and is an excellent first reader for young children.
Lahri Bond ©2019 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.