The Click subtitle, “opening windows for young minds,” is an apt description for this science and nature magazine’s educational and fun content. Designed to appeal to a young child’s natural bent for exploration and discovery, each issue (nine per year) offers multiple approaches to a single theme: cartoon strips, multicultural short fiction and non-fiction, photographs, activities, and facts presented in short, understandable bites. One recent “Get well soon” issue included admirably clear information about how the body defends itself against illness and infection, from mucus and stomach acid to tears and nose hairs. The double-page spread that followed described how having a fever, a sore throat, an upset stomach, and other symptoms mean the body is fighting illness. A presentation of bacteria and virus basics was followed by a pictorial demonstration of thorough handwashing that could well serve as a reminder for adults. Other Click issues in 2019 took informative looks at creative solutions to reducing the impact of trash on the environment, at inventors, inventions, and how children can be inventors, too; and at music-making by humans and other living creatures using their bodies—and instruments that included a 10-foot tall metal sculpture and stalactites in a cave.
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.