Very young children are born researchers, discovering their world through new experiences and an innate sense of inquiry. Science and nature magazine CLICK, subtitled “opening windows for young minds,” delves into one specific topic per issue. When the ocean was the topic, features ranged from a light-hearted but informative comic strip about hermit crabs and a photographic tour of unusual sea creatures to an in-depth tour of NASA’s Aquarius undersea ocean lab (where astronauts become aquanauts), and a profile of noted ocean explorer Sylvia Earle. Construction as a topic encompassed buildings, bridges, machinery and tools—and nest-building in the wild. One recent issue looked at the human body and its functions. Another encouraged children to become “backyard explorers” to observe the flora and fauna close to home. This friendly, smart publication takes the intelligence and curiosity of its target audience seriously.
Lynne Heffley ©2018 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.