Ages: 9 - 14Publisher: Cricket Media Subscription Price: $ 33.95 for 9 Issues per year

Why Cobblestone is a go-to resource for homeschoolers and others students is that this comely magazine provides high-quality, smart, objective and factual content that’s all about American history, unburdened by ideological slants and prejudices.

Published since 1980, Cobblestone is an inviting gateway for young students into history’s events and lessons. From its well-written narratives to its top-notch historic photography and telling illustrations, this glossy magazine is attractive, compelling, and meaningful. Each issue is thematic. Recent issues cover historic events, personalities and controversies relating to the life and influences of Benjamin Franklin, all about whales, work and labor, and the United States and World War I.

In 48 pages, Cobblestone’s stories are engaging and exactly what you want your history-inquiring child to contemplate. For instance, in the whale issue, features range from how 18th and 19th century whaling boat crews worked, to a historic look at the art of scrimshaw, to a primer on age-old slang originating from the sea, to the true story of the whaling ship that inspired Herman Melville’s fictional masterpiece “Moby Dick.” Practically every page shows either a whale, or a ship, or both.

Meanwhile, the work-and-labor issue spans everything from child labor to turn-of-the-century newsboys’ strikes, from champions of labor reform to U.S. labor laws. And Cobblestone takes history personally: One especially poignant story features letters from an early 19th century “mill girl” to her mother.

Cobblestone tackles heady topics with without talking down to its young readers. Students drawn to American history will embrace these magazines because they go deeply into where textbooks can’t.

All Cricket Media magazines are ad-free; while subscriptions are auto-renewed, the publisher sends reminder notices enabling subscribers to continue or cancel subscriptions at any time.

Don Oldenburg ©2018 Parents’ Choice

A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.