DIG Magazine

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


Dig is so sneaky smart about disguising a history-content magazine as archeology that this review shouldn’t have to say anything more for parents of kids who are intrigued by those subjects. Archeology, after all, is unearthing the artifacts’ clues of history. So just go ahead and subscribe.

For everyone else, let’s dig a little deeper. Crammed with fascinating, in-depth stories, illustrations and photographs, each 56-page issue guides young readers on compelling accounts of civilizations long buried, often by way of engaging tales of recent, exciting archeological finds. And relevant, though not-so-archeological, pieces populate these pages as well. For instance, in a recent issue all about Brazil, content ranged from that country’s discovery and Portuguese connection and influences, to facts about colonial Amazonia and an in-depth look at the Brazilian people. But there’s more: The Amazon Rainforest; An up-close profile of the most popular character in Brazilian folklore; plus, of course, several excellent “Let’s Go Dig-GING” columns on the objects and history that lies beneath the surface of Brazil.

Other issues get shovels out to explore the Iberian Peninsula of Spain, India’s Ganges River culture, and everything you ever wanted to know about the solar eclipse—which came out about the same time as the much anticipated 2017 solar eclipse.

Add to that each issue’s related departments, word games, puzzles and hands-on projects, and Dig makes its historical and archeological content connect to right now.

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.