Ages: 9 - 12Publisher: Bayard Presse Subscription Price: $ 75 for 10 Issues


DiscoveryBox magazine embeds its mission values-fascination, wonder and curiosity-in its lively, colorful and smart stories that span history, science, nature and the reader’s everyday world.

In a recent 50-page issue, DiscoveryBox’s cover story is “The Story of Boats and Ships.” Inside, readers find a far-reaching and wonderfully illustrated feature covering the history of boats, from the Greek trireme warships in 480 BCE to speedy modern frigates, from Chinese junks to today’s giant container ships. Another feature explores today’s biggest passenger ship, with a sidebar on history’s most famous passenger ships.

To engage readers more personally, another blow-away story arranges for boy-sailor Basil to crew on a giant trimaran that’s sailing around the world-and bring the readers along every step of the way with five pages of fine photography and first-hand sailing experience. Add to that a cartoon-illustrated story about the man who won the “single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race” in 1964, plus other features focusing on grey ocean seals and the science behind why boats float, and young readers will be well on their way to becoming boat people! Regular departments in this issue include a cartoon puzzle about fishing-boat fun, a how-to piece on caring for your guinea pig during a move, keeping safe in lightning, and lots of activities.

Other recent issues explore, with similar in-depth and eye-popping creativity, such topics as recycling (including recycling in history; what happens to recycled glass; and how to create less rubbish); the secrets of the seaside (rescuing seals; lighthouse keepers; and all about jellyfish) and Napoleon Bonaparte (who he was and what life was like in his army).

Published in the United Kingdom by the French and international media company Bayard Presse, DiscoveryBox is pricier than most kids’ magazines, in part because its mailing cost from the U.K. is included in the subscription.

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.