FACES Magazine

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


Engaging young people in a larger world perspective instilled through travel and firsthand experience of other cultures is one of the best gifts parents can give their children. And Faces magazine can be a valuable accessory, or a “first look” experience.

Designed to take young readers around the globe, learning about other people, new ideas, ancient folk tales, foods, foreign languages, festivals and celebrations, images, and lifestyles of distant cultures, Faces is promoted as “the next best thing to being there.”

One recent issue explores the “Great Rivers of the World,” overflowing with fascinating features about the Amazon in South America, the Nile in Africa, the Thames in England, the Mekong in Southeast Asia, the Ganges in India, and the Yangtze in China. Each feature covers the people, lives and issues on those rivers, along with a fact list. Filling out the issue’s 48 pages are related stories about crocodiles; hippopotamuses; a Slovenian man who swims the world’s rivers to promote peace, friendship and clean water; an illustrated “river tale” from Cameroon, among other departments. Readers are also encouraged to create hands-on 3D river project at home.

Other recent issues focus on the people, land, wildlife, celebrations and remarkable locations of Mexico; and the great festivals around the world, from Mombasa’s Carnival and the Maslenitsa Pancake Festival in northern Russia, to Washington, D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Festival and La Feria in Seville, Spain. Another issue looks exclusively at Australia the excellent photography and fine narrative that makes Faces an outstanding magazine promoting the shared human experience across different cultures and countries.

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.