Ranger Rick Jr.
Ranger Rick Jr., published monthly by The National Wildlife Federation for children ages 4-7, takes a similar approach to its beloved older sibling, Ranger Rick, but simplifies the contents down to 32 pages of regular features, activities and an ever-changing cover article which focuses on a distinct animal or animal group. The magazine usually starts with a full page “What’s That?” feature, showcasing a unique trait in a specific animal, such as kangaroos having pouches, the long legs of the stilt bird or the barking noise zebras make. “That’s Wild” is a regular two-page photospread highlighting fun facts about six different critters. The cover “article” takes up the center section of the magazine and introduces large photos with easy to read captions about the traits, habitats and family life of that month’s featured animal. This section also includes an illustrated “finding” game, a maze and/or a drawing instruction page. There is always a one-page comic section featuring the bird and chipmunk “Adventures of Bonnie and Chester.” A three-page environment segment usually follows, which spotlights life in a forest, ocean, desert, savannah, or swamp, and includes a handsome pull-out poster. The “Ever Wonder?” feature provides another page of fun facts about a specific animal’s unique abilities. The magazine also regularly includes short, two-page illustrated fiction about an animal adventure, another easy to read photo article, a letter section with children’s artwork and a seasonally appropriate activity page. The magazine is beautifully illustrated, contains age-appropriate reading content, and fun facts about animals for the whole family to enjoy together.
Lahri Bond ©2019 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.