Ranger Rick Magazine

Ages: 7 and upPublisher: National Wildlife Federation Subscription Price: $ 24.95 for Year


For decades, Ranger Rick Magazine has reliably offered nature and wildlife articles and activities for young readers. Each issue features a few articles that focus on specific animals, such as orangutans, camels, and lesser-known animals such as tree-hoppers. Seasonal articles vary with each issue; for example, the December/January issue highlights facts about how animals adapt to cold weather, and the October (Halloween) issue has a special article on how animals show fear and make themselves look scary. Articles toward the front and back of the magazine tend to be more interactive. The front matter showcases readers’ letters, photos, and animal riddles, and the back contains puzzles, word searches, and other interactive games. Ranger Rick and his animal friends also star in a running comic strip that educates readers about a different wildlife preservation problem in every issue.

Ranger Rick Magazine is a beautifully photographed and creatively informative nature magazine. The seasonal articles are thoughtfully conceived, and the comic strip manages to balance entertainment with valuable information for young readers interested in conservation. The interactive portions of the magazine are unfortunately confined to the front and the back, but they do provide a variety of opportunities for readers to participate in the magazine. Ranger Rick is also reasonably priced and contains no advertising, making it an excellent choice for families with children who are especially interested in wildlife and conservation.

Naomi Lesley ©2019 Parents’ Choice

Naomi Lesley taught middle and high school English for six years. She is currently in a doctoral program at the George Washington University, focusing on American young adult literature.

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