Ranger Rick Magazine
Ranger Rick has long been a reliable nature conservation magazine for children. Each issue discusses a variety of animals and related issues of ecology, and offers illustrated articles that range in length and complexity to appeal to different ages of children. Many of the articles are seasonally appropriate; the October issue, for example, features animals that “dress up” in disguises and plants that are frightening to look at, while the November issue features an article about animals going into hibernation. Each issue contains an outdoor wildlife viewing activity, a craft activity, and an interview with a child or a teenager who does interesting ecological work. Rick the raccoon and his friends appear in a reliably engaging monthly comic strip adventure that emphasizes an ecological theme. An interactive section with games and puzzles closes each issue.
Ranger Rick is an informative, well designed publication for children who love animals and take an interest in conservation. Most of the articles draw young readers in with photos and prominent facts about interesting animals, and then gently build in some background knowledge—for example, describing when an otherwise innocuous animal might become an invasive species in certain areas. The topics are often creative and playful—in addition to the beautifully photographed articles on penguins and turtles, there are articles on more unusual animals like tardigrades. Ranger Rick is an excellent choice for nature enthusiasts.
Naomi Lesley ©2020 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.