This fine literary magazine for independent readers (the next step up from Click Media’s Ladybug) never disappoints, stirring young imagination with diverse, fun and thoughtful content consisting of non-fiction, fiction, fantasy, poetry, varied illustrations, photographs, jokes, recipes, reader contributions, a fold-out game page, and apt comments from the magazine’s regular cast of cartoon characters (headed by Spider), are sprinkled throughout. Each issue is threaded throughout with unpreachy messages encouraging responsibility and empathy for others. In one recent issue, readers were offered a Nigerian folktale, the science behind the phenomenon of “animal rain” (fish and other creatures that seemingly fall from the sky out of nowhere), and a moving story about a boy’s relatable decision to risk sharing his interest in fashion design on hobby day at school, turning peers’ snickers into admiration with a strategic approach.
Lynne Heffley ©2020 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.