Ages: 3 - 6Publisher: Bayard Presse Subscription Price: $ 74.5 for 10 Issues


Encouraging young children to develop the reading habit early may be more challenging than it has ever been in the face of electronic distractions, but StoryBox, a visually captivating and entertaining magazine, can help with humorous and character-building fiction, non-fiction pieces about science (germs, how hair grows, how planes fly) and nature (from gorillas to cuttlefish), pictures to color, and puzzles (counting and matching games, missing letters to fill in, finding differences). Among the magazine’s regular illustrated features are the wordless “Polo,” inspiring readers to create their own stories to match the pictured, sequenced actions of a charming little cartoon dog; “The Jolly Family, who always look on the bright side of life,” no matter what the situation; and “Little Brown Bear,” who, like young readers, is learning to navigate new skills and unfamiliar situations as his world expands.

Lynne Heffley ©2019 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.

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