Best Children’s Magazines For Kids Ages 12 and Under

If Your Child Doesn’t Like to Read Books… Why Not Try Magazines?

Hi there!  Welcome back:)  I’m so glad you’re here!  If you’re in need of some other options for reading materials for your kids, you’ve come to the right place.  I would love to share with you some of the best children’s magazines for kids, ages 12 and under, that have inspired my kids to want to read more than ever!  Sometimes, kids seem to enjoy magazines much more than books, believe it or not!

Kid Reading Magazine
If your kiddo is not all that into books, try magazines!

The Challenges of Motivating Kids to Read

If you’ve visited my website before, you probably know that I am a former teacher, and now have a private tutoring business that I have owned and operated for 16 years now.

I wish I could say that all of my kids love to immerse themselves in wonderfully, inspiring books when they have free time.  However, that is simply not the case.  Many of them are happier to simply sit and play games or watch YouTube videos for countless hours a day.

Child Gaming
Many kids love to simply sit and play games for hours on their tablets.

So, I have had to be proactive in many of these cases.  If my kids don’t like to read books, I recommend some great kids magazines!

This one decision has actually stimulated many of my kids to actually want to read, and to read more than ever!  Some of my clients have even ordered subscriptions to some of these magazines.  As I like to say…”A happy kiddo makes a happy home!”

A good magazine can keep your child engaged for hours.

Kids Love to Get Their Own Mail

When I was a child, I used to love to get mail!  It didn’t matter what it was.  As long as it was addressed to me, that’s all that mattered.  I think it was because it made me feel important.  And…who doesn’t want that?

Child Opening Mail
Kids love to get any kind of mail, as long as it has their name on it.

I was blessed to have a very smart mom.  She decided early on to “ignite” in me a spark for reading by ordering a children’s magazine to be delivered to our mailbox, with my name on it, every month!  Smart thinking on her part.  I absolutely loved it!  This magazine was so inspiring with great stories, puzzles, jokes, and so much more.  And the best part?  I felt like a “miniature grown up,” reading my very own magazine:)

My Picks for the Best Children’s Magazines for Kids, Ages 12 and Under

Highlights For Children

This magazine has been popular for ages!  In fact, this is the very magazine my mom had mailed to me when I was a child.  Highlights comes in 4 different stages, geared to the age of your child: Highlights- Ages 6-12,  High Five- Ages 3-5,  Hello- Ages 0-2, and High Five Bilingue- Ages 3-5

With each issue, your child will be entertained with fascinating stories, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as fun activities they can learn about that deal with science, dinosaurs, hidden pictures, art projects, riddles, and so much more!  You can visit for more information, or simply click on the  word Highlights, and this will direct you to the store!

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National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Little Kids

National Geographic Kids is a terrific magazine for kids, ages 6+ who love animals and nature!  Each issue is packed with amazing pictures, facts, and stories of different types of amazing animals and the environments in which they live.  These magazines also contain different sections where kids can learn about really cool inventions, practice their writing and grammar, and even read comic strips!  They even have STEM kits, where children can learn about volcanoes, fossils, and so much more!

National Geographic Little Kids is mostly geared for the little ones, ages 3-6.  These issues mostly contain pictures and animal stories with larger print.  They also give kids the chance to test out their skills on things such as: finding differences, naming different kinds of fruits, identifying colors, naming body parts, and so much more.

For more information, simply go to to find out more about these wonderful magazines for the animal lover in your child.

National Geographic Kids Magazine Subscription June 1st, 2021 Issue

In addition, I am an affiliated with Discount Mags, where you can browse various children’s magazines, including National Geographic Kids, Sports Illustrated Kids, and Jack and Jill, to name a few.  They offer the same magazines as the “big” companies, at much more  inexpensive prices.  I’m all for saving money:)  If you’re interested, check them out!

Sports Illustrated Kids

These magazines are perfect for kids, ages 8+, who are geared towards sports and athletics.  Each issue is loaded with the most up to date information on professional athletes, fascinating stories that are easy to read and comprehend, sports trivia, trading cards, mini posters, and more!

Sports Illustrated Kids
Kids who are “into” sports will absolutely love these magazines, geared specifically for children.

The great part is that they are written with both girls and boys in mind.  So, whether your child is into football, soccer, baseball, hockey, or whatever sport, these are sure to make a hit with your kids!

Prices vary, depending on where you order from.

To find more information, you can visit for subscription information.

Time For Kids

Time For Kids is such a great magazine for engaging and keeping your child interested in learning new and innovative concepts.  These magazines are also geared according to your child’s age level.

Time For Kids
Time for Kids is packed with so much pertinent information relative to our everyday lives.

The K-1 magazine is geared towards the younger kiddos.  These magazines contain easy to read and comprehend information on topics such as: the life cycle of the sea turtle, engineering facts and information, animals, colorful pictures, and more.

The 2nd grade magazine has short and easy readable articles and comprehension questions to match.  There are also articles on science, engineering, and intriguing facts about space, and many other informative articles and posts that will keep your kids reading for hours.

The 3rd-4th grade magazine pertains mostly to the human body, and gives extremely helpful and informative information on how to stay healthy.  I highly recommend this periodical for all of my tutoring students who aspire to be doctors and nurses someday!

Last, but not least, the 5th-6th grade magazine is packed with scientific articles written by kids, world news, community matters, science experiments, art, and so much more.

Prices vary, depending on where you order from.

For more information, you can visit

Ranger Rick

I love these periodicals!  The Ranger Rick magazines are geared towards boys and girls, according to 3 different age groups: Ranger Rick- Ages 7-12,  Ranger Rick Jr.- Ages 4-7, and Ranger Rick Club- Ages 0-4.

These are loaded with all kinds of interesting animal facts and stories, games, jokes, riddles, crafts, cartoons, and so much more.  I have actually learned quite a bit about animals that I never even knew existed!  It’s amazing what you learn when you take the time to read!

Ranger Rick
Ranger Rick is packed with science and animal facts and information that your kids will love.

Price: You can get a one year subscription for just $24.95.

For more information, you can visit, or click Ranger Rick Kids.

American Girl

This is a very popular magazine for girls, ages 8-12.  These periodicals are filled with inspirational content, stories about girls in other cultures, crafts, recipes, advice, science experiments, and tons more.

American Girl
American Girl will make reading that much more enjoyable for the young ladies in your family!


These are definitely magazines that your daughters won’t want to put down!  With such quality content and inspiration, it will motivate your girls to read for longer periods of time.

Prices can vary, depending on where you choose to buy from.

For more information on subscription information, you can visit

Girls’ Life

Another terrific magazine that is geared with girls in mind is Girls’ Life.  This is primarily for girls, ages 8-18.

These periodicals include fashion tips, inspirational stories about friendship, decorating ideas, quizzes and contests, health, exercise tips, and much, much more.

Discovery Girls
These periodicals give pre-teen girls the much needed inspiration and encouragement they need.

These are such “good reads” for girls who are at those tween and teenage years, giving them not only inspiration, but also encouragement for the years ahead.  I wish these were around when I was a teenager!

Prices vary, depending on where you get your magazines.

For subscription information, you can visit, or click Girls’ Life.


I sincerely hope that I have given you some great ideas for reading materials for your kiddos.  It might be well worth the money and effort to invest in some great children’s magazines to help boost your child’s interest in reading, or even to take them further with their learning.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or send me an email to, and I will be more than happy to get back with you as soon as I can.  And as always…Happy Reading to You and Your Child!






8 Replies to “Best Children’s Magazines For Kids Ages 12 and Under”

  1. Josephine says:

    I didn’t even consider kid magazines for my daughter as an option until I found your site. You just gave me a great idea to help get my daughter more engaged in reading. My daughter falls into that category of children who will watch Youtube for hours on end watching other kids play games. I will never understand it. I think the magazines will help keep her attention a little longer than forcing her to read a chapter book. Thanks for this great insight!

    1. Hi Josephine:)

      I hope this does help your daughter want to read more!  There are so many kiddos that I work with who would much rather watch Youtube videos for countless hours each day, instead of doing something worthwhile.  It’s frustrating, because I know they would feel better about themselves if they would just use some of these activities for learning.  Kids will be kids, and we have to try so many different things to motivate them!  Don’t give up!  She’ll get there eventually:)

      I wish you and your daughter all the best in the upcoming school year:)



  2. Daniel Fortune says:

    Thank you for the lovely blog post, Suzi. I have struggled with getting my kids to read. I always thought they would grow up wanting and loving to read because I read them story books every night.

    Do you have any tips on how to encourage my kids to read. I believe the problem might be that they are bilingual and they are learning 2 languages at once, and they might be overwhelmed. I have a boy Jayden that is 8 and a girl Angela that is 6. Thanks for any insight you can provide.


    1. Hi Daniel:)  Thank you for sharing a little insight into your kids’ worlds!  I work with kids on a daily basis, and the most challenging thing I face is how to get many of my kids to want to read!  I work with many kiddos who speak 2 languages, and these are many of the ones who tell me that they don’t like to read.  However, I’ve found that when I keep trying different genres of books, eventually they will end up with a book they just can’t seem to put down!  

      For Jayden, you might try the Alexander books by Judith Viorst.  They are some of the most hilarious books I have ever read with my kids!  You might even try the 39 Clues.  This is a series of books that are, in essence, mysteries that revolve around 2 kids, Amy and Dan Cahill. I read the 1st book, The Maze of Bones, and didn’t want to put it down!

      For Angela, you might try some easier books like the Mr. Putter and Tabby books. These revolve around Mr. Putter, and his unforgettable cat, Tabby.  Throw in the next door neighbor, Mrs.Teaberry and her dog, Zeke, and you’ve got non-stop entertainment!  

      I sincerely hope these suggestions help!  Best wishes to you and your kiddos as they continue to travel down the pathway of learning:)



  3. Hey, I love getting my own mail too when I was a kid. I particularly love hand-written letters and stamps from overseas.

    Modern children are so lucky to get access to a variety of magazine nowadays and I think parents should take advantage of this to cultivate reading from an early age.

    Just to add to the list, my niece recently subscribe to Children’s Digest. The content is almost like an encyclopedia which is very fun and knowledgeable to read.

    1. Hi Cathy:)  Thank you so much for your insightful feedback!  I’m so glad that your niece has a subscription to Children’s Digest!  That’s an excellent magazine:)  I definitely agree with you in the fact that parents should take advantage of magazines as a way to help their kids excel at learning to read. In my opinion, it really doesn’t matter if kids read books or magazines.  As long as they’re reading something and loving it, that’s what counts!  Thank you, again, for you sweet comment:)



  4. I’m definitely not under 12 but I still read children’s magazines as they contain good information and images which help you to understand stuff easily. Kids will love magazines more than books because magazines contain much more images than books. Images is what kids are looking for. Magazines also help your child to improve their imagination skills. 

    1. Hi there!  I love children’s magazines, as well:) They have a huge amount of interesting and educational material that kids can learn from, as well as great and colorful pictures!  I’m glad that you enjoy reading them!  Best wishes to you!



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