The very best magazines for teenagers so as to add to your classroom library

Print magazines will always be a great addition to the classroom and home. Nothing beats something new waiting in your mailbox to share with kids. Plus, it’s easy to save and save older issues to add to your classroom library and use articles as short text in your reading and writing lessons. Here are 24 teacher-recognized best magazines for kids of all ages from old favorites to new gems.

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This is our number one pick for the best magazines for pre-K and kindergarten kids. It has fun recurring features that they can access independently (hooray for hidden pictures!), Short stories and poems that are great for reading together or writing mentor texts, and great guides for projects and recipes.

Every page of Ladybug is beautiful, colorful, and a joy to read. Each issue is filled with charming characters, activities, songs, poems, and stories.

This is our favorite science and social studies magazine for early childhood children. National Geographic’s signature photos captivate children, and the content is great for quick, engaging reads or for kids to browse on their own.

Humpty Dumpty has stories, poems, cartoons, puzzles, games, recipes, and crafts in mind for an aspiring reader.

Ranger Rick Jr. has fun activities, simple stories, and wild animals that the little ones love. Ranger Rick Jr. brings preschoolers closer to nature and ready to read. Kids will enjoy the seasonal crafts, easy cooking recipes, fun games, and more.

6. Click, 3-7 years old

Click opens a universe full of wonders. This magazine is about science, nature and the environment.

From scientific projects to puzzles and other fun games, Highlights for Children inspires readers with content designed to stimulate creativity and critical thinking. Children can also submit their own art and writing for review.

8. Spider, 6-9 years old

Spider is filled with stories, poems, articles and illustrations from around the world for children who like to read for themselves. It is especially for those who have reached this amazing age when they get excited about reading on their own for the first time.

ChickaDEE is packed with interactive games, hands-on science experiments, amazing photos, illustrations, and stories – all designed to be informative and entertaining.

This is the best cooking magazine for gourmets! Recipes, photos and fun food-related articles spark children’s interest in healthy cooking and eating.

Jack and Jill keep kids entertained with engaging stories, challenging games, colorful comics, child-centered interviews, recipes, and handicrafts. Readers are also encouraged to share their creativity by submitting their own stories, poems, articles, jokes, and drawings for publication.

Although it is more advertising-heavy than the young child version, this is a reliable favorite for elementary school children. Lots of exciting topics that readers will love – plus activities and jokes.

Filled with great animal pictures and informative articles, Zoobooks is a perfect zoological reference work for children who love animals. Each issue is themed around a specific animal or group of animals, with habits and habitat discussed in depth to give the reader a thorough understanding.

Ranger Rick presents amazing facts, stunning photos, and outdoor adventures that will help kids improve their reading skills and develop a deeper understanding of the outdoors.

15. Ask 7-10 years old

This is one of the best magazines for curious, thoughtful kids. In-depth articles cover the big questions kids have about art, inventions, science, and more. Readers can submit their questions for the magazine to answer (which would be an incredibly authentic classroom writing activity!)

Sports Illustrated Kids includes nutrition tips, information about aspiring young athletes, great artwork, and special items.

17. Bravery, ages 5-12

This magazine is a masterpiece of design, with each issue centered around a strong female role model. Subscription is expensive, but you’ll want to save each issue for years to come. “Companion Guides” are available as an add-on to any issue you particularly love and give you digital access (and the ability to print out!) Of all activity pages as well as additional resources on the topic.

Animal lovers will love this magazine full of shiny, cute animal photos and stories to make you feel good and informative.

19. Faces, 9-14 years

Faces helps children understand how people live in other countries and cultures. Each edition focuses on a different culture – from Jordan to emerging Asian countries – including stories about daily life, folk tales, history and traditions of the people and places.

20. Owl, 9-13 years old

If you are looking for the best magazines for kids who love science, check out OWL. It offers fascinating articles and amazing facts about science. There are also quizzes, competitions and everyday topics. With breaking news and amazing puzzles, it is thought-provoking and entertaining.

Founded by a mother of teenage twins, this magazine aims to inspire girls to be their authentic, resilient, and empowered selves.

22. Cricket, 9-14 years old

A classic choice! Cricket features stories, poems, puzzles, recipes, and science and nature articles.

This weekly publication is packed with current events and exciting topics for children. You can also find tons of short texts that you can use for instructions.

Muse features amazing imagery, articles on space, information on genetics, and more.

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