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Courier Article by Carol Banks
Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Magazines Hold Treasures for Kids

When was the last time you looked at a children's magazine? I mean REALLY looked. It isn't just about "Jack and Jill", "Humpty Dumpty" and "HIghlights" anymore. Today's children's magazines are bright, glossy, and totally tuned in to the myriad interests of inquiring young readers. From A to Z (archaeology to zoos) you can find a variety of children's magazines at your neighborhood library. Check out one (or two, or three) today!

Start those kids out early with Babybug, baby's first magazine. Published in board book format (square and chunky), each issue is packed with nursery rhymes, short poems, animal adventures and sunny bright pictures. Plus there's always a story featuring the antics of toddler Kim and her stuffed bunny, Carrots. Grownups, don't overlook the back page: help your little one match the four pictures with their identical "twins" located throughout the magazine. Babybug is published nine times a year.

Budding archaeologists should head straight for Dig magazine to discover reading treasures. Published nine times a year, each themed issue contains short articles, sidebars with tons of related information, loads of color photographs and mind-boggling games—all about archaeology or earth science. Recent issues have featured Alexander the Great, Egypt's Great Sphinx, and China's hidden caves. Don't miss the "Stones & Bones" column in each issue for some fun archaeological finds. Check out page 6 of the March issue to see some real Stone Age chewing gum. Umm, thanks, I'll stick with "Big Red" instead!

Are cute canines, playful pooches, and delightful doggies your cup of kibble? If so, Dogs for Kids was published just for you. Each bimonthly issue features articles on keeping your four-legged pal happy and healthy, as well as tips on teaching you how to make Rover a "canine good citizen". Rounding out each issue are games, word searches, and page after page of the most adorable hounds around.

If thinking outside the box is your norm, you must already read Muse. From the publishers of Cricket and Smithsonian Magazine, this publication claims to be "the magazine of life, the universe, and pie throwing". Although I can't speak for their third claim, Muse, with its informative articles about the arts and sciences does offer readers aged 9-14 other ways of thinking about and viewing the world around them. Don't miss "Kokopelli & Company", the comic strip that provides a cartoon style commentary about one of the main articles. Muse is published nine times a year.

Do you consider Mesker Park Zoo one of your favorite go-to places in Evansville? If so, Zoobooks will take you on an armchair safari any time you can't visit that wonderful facility. Chockfull of information about animals, insects, birds, and reptiles, Zoobooks also features high-quality color photographs. Recent issues have focused on lions, pandas, and ducks, geese and swans. Educators take note: the four-page center insert is a great teaching tool, too. Zoobooks is the recipient of a Parents' Choice Gold Award as an example of the best in children's publications. Look for new issues each month. .

Finally, take a look at Iguana: ¡Lee-Aprende-Disfruta!, a children's magazine for our Spanish-speaking amigos. This bimonthly publication has stories (including tales about the endearing folk hero Juan Bobo), a country study, riddles, recipes, crafts, games, and reader-contributed art and poems. Published bimonthly, this new magazine is muy bien!