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#1 of 29 Old 01-10-2008, 11:28 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone have any magazines that they would recommend for a bright five year old boy? Thanks!
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We love MooCow Fan Club. They focus on one subject each issue and have no ads.
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We like Ranger Rick - no ads.
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Ladybug
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My five year old loves "Ask," "Spider," "Ranger Rick," and the cartoons in the "New Yorker." (I wouldn't subscribe to the NY'er for that reason, though.)
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Another vote for Ranger Rick! I loved that as a kid. Also National Geographic has a kids magazine now. And I loved Zoobooks!
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We get "Your Big Backyard" which is by National Wildlife Federation, the same company that produces Ranger Rick. NWF classifies BBY as 3-7 and RR as 7 & up.

Though there's a lot of ppl who's "under 7"s enjoy RR!
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Ranger Rick

You can also get a free Lego magazine every other month by signing up for the Lego club.
http://club1.lego.com/en-US/legomagazine/default.aspx

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Thanks for the ideas I too was looking for magazine suggestions.

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My two 5-year-old boys LOVE Ladybug, and so do I, it is such a huge pleasure to cuddle in and read it together.

Personally, I would not recommend the National Geographic Kids magazine for a 5-year-old. It has ads that are really hard to tell from the content, it always goes "behind the scenes" on an upcoming movie (barf me!), and it is a very poor format for read-alound (too busy, with text boxes everywhere).
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My two 5-year-old boys LOVE Ladybug, and so do I, it is such a huge pleasure to cuddle in and read it together.

Personally, I would not recommend the National Geographic Kids magazine for a 5-year-old. It has ads that are really hard to tell from the content, it always goes "behind the scenes" on an upcoming movie (barf me!), and it is a very poor format for read-alound (too busy, with text boxes everywhere).
I so agree with everything you wrote here. to Ladybug and to Nat.Geo. and their stupid ads.
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I got Cricket and Muse for my 9yo and a gift subscription to Spider for my 6yo niece, after hearing about them from other HS acquaintances. FINALLY a decent magazine that's interesting and NOT full of ads and pop culture junk.

Even my beloved OWL is now just another teen magazine, that pretends to throw in some science now and again!!! At least Chickadee is *half* decent (might be suitable for a bright 5yo, it's usually targeted to 6-9yo), and Chirp is pretty cute (for preschool age).

Another great one, that DS looks forward to receiving, is YES! Mag. That's the one for older kids. The younger one is called KNOW. (Get it? "Yes" and "Know"? I get a kick out of that...)

It's more of a science magazine, no ads, great content.

I'll also suggest the Lego magazine lol... DS LOOOOOOOVES getting that every month... It's pretty light on content and of course every page is trying to sell you Lego, but if you have a Legomaniac already, it will be adored and cherished!!

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We like Your Big Back Yard too. (dd is 6)
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Would you all recommend Spider for a five year old?
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Would you all recommend Spider for a five year old?
I wouldn't. I think she would enjoy lady bug now and spider later.
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We like Your Big Back Yard and CLick magazine....ds is 5.
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Would you all recommend Spider for a five year old?
It really depends on the five year old. My dd1 is just past five and a half and has been reading and loving "Spider" for a year or so, but reading is really her thing. I would say that, if your kiddo is enjoying longer stories and novels, then "Spider" is a good choice. If s/he prefers shorter readings, then "Ladybug" is a better choice. Both are fun.
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We get Ranger Rick for the 5 year old (above his abilities but he likes the challenge and we read it together), Big Backyard for the 3 year old (5 year old can read it, and dd likes the content) and National Geographic for kids. We will be renewing the first two but not the last one. There are waaaaaaay too many ads and, since my kids don't see movies, they don't need the previews. We plan to order a new magazine, but for the life of me I can't remember what it's called! (It's pinned to my fridge at home.) It is more about science and nature with one new topic each month. I want to say it's called "Kids Discover" or something, but that just doesn't sound quite right.
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It really depends on the five year old. My dd1 is just past five and a half and has been reading and loving "Spider" for a year or so, but reading is really her thing. I would say that, if your kiddo is enjoying longer stories and novels, then "Spider" is a good choice. If s/he prefers shorter readings, then "Ladybug" is a better choice. Both are fun.
She's not yet reading *herself* but yes, she does love long stories - chapter books that are interesting are favored (just read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in one day), but she also loves wonderful picture books - I just read a lot to her. That's a majority of our alone time together!

So hmmmm, I wonder which would be better for her then? Obviously I will still have to read it to her either way.
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She's not yet reading *herself* but yes, she does love long stories - chapter books that are interesting are favored (just read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in one day), but she also loves wonderful picture books - I just read a lot to her. That's a majority of our alone time together!

So hmmmm, I wonder which would be better for her then? Obviously I will still have to read it to her either way.
If she's really into reading (my boys are, too), then I definitely recommend Spider. We had Ladybug when my oldest was 2-3 years old, and gave my three year old nephew a subscription to it for Christmas. My 2 year old would still be interested in it, but my 4 and 7 year olds would not.

We also enjoy Click, Ask, and Muse, and the original National Geographic.

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If she's really into reading (my boys are, too), then I definitely recommend Spider. We had Ladybug when my oldest was 2-3 years old, and gave my three year old nephew a subscription to it for Christmas. My 2 year old would still be interested in it, but my 4 and 7 year olds would not.

We also enjoy Click, Ask, and Muse, and the original National Geographic.

Thanks, I think we'll do the Spider subscription then.

Which of the ones you just mentioned would you recommend for a five year old then? I think I remember researching last night and some of them were for older kids?
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Thanks, I think we'll do the Spider subscription then.

Which of the ones you just mentioned would you recommend for a five year old then? I think I remember researching last night and some of them were for older kids?
I would do Click (ages 3-6). Ask (ages 7-10) might be okay, depending how into arts and science she is, but Muse is definitely for older kids (it's listed as ages 10 and up, but my 7 year old enjoys it -- I don't know if he would have liked it at age 5, though).


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My five year old adores "Ask." It's really a fabulous magazine. If you're going to be reading it aloud, you'll probably prefer the slightly less simple prose. Enjoy!
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My two 5-year-old boys LOVE Ladybug, and so do I, it is such a huge pleasure to cuddle in and read it together.

Personally, I would not recommend the National Geographic Kids magazine for a 5-year-old. It has ads that are really hard to tell from the content, it always goes "behind the scenes" on an upcoming movie (barf me!), and it is a very poor format for read-alound (too busy, with text boxes everywhere).
ITA about National Geographic Kids. We got this as a Christmas gift and I don't like it all for the same reasons mentioned above. It's bad.

I recommend Click, Ranger Rick or Your Big Backyard, Chirp, Fun for Kidz, and/or Boys Quest or Hopscotch for Girls.

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I like High Five. No ads, and a good variety of stories, cartoons poems, activities, etc. I like the larger print for beginning readers. The crafts and recipes are always simple to do with household stuff! (I appreciate that part!)
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I can't say enough good things about Your Big Backyard. It has beautiful photo essays and interesting stories about animal behavior. We also like the crafts - just last night we made a hedgehog out of fruit, and it was both adorable and delicious.

One nice thing is that both Your Big Backyard and Ranger Rick come from the same publisher (the National Wildlife Federation). Their website says that, at any point in your subscription, you can move your child up to the more advanced magazine if you think they are ready.

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My five and four year olds love Highlights.

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My five and four year olds love Highlights.

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Totally forgot about Highlights!! We don't have a subscription now, but I had one growing up and totally loved it, and a friend's daughter has been getting it since she was 4 (she's 7 now).

The Carus publishing company (Click, Ask, Muse, Ladybug, Spider, etc) also allows upgrading of subscriptions at any time. It's a great feature, I think.

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My kids loved Chirp at that age, and then chickadee when they hit 6.

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