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My MIL is thinking about getting a mag. subscription for my ds' birthday. He is reading at a 3rd grade level, loves geography, insects, mammals, architecture. etc. She was considering National Geographic Kids, but we just want to make sure that is a good one or see if there is something more appropriate for his interests. Any opinions or ideas?

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bleah to natl geo kids. too many ads! if he likes that kind of thing, Ranger Rick would be a better choice -- can't remember for sure, but i think it's ad free. i loooove the magazines from the cricket group www.cricketmag.com. there are never any ads and they have all sorts for age ranges from bab to teen. there's sure to be something for him there. you can check out sample pages on their website.
 

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tiredx2, too funny
! i didn't see your post before i posted. we said almost the same thing!
 

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National Geographic Kids does run advertising which makes me like it a lot less (and some of the ads are disguised as articles). However, Ask is a huge hit around here. It's written at a couple of levels between 3rd and 6th grade level and is focused on science and the arts. Each issue centers around a central topic. The last two have been Illness and Wellness and Cats Large and Small. My dd is very science oriented and LOVES it. If your ds is looking for more technical detail, try Oddessey. It is more strictly science centered, but is more at a 5th-7th grade reading level. The diagrams rock. Both of these are from Carus publishing.
 

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My 6yo loves ZooBooks. Each issue focuses on one type of animal. No ads.
 

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My kids love "Your Big Backyard" Great photos of animals and bugs. No ads. Put out by the National Wildlife Association. Although, maybe your child would want more text. I think "Ranger Rick" is the next one up.
 

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My 6yo loves his "Highlights" subscription that his grandparents bought him!

Though I just went back and read that you're looking for something a little more sciency. This is a great alternative, though.
 

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Originally Posted by beanma View Post
bleah to natl geo kids. too many ads! if he likes that kind of thing, Ranger Rick would be a better choice -- can't remember for sure, but i think it's ad free. i loooove the magazines from the cricket group www.cricketmag.com. there are never any ads and they have all sorts for age ranges from bab to teen. there's sure to be something for him there. you can check out sample pages on their website.
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Both my 4 yo. and my 9 yo. love the various mags available from the Cricket Mag group. They are pricey, but worth it!
 
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