Cool mags for cool kids

Boy 1 is very suddenly into reading.  He wants to read pretty much everything and he’s getting pretty good at it too,  after a slooooooooooow start (proof once again that we push our kids in this country too fast and too soon into formal learning).  I remember when I was his age waiting patiently for my weekly copy of Twinkle, and a little later, Bunty magazine.   But these days most comics for kids are basically a load of commercial sh*te, don’t you think? They entice with their hideous breaks-as-soon-as-you-touch-it toy sellotaped to the front, and sadly the content itself is barely any better.   So its lovely to know that there are some gems out there for kids his age.  We’re looking to subscribe to these…

Lotta mag

Australian Lotta Magazine are aiming to do things differently.  They offer an advert free, gender neutral magazine packed full of projects to nurture creativity and banish boredom.  Each issue is released conveniently to coincide with school holidays.  Not sure how the Aussie holidays relate to ours in the UK but, with the massive exception of our winter vs their summer, I suspect it works just as well in this hemisphere!  Right now they have a subscription special offer for Easter, too.  Lotta is aimed at ages 5-10yrs.


I first discovered Anorak Magazine when we were at The Just So Kids Festival nearly 2 years ago.  At the time it was just too old for Boy 1 (its aimed at boys & girls aged 6-12yrs but the creators confess that its best left until a child is reading proficiently for maximum enjoyment).   Anorak has a unique format consisting of brand new stories written and illustrated by the most exciting contemporary illustrators, a ‘good stuff’ guide, games and some fun activities.  It’s main philosophy is to encourage children to tap into their imagination, use their creativity to learn and is here to amplify their voices. It has at the core of its offering a passion for words and images that challenge and stimulate.  This one is really going to light Boy 1’s fire and I’m so excited that his reading is now at a stage where he can enjoy it.

I can see Anorak and Lotta magazines complimenting one another perfectly.  I think they’re going to be great homeschooling fodder, too…when that happens…

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