What Kids Read

Switching gears here a bit, and in light of one of the topics brought up during our live meeting last night, I’m curious to know what magazines your kids read? Which publications exist right now (for kids) would you absolutely love if they came directed from a biblical worldview?

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  1. kim

    My kids get magazines that are sent by their grandparents. They are “Click” and “Your Big Backyard”…they are mostly animal/nature/science kind of magazines.

    My husband reads, “Biblical Archaeology” and I wish their was a kids version…it might be like Click or Your Big Backyard, but from a Christian publisher.

    My kids mostly read books…. The Cul De Sac Kids series is about the adventures of a group of neighborhood kids….and it’s a Chritian book….I try to keep my kids reading book sets from Christian authors.

  2. My kids like the nature things like “Your Big Backyard.” But we get them from the library.

  3. Our children read Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr., though they won’t be continuing on to Brio – at that point it simply becomes too “mainstream” [worldly] for our home. Boyfriends and girlsfriends, giggling girls and gossip…the teens simply don’t look any different from the ones I see at WalMart or on TV, and I don’t think that God’s people should blend so easily with the world.
    I realize that is a broad statement, easily misunderstood, but please try to read in a charitable light because this isn’t really the right time to go into depth.
    Our kids also read Nature’s Friend and Creation Illustration, hand-me-downs from friends of ours.
    We keep meaning to subscribe to God’s World, but haven’t forked out the cash yet. Maybe this year. We certainly need to focus more on current events – this is an important part of forming a worldview and one that easily gets forgotten with children.

  4. My kids subscribe to National Geographic Kids, and Click. They used to subscribe to Your Big Backyard. National Geographic is a wonderful magazine, but you do occasionally get some of the evolution stuff thrown in. That is okay though since my kids are learning discernment and do understand that some people stand firm in their beliefs in a ‘theory’ even when it has been disproven. They are also interested in taking what they hear and see in the world and comparing it against what God says. I think it helps to reinforce their faith.

  5. My eldest daughter thoroughly enjoys the American Girl magazine. I think it would be great to have a similar magazine (stories, games, crafts, etc. for girls) from a Christian worldview. She also enjoys Clubhouse magazine. The younger girls enjoy Clubhouse Jr.

  6. Grandparents send “Your Big Backyard” and “Ranger Rick”. My daughter enjoys “American Girl” magazine and “Cuisine at Home”, and my son (a Boy Scout) subscribes to “Boys’ Life”.

    I agree with Sydney — I’d love to see an American Girl type magazine with a Christian worldview.

  7. mama2tlc

    I fondly remember ‘Highlights’ from when I was a child and received mail announcement yesterday that they are starting a preschool edition soon. This is going on the Christmas list- but a similar reading focused magazine for children would be even better. It has poetry- so a selection of psalms (revised for kids) would be great. There are lessons on manners and craft/cooking ideas along with short stories for pre-readers.

  8. graceful

    I said it once and I’ll say it again: The Critique for kids! What I love about The Critique is that it doesn’t digest the culture for the reader and spit out pre-processed views dubbed as Christian. A publication aimed at helping kids to think critically about culture would be both timely and unique, and more helpful to parents and teachers hoping to develop a biblical worldview in children than a “Christian” version of something that’s already out there in “secular” form. Strengthening discernment skills and discussion of how to engage the world for the sake of the gospel are necessary things if kids are going to be able to be (1) in the world, (2) not of it, and (3) building the kingdom in clear view of it.

  9. My kids get Spider, Cricket, Highlights, and Cobblestone (isn’t that just over the top?!?), courtesy of their grandparents. I hear American Girl is on the way soon, too.

    I haven’t seen AG, but I plan to preview it for the level of commercialism (does it incite the “gimme” syndrome?), level of modesty, degree of shallowness or depth, kind of “advice” given if there’s an advice column (I’m thinking of your peacemaker approach to conflict vs. approaching life from a me-centered POV).

    My oldest’s favorite is Cobblestone. She loves history. I would love to see a magazine like this that comes from a discernment-enhancing perspective, a la Ransom Fellowship’s Critique.

    Speaking of which, someone above mentions a Critique for kids… does this exist, or is that a “I wish there was one?” If it doesn’t exist, I wish there was one, too.

  10. Marcie

    We have recently gotten Click. It is a science/animals magazine. Each month has a theme and short stories/animal info. that correspond. There are a couple of regular features, like a cartoon with “Click” the mouse and a short story with a character called, “Yo”. The kids seem to look forward to reading those parts the most.

  11. We subscribe to God’s World News (News Current and Early Edition), National Geographic for Kids, Your Big Backyard and Kids Discover magazine.

    We used to subscribe to Clubhouse and National Geopgraphic Little Kids.

  12. Both of my daughters love Zoobooks. My oldest (7) for the information and my youngest (17 months) for the pictures.

  13. My kids get Ranger Rick, but we have to have the evolution/creation discussion with almost every issue. We also get Highlights and Children’s Digest (mostly for my work), and the kids have enjoyed those stories. We used to like Family Fun, but the magazine is so secular and holiday-based. We don’t do Halloween at all, so the October issue was always a recycle item. And the Easter and Christmas issues were usually very secular without any faith-based craft ideas.

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