Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2014 Magazines
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Newsstand Price: $5.25
Subscription Price: $34.95 / 10 Issues

Chirp magazine offers a bit of everything for young readers and caregivers—each issue contains stories, comic strips, puzzles, crafts; as well as informational pieces on travel, animals, and jokes. This format works well for pre-school aged children; each feature is short enough that they don't get tired of any particular one, and if one section doesn't appeal, the next is likely to recapture their interest. The matching puzzles, word games, and jokes are particular favorites, as they provide well-designed opportunities for participation and active response without the need to get up to locate supplies like crayons and scissors. The stories are brief, appealing, and humorous, and the graphics offer a nice mix of photographs and colorful illustrations.

While Chirp might not be as enjoyable for adults as some of the other literary magazines for this age group, as the stories and illustrations can be a bit bland, children love the variety in this magazine. The wealth of puzzles and games it contains tend to be de-emphasized in more text-heavy publications like Ladybug, making it a good choice for children interested more in doing than reading. Chirp offers young ones a well-priced subscription that will provide plenty of interesting activities and engaging reading material.

Naomi Lesley   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Naomi Lesley taught middle and high school English for six years. She is currently in a doctoral program at the George Washington University, focusing on American young adult literature.

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