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CLICK Magazine

CLICK Magazine

Spring 2015 Magazines
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Newsstand Price: $4.95
Subscription Price: $33.95 / 9 Issues

Many magazines for young readers assume that children love to read about animals and dinosaurs, but fewer publishers tap into children's interest in other scientific topics, such as human biology. Click fills this niche admirably, offering illustrated reading material that appeals to children's desire to learn about everything from how their eyeballs work to why different kinds of trees have different kinds of leaves to what kinds of games baby animals like to play. Each issue centers on a theme, such as the human eye or the science of play, and provides stories, nonfictional essays, comic strips, and activities to help children explore different aspects of the theme. For example, the July/August issue, "Play With Me," includes a story about why baseballs need to be rubbed with mud before play, a photo essay about the important adult skills various baby animals learn from their play, a seek-and-find activity in which children are using the wrong equipment to play various sports, and a diagrammed explanation of how our arm muscles work to move our bones. Diagrams like these are among the things Click does best; its visuals are clear, appealing, informative, and relevant to children's interests. Brief activities often accompany these diagrams, so that children can experiment directly with how their two eyes see two different vistas, or can feel their opposing sets of muscles. The fictional stories are also well written for preschoolers, inviting them to consider the social ramifications of the science presented in the rest of the magazine; how did people react to the first person who decided to draw a picture, and what happens to kids in the classroom if they don't realize they are color-blind? The fascinating mini-experiments, stories, and essays make this magazine a good buy for children who are interested in a world beyond animals.

Naomi Lesley   ©2015 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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