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Babybug Magazine

Babybug Magazine

Spring 2015 Magazines
Ages: 0 - 3 yrs.
Newsstand Price: $4.95
Subscription Price: $33.95 / 9 Issues

Babybug has consistently offered beautifully constructed, illustrated, and written media for the youngest readers for several years, and this year is no exception. The stories, rhymes, and illustrations in each issue target everyday topics that fascinate babies and toddlers. In the November/December issue, for example, babies (and dogs) dance and make music; in the July/August issue, a mouse tries on his parents' shoes; and in the September issue, a noisy trash truck stars in a poem (I only wish I'd had this one during the year when my child wanted to follow our neighborhood trash truck twice a week on its rounds). Each issue begins with a story about Kim and her stuffed bunny Carrots; and while these often revolve around seasonal topics, some do address common concerns such as sharing with friends. Each issue also contains a "Let's Explore" section, a two-page layout of photographs that provide variety from the painted illustrations. Each ends with a few brief notes for caregivers. The photos and illustrations include children of varied racial backgrounds, and a range of caregivers. The website for Babybug links to recordings of the songs published in each issue, as some songs are likely to be new to caregivers. Babybug now prints fewer of the finger plays that used to be a staple of each issue, and this is a loss, as toddlers love them (and caregivers sometimes need a bit of help remembering them). Nevertheless, there is plenty of wonderful material here for lap-time reading.

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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