Periodicals are an important part of any library collection. Public, school, and academic libraries need to offer a wide range of science periodicals for their younger patrons or teachers working with elementary students. Here you will find a selection of the best of these periodicals. Websites will be included when available.
Chickadee, a Canadian publication dedicated to the young naturalist. This is very much a "hands-on" magazine. Children 6-9 years old will enjoy the games and stories. Issues are centered around a theme and include appropriate activities. Children will be having fun and learning about nature and science. Printed on recycled paper. ChickaDEE is the companion website. Chirp is the sister publication for preschool children.
National Geographic Kids is an absolute must for any collection serving children. Well written articles and excellent photography are the hallmarks of this magazine. It is geared toward 8 and 13 year olds. Kids covers a wide variety of topics, but focuses on geography, adventure, wildlife and science issues. The web site includes links to fun facts, games and other activities, as well as the online version of the monthly feature article.
Odyssey, designed to expand children's natural interest in space exploration and astronomy. Written for 8 to 14 year olds, it covers the latest in space science and technology. Activities are designed by be both educational and fun. The website includes sections on science news, science fun, a teachers guide, and links to webcams around the world!
Owl is a sister publication to Chickadee and Chirp. Children 9 to 14 years old will discover intersting facts about nature, science, and the world around them. The photography is superb and the articles are well-written. The articles are brief with a high-interest factor, perfect for the reluctant reader. OwlKids includes activities and a link to Cyber Family for parents.
Ranger Rick is a favorite with the 6 to 12 year olds. Informative articles and eye-catching photography makes this magazine a "must have." Issues feature colorful animal photos, funny drawings, and exciting stories that inform children about nature, outdoor adventure, and helping the environment. The online version of the magazine includes web sites for homework help, activity of the month ideas, selected articles from current and past issues along with a subject index of topics covered in Ranger Rick back through the mid-1960's, and articles in Spanish.
Your Big Backyard is also published by the National Wildlife Federation. The stated intent is to teach children, 3-6 years old, about the world around them while providing early reading experiences. Parent sections are included. The sister publication of Ranger Rick. The web site includes description of contents for the current and past issues, and activity and craft suggestions.
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