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


Spring 2012 Magazines
Ages: 1 - 3 yrs.
Publisher: ePals Media
Newsstand Price: $6.95
Subscription Price: $33.95 / 9 Issues

Babybug, from the publishers of Cricket, is a beautifully illustrated, sturdy, highly interest offering for the youngest lap readers. Each issue begins with a seasonally appropriate story about Kim and her bunny Carrots. It also presents a traditional nursery rhyme and a finger play poem that will enrich your own repertoire as a parent while delighting your little one. In between are brief stories and poems that vary in each issue. The artwork is bright and appealing, and the stories (generally about children, animals, parents, and food) highlight topics sure to fascinate small story-lovers, using age-appropriate language and entertaining rhymes. Best of all, the magazines are well built, with stiff glossy pages that are easy to turn but difficult to tear (my own two-year-old has tested this out quite thoroughly), so that previous issues can be passed along to friends, neighbors, and siblings. Essentially, a subscription buys nine paperback books at a far lower price than children's books generally cost. This magazine is a wonderful gift for parents and young children to enjoy together.

Naomi Lesley   ©2012 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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