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



Spring 2012 Magazines
Ages: 6 - 9 yrs.
Publisher: ePals Media
Newsstand Price: $6.95
Subscription Price: $33.95 / 9 Issues

Spider, described in their tagline as "the magazine for children," has a language arts focus for early and middle elementary school children. The issues include a compilation of short stories, poems, and jokes, including material sent in by their young readers. Every issue also includes a non-fiction article and at least one craft, recipe, or game. This variety of writing helps children gain experience with a range of types of text. There is plenty of eye-appeal as well, with abundant illustrations done in various styles and media. This is a well-executed magazine for kids who love language, as well as a good way to draw in more reluctant readers.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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