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



Spring 2014 Magazines
Ages: Infant - 3 yrs.
Publisher: ePals Media
Newsstand Price: $6.95
Subscription Price: $33.95 / 9 Issues

Babybug continues to be a quality magazine for the youngest readers and their grownups.

Some features remain consistent: each issue begins with a seasonally appropriate story about Kim and her stuffed bunny Carrots; each issue contains a finger-play rhyme with diagrams so that parents can learn the hand motions; each issue showcases a variety of attractive and appealing color illustrations that enhance the songs, stories, and poems; and each issue ends with a "Guide for Caregivers" offering suggestions for further activities.

Babybug has also added some new features. One is a "First Concept" section, a two-page spread that introduces a concept for parents and children to talk about, such as the color yellow or things that help people stay cool in the summer. Some of these concepts are targeted to different age groups within the Babybug 0-3 year range, and therefore may have varied success with individual children. The color yellow, for example is perfect for two year olds, whereas the idea of baby mice staying warm under a blanket of snow is quite intriguing for three year olds to discuss. The other new feature is "Let's Explore," a section that presents color photographs of some outdoor setting, such as a lily pond or a pumpkin patch, with brief textual questions and explanations of the photos. The text is fairly bland, but this feature is still a good addition, given how much babies and young children enjoy looking at and talking about photographs.

As always, Babybug remains well constructed, sturdy, and well laid out for little hands and eyes, making it a good investment for libraries or a lovely gift subscription for a family with young children.

Naomi Lesley   ©2014 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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