AskSpring 2017 Magazines
This 32-page magazine might feel thin but it contains weighty stories that blend the arts and the sciences for kids (ASK is an acronym, you see) in impressive, age-challenging, smart ways.
One recent issue in which the theme was sweets looks at "Why We Love Sugar"; the science behind the sweet tooth; a visit to an Indiana store that makes candy; and a retro look at the sweetest tastes in ancient history. Yet, ASK is also socially responsible. In the sweets issue, for instance, a story that explains diabetes is a needed cautionary tale.
Throughout, the storytelling is engaging and well-written, the content is relevant to real life, and the graphics, cartoons and photos make every page a visual invitation.
Meanwhile, there's a breadth of stories issue to issue, from examining metamorphosis in nature (stories about Monarch butterflies and shape-and-color changing eels) to explosives (articles about blowing up decrepit buildings, fireworks and the science of popcorn). Departments range from Noisy News (Why cockroaches are hard to squash to why astronauts' bodies stretch in space) to Marvin's Clever Tricks (the no-pop balloon and blind tasting diet sodas).
Emphasis is on science, but the magazine never loses sight of science's daily application to the arts, and vice versa.
The publisher promotes ASK as "the best magazine for children who like to ask lots of questions," an accurate measure. ASK is filled with fun and fascinating facts, informative scientific articles, and hands-on activities. The magazine has zero advertisements. And the 100-percent money-back guarantee makes giving your inquisitive kid a swing at this no risk, and all reward.