National Geographic KidsSpring 2017 Magazines
The central articles in National Geographic Kids are interesting and substantive, and the photography guessing games and word scrambles are well designed for the target age range. The more miscellaneous introductory feature columns are appealing in concept, as elementary school students enjoy collecting little factoids. Their layout, however, is overwhelmingly busy, and the information bites are designed so as to resemble a collection of Facebook gifs. Often, the introductory pages offer random teasers of material merely to serve as advertisements for more in-depth National Geographic children's books on specific topics and not to provide stand-alone articles in the magazine. Even the central feature articles could incorporate more friendly visual design, with larger print for the main article text and correspondingly smaller font for the screaming headlines. Nevertheless, National Geographic Kids offers a variety of appealing material for children with a range of interests and reading levels.