Science World

Science World is a monthly magazine for children that feature different topics from a wide range of scientific fields. The magazine does not talk down to children, but does put the science news in terms they will understand. The magazine could also be useful for the parents or caregivers of the children. Though it is intended for children, the magazine could be useful for anyone wanting to know more about science, but may not know enough about a particular topic to dive into a scholarly book. Science World also presents enough topics that anyone should be able to find an article of interest to them.

The magazine covers topics like x-raying household objects to see inside them, photographing DNA, the technology of 3D printers, and a story of one teenager who survived the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Even with a human interest story, there is plenty of science packed into the article. Science World achieves what librarians are hoping to achieve this summer—make science fun, interesting, and get the kids to learn without them even realizing they’re learning. With Fizz, Boom, Read just around the corner, Science World is a magazine to keep in mind to help supplement the books the children will be reading, or it can be used for adults to brush on some science topics you may have forgotten over the years.

It also provides ideas that could be a springboard for both adults and children to think about science in new ways. Most kids will have heard of 3D printers, but do they know the printers are being used to help make prosthetics? Do they know that a life sized version of Thomas Jefferson was printed is now on display?

Science World presents a variety of topics that are engaging and fun. Even for children not typically interested in science, this magazine is a good recommendation. It provides short articles, which could help children find a topic they are interested in enough to do further reading on and discover new ideas and concepts.

Bibliographic Information:
Janes, Patricia. Science World. Vol. 69, No. 9., 2014. Print.

 

Cricket

Magazines can a excellent source for children, but magazines are often get overlooked. While they are shorter and do not have the same gravitas as books, the information in a quality children’s magazine can delight, thrill, and educate as well as any book. Magazine could be a great resource to utilize for reluctant readers. The stories will be short enough that their attention shouldn’t wander too far away and by presenting stories in a shorter format, it will help the child to associate reading with positive aspects.

One great children’s magazine is Cricket, which has both fiction and non-fiction stories. Some of the stories are standalone, but others are broken into parts, serialized within the volumes. The fiction and non-fiction are balanced nicely and the non-fiction stories are written in a narrative form. If not for author’s note and aspects the children can easily research, it would be easily to confuse the too. However, this is a strength of the magazine because it makes the non-fiction stories comes to life and create characters the readers can love and a conflict then will want resolved while providing opportunities for further research and learning,

The readers of Cricket are called bugs and they can write it with comments and questions. The letters, and sometimes answers, are at the beginning of each issue. There are also poems featured along with the winners of a poetry contest at the back of this issue. Peppered throughout are bright, bold illustrations in various mediums that are sure to grab the attention of the readers. They do not detract from any of the print, but enhance the words on the page.

Cricket is an excellent choice for both avid and reluctant readers. It is good to try and entice reluctant readers into reading and would be good for avid readers who might not favor non-fiction or want to try reading a format other than novels. Cricket is best for upper elementary readers.

Bibliographic Information:
Letvin, Alice. Cricket. Vol. 41, No. 6., 2014. Print.