Brilliant Brainz Magazine

Brilliant Brainz – at a glance

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Children’s magazine title: Brilliant Brainz.
Genre: Non-fiction magazine: art, music, food, philosophy, science, nature, apps, tech, books and film.
Published by: Brilliant Publishing Ltd.
Recommended for children aged: 6-12.
Published: Monthly.
ISSN: 2631-6811
This children’s magazine is ideal for: classrooms, school libraries, children in primary schools aged 7-11.

Brilliant Brainz magazine

This brightly presented monthly A4 magazine is aimed at children aged 6-12 years old. Each edition includes sections on art, philosophy, music, food & nutrition, science & nature, sport & health, books & entertainment, and apps & tech. There are also jokes, facts, and competitions sprinkled throughout.

Eye-popping colour

There’s a funky cornucopia of colour on every page with eye-popping bright text boxes and great narrative images. It will certainly appeal to the reading averse, and there’s plenty to look at in every story.  In terms of text, the reading age is spot on, and more complex vocabulary is either explained or glossed – but not avoided. There’s plenty to stretch the more able in each magazine.

We showed recent editions to children in a mixed year 5 & 6 class and the children were impressed by the double-paged artist features, recipes, and art projects to try at home and the interactive philosophy questions. “I liked the happiness page because I could measure my friends’ happiness  and find out what makes me happy.”

Potential for research

Teachers commented on the up to date book reviews, the monthly focus on a different musical genre, the opportunity to write in to the magazine and take part in competitions, and features on grown-up’s jobs. “There’s good potential to use a stock of these magazines for research and looking at nonfiction writing genres.”

The diversity of content in each magazine really impressed us – there’s definitely something to appeal to every child – and plenty of unexplored avenues for children to delve into and look into further. It’s refreshing to see age-appropriate, sensible and non-threatening health, mindfulness, app advice, and film reviews.  The emphasis on further study, things to do, questions to ask and projects and experiments to carry out make this magazine a worthwhile investment. Brilliant Brainz is much more than a single read

Our verdict

This is a vibrant and interesting magazine ideally suited for children aged 7-11 in key stage two, and one which is ideal for classroom bookshelves and school libraries. Many thanks to Brilliant Brainz for the review copies.

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If you like this magazine you might also like Absolutely Everything! by Christopher Lloyd, Secret Science by Dara O Briain and The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid by Dylan Thuras.

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About Tom Tolkien

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Tom Tolkien is a highly qualified (BA Hons, PGCE, QTS) children's literature expert and teacher with over 25 years of experience. He has led inset courses, developed curriculum materials, spoken at conferences, advised on longlisting for several international children's literature literature awards and written for educational publishers including contributing to a BETT award-nominated app. Social profiles: Twitter | Linkedin