Magazines for children and teens, including comics and newspapers for children. This list features recommended titles suitable for use in primary and secondary school classrooms and libraries in the UK. Suggested titles include subscriptions for publications suitable for pupils aged 3-6, 7-12 and 13+; and also periodicals for teachers, Heads of Departments, subject coordinators, school leaders, and school librarians.
Magazines for children aged 2-6, including comics
Here’s our list of recommended magazines for EYFS and KS1 pupils in primary school.
- Dot magazine – A great magazine for girls and boys aged 5 and under.
- Okido magazine – for inquisitive infants up to five.
- Storybox magazine – comics, short stories and reading discovery for children aged 3-6.
- Juno – a magazine for parents who want to bring up ethical and interesting children.
- Chirp – a magazine for children aged 3-6 that encourages reading through fun games, puzzles, and read-aloud stories. A good choice for EYFS and KS1 libraries.
- Little London – aimed at parents of young children, this quarterly magazine lists attractions, events, days out and activity ideas for children in London.
Magazines for children aged 6-12, including children’s newspapers and comics
Here’s our list of recommended magazines for KS2 aged children in primary school.
- National Geographic Kids Magazine – geography and the natural world in a child-friendly format. A fun and educational monthly magazines for children.
- First News – the leading newspaper for children in the UK. A fantastic, vibrant weekly newspaper aimed at children from 7-14. Ideal for at home, in the classroom or in the school library. Weblinks and additional resources are online.
- The Week Junior magazine – this compendium newspaper for children is a vibrant and exciting way to present the weekly news. Ideal for school libraries and to promote discussion in the classroom.
- Adventure Box Max magazine – really good for encouraging reluctant readers in upper KS2 and lower KS3 with engaging age-appropriate short articles with punch, impact and great graphics. (New for 2020)
- Cocoa Girl – launched in July 2020, Cocoa Girl was inspired by founder Serlina Boyd’s vision to “empower black girls around the world”. Aimed at girls aged 7-14. (New for 2020)
- The Phoenix comic – a super colourful magazine for children in fun comic style with high-quality writing. There are some free samples here.
- Hoo’s Writing Corner – an exciting creative writing magazine and website for primary aged children. The website includes writing prompts and exercises, and the monthly subscription magazine includes story construction ideas and spelling worksheets.
- Storytime magazine – great stories to appeal to boys and girls in KS2.
- How it works – for children interested in science, STEM, transport, and history. Good for upper KS2 and lower KS3.
- Kookie – aimed at girls aged between 8-12 and full of inspiring creative content and positive role models. No ads, fashion or beauty.
- Adventure Box magazine – ideal for children aged 6-9 engaged by adventure and real-life stories. Features longer chapter stories.
- Science+Nature magazine – fun and vibrant articles with attention-grabbing content and graphics. From the publishers of The Week Junior. Suitable for KS2 and lower KS3.
- Simpsons Comic – monthly 76-page comic strip with several stories per issue. Ideal for reluctant readers and a great fun magazine for kids.
- Discovery Box – perfect for children aged 9-12 with inquiring minds and interested in science, nature and natural history.
- Brilliant Brainz magazine – aimed at 6-12-year-olds, this magazine blends together creativity and education. Great for children who want to expand their knowledge.
- Minecraft World magazine – good for cross-curricular activities involving Minecraft.
- Be Rugby magazine – a rugby magazine aimed at boys girls aged 8-12. Includes news, games, puzzles and nutrition advice. An ideal monthly magazine for kids interested in rugby.
- Owl – Hands-on and focused on tech, with quizzes, interviews, infographics, and in-depth articles and reviews. Good for KS2 classrooms and libraries.
- ChickaDEE – aimed at 6-9-year-olds, this magazine is packed with fun activities, stories, and science experiments.
- Kickaround – a monthly literacy focussed football magazine aimed at children aged 7-12, featuring competitions, interviews with players from the men’s and women’s games, and cartoons.
- Beano magazine – the legendary comic aimed at children aged 7-12.
- Asian Geographic junior magazine for kids – ideal to present the world to UK children from a different viewpoint.
- Epic magazine – fun and visually bright magazine with lots of activities.
- Whizz Pop Bang magazine – Award-winning science magazine for children. There’s a free copy to view here.
- Amazing magazine – National Curriculum topics covered in fun and exciting ways.
- Lego Star Wars – a magazine for children filled with comic stories, activities, a lego project to build and competitions. Very popular with reluctant readers in Years 3&4 and children interested in Lego.
- Scoop – A huge variety of activities with contributions from leading children’s authors and illustrators. There’s a free sample edition here.
- Aquila – A magazine for children who enjoy thinking – great as an extension activity in the classroom. There’s a sample copy here.
- Eco Kids Planet magazine – ideal to promote eco appreciation and awareness. A great educational magazine for children.
- Wacky But True magazine – full of short snippets and interesting facts. Good for reluctant readers.
- The official Jacqueline Wilson magazine – perfect for fans of JW books.
- Crikey – Australian magazine for wild children to explore.
- Anorak magazine – stories and imaginative games in this magazine for artistic and creative children.
- Click – this magazine is designed for EAL pupils who are beginning to learn the English language.
- Match of the Day – Football magazine/newspaper for children, linked to the BBC highlights programme.
- Commando – war-related comic-strip stories to appeal to boys.
- The Caterpillar magazine – a quarterly publication aimed at children aged 7-11, featuring arts-based content including stories, poetry, inspiring images and a good range of writing activities and competitions. A good subscription for KS2 literacy departments.
Online newspapers for children aged 7-11 in KS2
- First News Live – the online version of the popular newspaper for children. The site includes child-friendly news videos, polls, and competitions.
- NewsforKids – a US-based site that offers age-appropriate online newspaper for children with stories that are updated each day. Categories include science, the arts, world news, and sports.
- Tuesday News Day – a campaign run by the News Literacy Network and recommended by the National Literacy Trust that aims to embed discussion of the news each day into primary and secondary school timetables. There’s a great selection of free resources available on their website.
- BBC Newsround – The long-running children’s TV news service is now exclusively online. Aimed at primary aged children, this site offers the full range of UK and world news, sports, arts, music, science, nature, and political news.
- The Guardian Newswise – a free cross-curricular resource that shows teachers how to embed the news into primary topics and curriculum subjects. The resources are aimed at upper KS2 – 9-11-year-olds.
- The Guardian offers free workshops where a journalist comes to your school and shows children how to write news articles, how to spot fake news, how to link journalism to curriculum topic work and put together newspaper pages and create a school newspaper for children in literacy lessons.
Magazines for teenagers, including teen newspapers and comics
Here’s our list of recommended magazines for KS3 and KS4 students in secondary school.
- National Geographic – the world-renowned periodical examining modern geography, science and natural history. An ideal monthly magazine for teenagers.
- Shout – an aspirational teen magazine featuring celebrity interviews, music and internet reviews, and fashion and beauty advice.
- Cimaza virology comics – bright and interesting, these comics help teach children and teens about virology, infections, and diseases. Produced by Dr Susan Nasif, an award-winning scientist, and cartoonist.
- Wonk! Magazine – a monthly science magazine for teens that aims to foster a greater interest in STEM subjects. Lively, contemporary and interesting.
- Philosophy Now – ideal for getting your teenager to think.
- ComicScene – a great magazine for children and teens about all sorts of different types of comics. Ideal for reluctant readers in KS3 and a good addition to a lower secondary library.
- Marvel Legends – each issue includes 76 pages of adventures and classic illustrations depicting Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and more.
- Teen Breathe – an uber-positive magazine for teenagers focusing on well-being and resilience. A good one to have in the KS3 or KS4 library.
- Raspberry Pi – The Complete Manual – a perfect magazine for teenagers interested in creating apps and gadgets using a Raspberry Pi.
- History Today – great for secondary students interested in History.
- BBC History – interesting and engaging magazine about general history.
- All About History – a colourful and eye-catching feature-based magazine suitable for older children with short and accessible articles. Lots of pictures and graphics, and ideal for reluctant readers interested in history.
- The Woodworker – perfect to spark ideas for home projects.
- Team – this magazine is designed for teenagers who are intermediate learners of the English language. Perfect for secondary EAL students.
- El Sol – this magazine is aimed at secondary GSCE students studying Spanish. Vibrant and interesting.
- Allons-Y – aimed at pupils beginning to learn French. Perfect for pupils aged 11-14 in KS3.
- Dinosaurs – The ultimate guide to dinosaurs.
- BBC Countryfile – ideal for teenagers interested in the environment and the countryside.
- BBC Wildlife – a great read for teens who want to read about the natural world.
- BBC Focus – an engaging magazine about science and technology featuring interviews and news on breakthroughs.
- The Week – the week’s news distilled into one weekly magazine. Ideal for secondary school libraries.
- New Scientist – a leading weekly publication looking at the world of science, nature, and technology. Ideal for sixth-form libraries.
- The Economist – international politics, economics, and current affairs. Useful for A level politics and economics students.
- New Statesman – a leading weekly politics and current affairs publication with thought-leader articles and analysis. Useful for A level politics students.
- All About Space – a monthly magazine with mind-blowing facts and articles about space and the cosmos.
- Prospect – full of contemporary think pieces about current issues and opinions in modern western society. A good source of material for debating clubs.
- The Critic Magazine – in-depth think pieces and leader columns on literature, culture, politics and the arts. Ideal for a sixth-form library.
- BBC Science Focus – an ideal magazine for teens interested in scientific discoveries, medical science, biology, psychology, and well-being. 6 issues per year.
- Icon – full of interesting new developments and ideas from the world of design. A useful addition to secondary DT departments.
Online newspapers for teens aged 13-18 in KS3, KS4, and KS5
- The Day – a daily online newspaper for teenagers, collating stories from around the world into news categories and curriculum areas. An ideal subscription resource for secondary school libraries and English departments.
- The Burnet News Club is run by the Economist magazine and offers an online children’s news service that leans towards economic, social and political current events in the UK and worldwide. Its particular strength is the way it challenges young readers to think and develop their ideas and opinions. There are also lots of opportunities to interact with the site, through competitions, polls and a school leaderboard. With extensive free resources to download, this site could form the basis of a great extracurricular club.
- A regularly updated fake news quiz. This makes an excellent engaging lesson starter for KS3 or KS4 on an interactive whiteboard.
- The Student View is a news website written by teens and designed to promote discussion and debate about current events. Ideas for teens aged 13+.
- The Guardian offers a course for secondary English and media studies teachers to improve the teaching of media and journalism. They also offer free curriculum workshops for KS3 and KS4. and an extensive collection of resources for secondary schools.
Magazines for teachers, staffrooms and subject departments
Here’s our list of recommended magazines for teachers of pupils in EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4.
- Nursery Management Today – perfect for Nursery and Pre School practitioners.
- Nursery World – lots of ideas and suggestions for best practice in Nursery education.
- Early Years Educator – for Early Years teachers.
- Teach Early Years – for EYFS and KS1.
- Creative Steps – to encourage creative and artistic play in young children.
- Teach Primary – for teachers of children aged 5-11 in the UK.
- Primary School Management – ideal for current and aspiring headteachers. Good for case studies and evidenced examples of good practice.
- Teach Secondary – for KS3 KS4 and A Level educators.
- TES magazine – The Times Educational Supplement. A must for the staff room.
- Every Child Journal – ensuring every child matters.
- SEN magazine – a must-have for SENDCOs.
- Additude – advice for pupils with ADD.
- E-Learning Update – essential for PSHEE coordinators.
- Creative Teaching and Learning – interesting and engaging reading for curriculum coordinators.
- Learning Spaces – ideal for keeping up to date with school resource planning and classroom environments.
- Children and Young People Now – sharing the latest policy news and best practice.
- Gifted Child Today – a great resource for parents and teachers of gifted children.
- British Journal of School Nursing – a must-have for school nurses and boarding school matrons.
- School Leadership Today – for SLT, SMT and school leaders.
- Screen Education – using film in curriculum teaching. Useful for English and Art teachers.
- The Poetry Review – ideal for keeping up to date with the world of poetry.
- Teaching Drama – reviews of recent productions and resources and in-depth ideas and suggestions from leading writers, producers and teachers.
- The Stage – the trade newspaper for the theatre industry – a must-have to keep up with the latest trends and a useful resource for A level theatre studies students.
- Dancing Times – the UK’s leading dance magazine, covering professional performance, education and choreography.
- Music Teacher – aimed at curriculum music teachers, choirs, instrumental teachers – in all settings.
- School Sport – a round-up of news and current thinking in school sport.
- Education Investor – for those thinking of investing in educational businesses.
- Times Higher Education – a must-have for Careers and UCAS coordinators.
- School House – aimed at the independent sector.
- The Bookseller – essential for school librarians.
- The Bookseller Buyer’s Guide – ideal for keeping one step ahead with new releases (can be purchased through the app).
- London Review of Books – Alan Bennett described this literary monthly as “the liveliest, most serious and most radical literary magazine we have.” Good for school librarians.
- Writer’s Forum – useful for teachers who are aspiring writers, and creative writing teachers.
Kindle newspapers and magazines for school libraries
An accessible way to read newspapers and magazines for children and teens. Ideal for use on tablets, in libraries, and for research.
- The Guardian and The Observer
- The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph
- The Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday
- The Times and Sunday Times
- The Spectator
- The Financial Times
- The Independent
- London Evening Standard
- The Herald and Sunday Herald
International magazines and newspapers for school libraries and modern languages departments
- The New York Times
- Time Magazine
- The Atlantic
- The Irish Times
- Le Monde
- Die Zeit
- El Pais
- India Today
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