Magazines for children, tweens 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 magazine subscriptions suitable for children aged 3-6, 7-12 and 13+; and also educational periodical subscriptions 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 magazine subscriptions for EYFS and KS1 pupils in primary school.
Highly visual and focused on activities, hobbies and things to do, this is a great magazine for girls and boys aged 5 and under. Released quarterly, it focuses on fun, creativity and imagination. It’s also a good choice for paired and shared reading in EYFS.
For inquisitive infants up to seven, this magazine is designed to instil STEAM concepts and introduce a scientific approach to thinking. Through character-driven learning and playing activities, children are introduced to coding, experiments, observation and creative ideas. The highly illustrated format makes this a great addition to your KS1 and EYFS libraries.
With comics, short stories and reading discovery for children aged 3-6, this is a great magazine to introduce children to reading short bursts of longer material. Each magazine contains over 50 pages of adventures, engaging characters and comics. The text is split into short accessible paragraphs and children can ‘dip into’ the text. The bright, colourful format, makes Story Box ideal for reluctant readers aged 3-6, particularly in KS1. Have a look at a free taster edition.
Promoting a wholesome and experiential approach to childhood, Juno offers up think pieces on home education, parenting in a digital world and activities for the whole family. It’s an interesting read that will always provide a new and alternative perspective, without being condescending. A magazine for parents who want to bring up ethical and interesting children.
Aimed at younger children who are just beginning to read, Chirp is a useful and reassuring blend of short bursts of text, vibrant illustrations, puzzles and comic strips. There’s lots to think about and discuss. A great magazine for girls and boys aged 3-6, and ideal for nursery and EYFS libraries.
Magazines for children aged 6-12, including children’s newspapers and comics
Here’s our list of recommended magazine subscriptions for KS2 children in primary school.
National Geographic Kids
Geography and the natural world in a child-friendly format. The articles are well-written and informative, and the photography is stunning. The emphasis on activities, projects and prompts for further research will appeal to inquiring minds. A fun and educational monthly magazine for children. Highly recommended for 7-11-year-olds in KS2.
Aimed at 6-12-year-olds, this STEAM magazine blends creativity and education. It’s perfect for children who want to expand their knowledge and read about science and technology. With articles written by experts and qualified teachers, it’s also a valuable resource for primary school libraries and KS2 classrooms.
The leading newspaper for children and tweens in the UK. A fantastic, vibrant weekly newspaper aimed at children from 7-14. Ideal to use at home, in the classroom or in the school library. Weblinks and additional resources are included for online learning and research.
The Week Junior
This compendium newspaper for children and tweens aged 8-14 is a vibrant and exciting way to present the weekly news. Ideal for school libraries and to promote discussion in the classroom. If your school runs a debating club, school newspaper, current affairs quiz team or podcasting, this magazine will be an excellent source of inspiration.
Free for children aged 5-9, this fun and interactive quarterly magazine contains activities, character comics, posters, and examples of readers’ Lego creations. Ideal for lockdown reading and inspiring children to develop storytelling ideas from their construction builds.
Ideal for children aged 6-9 who enjoy reading adventures and real-life stories. It features longer chapter stories and features, and the comic strips are particularly engaging and well-illustrated. If you are looking for something stimulating to appeal to reluctant readers in lower KS2 – this magazine is an excellent subscription option.
Jam-packed with exciting content, this vibrant monthly magazine encourages children to think, ask questions and find out more. Covering science, history, the natural world, inventions, and more, it’s ideal for KS2 pupils. Britannica Magazine will be equally at home in the classroom, primary school library, or as a subscription for home learning.
Packed with science, history and geography, each edition aims to inspire curious children aged 8+. There’s plenty in each issue to encourage independent learning at school or at home, and to stir KS2 children to think for themselves. We particularly liked the monthly topic approach. This makes Aquila a useful resource in the primary classroom, for cross-curricular work, and it will help teachers to provide extension ideas for gifted and talented pupils. Back issues are available and there’s also a free sample copy.
Aimed at “inquisitive kids” aged 8-12, this monthly publication examines a different topic in detail each month. Previous issues have covered flying machines, Australia, cats and dogs, ball sports and the Earth, the Moon, the sun and space. The topic-based approach will make this magazine particularly appealing to KS2 teachers who plan their teaching around specific topics.
My Mini Garden
Children aged 7-11 will enjoy this lively and colourful quarterly magazine packed with well-written gardening-related fun facts, guides, quizzes and practical activities. There are also lots of opportunities for curricular links relating to STEM, the environment, minibeasts, life cycles, food, and of course, school gardening clubs – making this an ideal addition to KS2 classrooms and libraries.
Science and Nature
From the Week Jr team, this magazine is aimed at children aged 8-15 and looks in-depth at STEAM news and topics from around the world. The layout is really bright and engaging, and this magazine is highly recommended for upper KS2 and lower KS3 libraries. There’s a video here to show readers what to expect.
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. Also, launched in September 2020 was Cocoa Boy.
News, activities and games for children aged 6-11. Here’s a free online sample.
The Pathmaker Club
An exciting free online magazine for children aged 7+, linked to the Alya The Pathmaker Book by Yasemin Allsop. Each issue contains a diverse wealth of science, STEM, humanities, and coding activities.
The Phoenix comic
A super colourful magazine for children in fun comic style with high-quality writing. There are some free samples here.
Storytime magazine – great stories to appeal to boys and girls in KS2. There’s also a free taster issue.
Aimed at girls aged between 8-12 it’s full of inspiring creative content and positive role models. There are no ads, fashion or beauty content.
This bright publication is ideal for children aged 6-9 engaged by adventure and real-life stories. It features longer chapter stories.
This monthly 76-page comic strip comes with several stories per issue. It’s ideal for reluctant readers and a great fun magazine for kids.
This imaginative publication is perfect for children and tweens aged 9-12 with inquiring minds and interested in science, nature and natural history.
Perfect for upper KS2 classrooms, it’s also good for sparking ideas for cross-curricular activities involving Minecraft.
Hands-on and focused on tech, with quizzes, interviews, infographics it includes in-depth articles and reviews. Good for KS2 classrooms and libraries.
Home Cool Kids
This online lockdown learning magazine is packed with child-friendly activities written by and for 8-14-year-olds.
Aimed at 6-9-year-olds, this magazine is packed with fun activities, stories, and science experiments.
Eco Kids Planet
Ideal to promote eco appreciation and awareness, this is a great educational magazine for children. This sample edition can be viewed for free.
Lego Star Wars
This magazine for children is packed with comic stories, activities, a Lego project to build and monthly competitions. It will be very popular with reluctant readers in Years 3&4 and children interested in Lego.
Whizz Pop Bang magazine
An award-winning science magazine for children. There’s a free copy to view There’s a free copy to view here.
This legendary comic aimed at children aged 7-12 is ideal for classoom libraries in KS2 and will appeal to both able and reluctant readers.
myDeen ‘makes learning about Islam fun’. Aimed at children aged 3-12, in three age categories, these magazines include activities, lessons, knowledge and Arabic lessons. There are free sample magazines available on their website.
Asian Geographic Junior
A useful magazine to explore in humanities and PSHE, Asian Geographic junior is ideal to present the world to UK children from a different viewpoint.
More magazines for children in KS2
- 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.
- Epic magazine – fun and visually bright magazine with lots of activities.
- 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.
- Dekko Comics – aimed at reluctant and disengaged KS2 readers, each issue focusses on a topical KS2 theme. A useful resource for SEND and literacy teachers. Recommended for dyslexic pupils who find longer texts difficult to access.
- 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.
- WRD magazine is a magazine for children aged 8-14 about everything that’s going on in the world of children’s books. Sold by subscription, three times a year in packs of four, it’s ideal for school libraries.
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.
- RNIB newsagent provides a range of online newspapers and magazines in accessible formats for people with sight loss, including some popular titles for children and teens.
- The Burnet News Club is free for primary state schools and offers teachers a six-session scheme of work and online activities to discuss current news events. This is ideal for extracurricular clubs, or PSHE / citizenship classes. Membership includes a full day of teacher training.
Magazines for teenagers, including teen newspapers and comics
Here’s our list of recommended magazine subscriptions for teens in KS3 and KS4 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.
- 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.
- Film Stories Junior – written by and for teens under 15, this quarterly explores films, how to make films, the movie industry, and includes reviews and interviews.
- 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.
- Brainspace is a fascinating quarterly magazine that explores augmented reality and interactive learning aimed at children aged 8-14. Ideal for a lower KS3 form room or library.
Perfect for any teen who enjoys complex and ambitious construction using Lego, this monthly magazine is packed with ideas that will challenge your child’s ability and creativiy and help develop analytical, reasoning and planning skills. Each month, leading Lego designers are interviewed and profiled, the latest sets are reviewed, and there’s advice on how to photograph and film finished builds. There’s also a heavy emphasis on customised and modified builds, and lots of opportunities to enter competitions and contests.
- 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.
- Arctic Reading Circle – a free online magazine for youth “to showcase artworks and writing pieces by young people”. A useful resource for teachers who run KS2 and KS3 reading groups and want to increase engagement. Each magazine features a different genre.
- 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
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