Top Magazines for Toddlers

Animals, colorful bugs and a talking train highlight the list of publications

Here are some magazines for your younger kids—and even those who are not so young. This eclectic list of publications features a friendly talking train, pictures and stories featuring wildlife, cuddly bears, and a sparkling ballerina. The magazines, which also include posters, recipes, art activities, and nature-based stories, are designed for babies, toddlers, and young learners.

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National Geographic Little Kids

National Geographic Little Kids magazine
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"National Geographic Little Kids" magazine includes animal stories, which develop reading skills, as well answer questions about kids' favorite creatures. Features about different cultures bring the world to your child and inspire a sense of understanding. Interactive experiments introduce simple science and puzzles as well as games that teach logic and counting. The publication is for children ages 3 to 6.

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Zootles magazine

"Zootles" magazine, published by Zoobooks, is aimed at younger children. Each issue features a different new animal, providing children with basic knowledge of the animal's anatomy, habitat, and behavior. Each issue features a letter of the alphabet, phonetic sound, and number to help children apply basic skills while learning about the animal kingdom. The beautiful wildlife photography, cartoons, and illustrations will amuse children and parents alike.

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Ladybug magazine

Ladybug is a colorful publication filled with charming characters, games, songs, poems, and stories for children ages 3 to 6. According to publisher Cricket Media, the magazine, which comes out nine times a year, includes "engaging stories and poems for preschoolers" and is:

  • A 2017 Parents' Choice Gold Award winner
  • A great magazine to inspire imagination
  • 100 percent ad-free
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Babybug magazine

Cricket media also publishes "Babybug" magazine, which encourages a love of books for infants and toddlers ages 6 months to 3 years. "Babybug" is filled with colorful pictures and simple rhymes and stories that babies and parents can read together. Cricket says the publication, which also comes out nine times a year, is:

  • Also a 2017 Parents' Choice Gold Award winner
  • Designed for safety, including nontoxic ink on sturdy coated paper, rounded corners, and no staples
  • 100 percent ad-free
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Highlights High Five

Highlights High Five magazine

"Highlights High Five" magazine, for children ages 2 to 6, promotes reasoning, problem-solving and creative self-expression. Each issue features activities, puzzles and simple non-fiction for preschoolers. You can purchase a print or digital subscription—or both.

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Zoobies magazine

"Zoobies" magazine, aimed at children ages 0 to 3, is published by Zoobooks. Each issue introduces a wild animal with lift-the-flap surprises, colorful photography and illustrations, and brain-building concepts like colors, shapes, sizes, and numbers. Durable pages are tough enough for toddlers.

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Thomas & Friends Magazine

thomas and friends magazine

"Thomas & Friends" magazine, targeted to children ages two to seven, brings to life the world of Thomas the Train and his friends for early learners. Every issue is filled with stories and includes a collectible poster, educational activities and a pull-out workbook. According to Redan Publishing, which produces the magazine, each issue also contains:

• Stories from the Island of Sodor featuring Thomas and his friends

• Games and puzzles

• A collectible Thomas & Friends fact file

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Sparkle World

Sparkle World Magazine

Redan also publishes "Sparkle World" magazine, targeted toward girls ages three to nine, which features the Care Bears, Angelina Ballerina, Strawberry Shortcake and many others. Each 40-page, full-color issue is packed with stories, sparkly things to make, a pull-out workbook, crafts, recipes and a poster.