Magazines are a great source of information for adults. There are so many publications and so many niche topics that most anyone can find a magazine publication to their liking. The same isn’t always true, however, for the youngsters. Magazines geared toward young people are scarce and finding one with quality content can be a challenge. Fortunately, the challenge has been met and exceeded with Cobblestone Magazine, a publication that teaches kids American History.
What is Cobblestone Magazine about?
Cobblestone is a publication about the land we love and the events, people, and places that have helped shape the American nation as we know it. The magazine is very consistent, with each issue containing exactly 48 pages. Articles vary from issue to issue, but they are aimed at the 9 to 14 age group and they always focus on the main theme of the month, as indicated on the cover of each issue.
What Can I Find in Each Issue?
Cobblestone is divided up in typical magazine fashion, with ten different featured articles and about eight or nine departments. The magazine also adds some fun activities to each issue and they help test the reader’s knowledge of historical facts, terminology, etc, with an occasional creative exercise.
What About the Content and Advertisements?
Cobblestone Magazine’s content is academic in scope and one very nice, parent- approved quality that all will appreciate is that the magazine contains no advertisements! The total pages might only be 48, but when you consider there are no advertisements, the magazine is actually much longer than it appears.
Here at Money Saving Parent, we are strong advocates for education and that includes providing our two kids with educational opportunities whenever possible. Some completely mindless play is fine, but whenever possible we strive to add educational benefits to daily activities and Cobblestone Magazine is an excellent publication for this purpose. It is perfect for young learners who want to get a head start on the subject of American history and who want to advance their learning a little further than what is usually expected for the magazine’s target age group.
Cobblestone Magazine is much different from the typical kids magazine (or even the typical adult’s magazine, for that matter) in several important ways. With other children’s magazines, you may get some educational content, but with Cobblestone Magazine, the subject is education all the way. I like how the magazine sticks to a theme and I like that it includes stories of events that are not well known because that makes them more interesting. Most people are already fully aware of the big events, but there are countless other, lesser- known events from American history that most do not know, and this makes the magazine fun for adults as well as children.
Cobblestone Magazine is designed for kids between fourth and ninth grade, give or take a year. The educational aspects are great, but before you commit to a subscription, make sure that your child is at least moderately interested in the subject of history. Kids in the targeted age group have often not had any exposure to American history in school and because of this, a large percentage of kids will not have any interest in reading this magazine. You might want to check their interest first or else be prepared to commit yourself to piquing their interest by talking about some interesting facts about the nation and its people, visiting a historic site, etc.
Is there anything wrong with Cobblestone Magazine? I can think of only one thing, and that would be its price. The magazine contains no advertisements, and that means no ad revenue, which is a major source of funds for most publications. Absent the ads, the magazine publisher is forced to charge a higher price per issue/subscription. This is why it is common to find Cobblestone Magazine selling for the annual subscription price of around $33- a higher cost than the majority of children’s magazines.
Cobblestone Magazine might cost more than the average publication, but when all things are considered, it is definitely a publication worth the price. It is educational in nature, contains no advertisements, and generally avoids topics of controversy that some may find offensive. It has one multiple awards and is easily one of the best children’s magazines available.
Copyright 2013, Bryan Carey