Highlights has a magazine for kids (2-6) called High Five. We just started getting it for Jenna and I absolutely love it!! A sampling of the things included in our first issue includes fun poetry, cartoon stories, with simple, learn-to-read text, teaching articles (like learning shapes and “practice makes perfect”), simple hidden pictures (Jenna LOVES this part) where small items are hidden within a larger picture, silly pictures (you have to find things that are “silly”/out-of-place in the larger picture), a Spanish/English story, a simple craft, a simple recipe, problem solving pages, and a “let’s pretend” active/physical page. Wow! When it arrived, we sat down to read it and I was surprised that it held Jenna’s attention from cover to cover in one sitting. She still wants to read it and do the activities again and again, and frequently brings it to me to request help. It’s a hit!
When Jenna was younger, she loved Wild Animal Baby from the National Wildlife Federation. It’s geared toward kids aged 0-4 and is a smaller, square size that’s easy for little hands to hold, with thick, sturdy pages that make it easier for toddlers to turn. It’s full of wonderful pictures and information about animals and nature and also includes some fingerplays, puzzles, stories and “can-you-find-it?” pictures.
If you need a last minute gift for a child, both of these would be fantastic choices that are sure to be a hit!