Nature Magazines for Kids

I hope that you and your family are having lots of fun exploring the world of animals during our Summer Reading Program “Tails and Tales.” We have so many great animal books, but don’t forget to check out the nature magazines we also have for kids. These magazines all feature lots of amazing photographs, fun facts, and short articles. They’re perfect for sharing together or for your children to read on their own. The format makes a magazine an especially appealing choice for reluctant readers of all ages.


Reading about nature with your children will encourage their curiosity and increase their vocabulary. That can be reinforced with a nature walk around your community. Another option would be completing the Library’s Animal Scavenger Hunt (for Aurora or Dillsboro).

In addition to our printed magazines, you can also read digital magazines through the Indiana Digital Download Center. Just select the Aurora Public Library District and login with your library card number (no spaces) and PIN. Then look for the Collections tab and select Magazines. All of our digital magazines are simultaneous use, so no waiting ever! You’ll find National Geographic Kids, National Geographic Little Kids, and Animal Tales.

If you ever need help using our digital resources just call 812-926-0646, and we can talk you through the process.

Kid’s Magazines???

You’ve been missing out if your family hasn’t discovered these terrific magazines for kids at the Aurora Public Library District. Here’s a brief description of each magazine that is available for checkout. The blurbs are directly from the publishers, but stop by the library to see for yourself which publications can meet your child’s interest while encouraging reading.

National Geographic for Kids is aimed at kids ages 6-12 and is filled with learning adventures about the things kids love. Features encourage readers to protect the planet’s resources and to learn more about geography, adventure, wildlife, science, and their peers around the world.

Jack and Jill is also for ages 6-12. It promotes the healthy educational and creative growth of children through interactive activities and articles. The pages are designed to spark a child’s curiosity in a wide range of topics through articles, games, and activities. Inside you will find current real-world topics in articles and stories; challenging puzzles and games; and interactive entertainment through experimental crafts and recipes.


American Girl magazine is from the same company that produces both the dolls and the American Girl books. It is recommended for ages 8-12 and includes wholesome fun and activities; advice to motivate girls to do their best; and stories, crafts and games that encourage girls to explore the world around them.

Boys’ Life is the official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America, but you don’t have to be a Scout to appreciate this publication. Boys’ Life is designed to entertain and educate America’s youth through a mix of news, nature, sports, history, fiction, science, comics, and Scouting.


The Library district receives two Ranger Rick publications, both published by the National Wildlife Federation. The original Ranger Rick is designed for kids ages 7 and up and is packed with animal facts, stories, and photos; comic adventures; outdoor activities and crafts, plus amazing nature discoveries to share with friends and use in school assignments. Designed specially for kids ages 4 to 7, Ranger Rick Jr. is filled with age-appropriate animal facts, stories, and photos; ideas for outdoor fun; plus lots of games, crafts, and recipes.

Highlights magazine has been around for many years; I remember doing the Hidden Pictures page when I was a kid. It’s still a great resource that I can recommend without reservations. In every 40-page issue, kids explore new topics, investigate cool subjects and find out about the world. Highlights magazine for kids is filled with stories, games, puzzles, riddles, science experiments, craft projects and interactive entertainment.

New Moon Girls is unique because it is run by a Girls Editorial Board and contains content written mostly by girls. New Moon Girls provides respectful, innovative, advertising-free content where girls develop their full potential through self-discovery, creativity and community.


For boys and girls ages 6-10, Sports Illustrated Kids Magazine is the magazine that gives young readers the scoop on all their favorite athletes. With an attractive page design that will grab kids’ attention, SI Kids not only tells readers what they want to know about sports, but also promotes moral values while improving reading and socialization skills.

Girls’ Life is written for girls ages 10-16 focusing on fun stuff like fashion, beauty and celebrities, along with real information and advice on friends, family, school, tough stuff and more. Because of the older age range, you can locate this magazine with the adult magazines, upstairs at the Aurora Public Library.


Some of these publications have subscriptions at both branches and others are only in the Aurora Public Library collection. Don’t be shy about asking for issues to be sent to the Dillsboro Public Library! These are great resources and we want them to be read.