Now that the dust has settled in cyberspace and the real shopping has begun, I would like to suggest some great gifts for children: books and/or magazines subscriptions. I know they don’t whistle and they won’t glow in the dark, but  what children find in books or Christian kids’ magazines may stoke the fires of their hearts. Kids need God’s encouragement, His wisdom and His mercy. Books and magazines that point them to Him may just be part of His perfect gift for them this Christmas.

If you are shopping for  a particular book and want to know more about it,  click on Titles We’ve Reviewed to see a list of books we have reviewed. We might have reviewed the book you are interested in. (Clicking on the title will take you to the review.) If you don’t have a specific title in mind and want to browse books by their targeted age group, select the  drop down menu under Categories.

If you are interested in magazines,  I can recommend some terrific Christian magazines for kids. Maybe you know of them. However, on the chance that you don’t…. (I’ve been teaching writing for children to adults for a number of years and many of my conferees tell me they are not familiar with these magazines.)

Focus on the Family currently puts out two magazines for kids. Clubhouse Jr. is targeted for children 4 to 8 years of age and Clubhouse is written for 8- to 12-year-olds. The Upper Room produces Pockets for kids 6 to 12. I am less familiar with Sparkle (for girls ages 6 to 9) and Shine Brightly (for girls 9 to 14), but I like what I have seen. Cadet Quest is for boys, ages 9-14.

All of these magazines are written with kids in mind. The magazines present topics that kids are interested in. When the stories or articles wrestle with a life difficulty, the subject is handled in a way that kids can relate to and is appropriate for a child. Oh, and did I forget to mention that the stuff in the mags is fun?

The websites below will give you more info on the mags.

Clubhouse Jr.http://www.clubhousejr.com/


Pockets http://pockets.upperroom.org/


Shine Brightlyhttp://www.gemsgc.org/main/magazines.html

Cadet Questhttp://www.calvinistcadets.org/questpromo2.php

Shopping savvy: If you are going to give a gift subscription to your child, you might also consider getting a gift subscription to the same magazine for one of your child’s grandparents or a beloved aunt. This could give that adult and your child some good conversation starters. And if you are the beloved grandparent or aunt and give a subscription to your special child, why not get a subscription for yourself? The magazines are fun and interesting to read even if you grew up a while ago.