I'm always on the lookout for magazines and books that have the potential of stimulating an interest in history in young people. Call me wacky, but history is fun, or it can be. Cobblestone Magazine (recommended for ages 9 to 14), one of a slew of kid's magazines from Carus Publishing, thinks so too.
Designed to meet curriculum standards for history/social science while still being a lively and entertaining reading experience for young history buffs, COBBLESTONE® is the recognized leader in the study of American history. Each issue is thoroughly reviewed by a consulting editor who is an expert in the field and contains well-researched articles, time lines, primary sources, and maps. Original illustrations and fun activities keep COBBLESTONE accessible for pleasure reading.
What caught my attention was an upcoming issue of Cobblestone. Each issue of Cobblestone has a theme and in February of 2009 the theme is the World's Columbian Exposition.
But, wait. There's more! A check of the available back issues revealed the following additional topics/theme issues of interest: Chicago; Jane Addams; Ida B. Wells-Barnett; The Gilded Age; The Northern Migration. Just a sample of what they have available now. (I'm checking out the Chicago and Jane Addams issues.)
Teachers and K12 educators should also note their "Teacher's Guides." Subscriptions cost $33.95 a year. A small price to pay to encourage the young historian among us. I almost wish I had a kid to buy it for. Well, almost...