Types of Tween Magazines for Different Interests

Updated January 26, 2019
Tween girls reading a magazine

Tween magazines are written for 8 to 14-year-olds and provide a wealth of information on social activities, fashion, school, and more. There is a great selection of magazines on the market for this age group and subscribing to them has never been easier!

Education Magazines for Tweens

Whether used at home or in the classroom, educational tween magazines present factual information and non-fiction articles as their main content.

Ranger Rick

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The National Wildlife Federation publishes several nature magazines for different age groups including Ranger Rick for kids ages 7 to 12. You can check out the current issue online, but all other issues are print only. An annual subscription costs just under $20 for print versions and digital versions and includes 10 issues which are loaded with animal facts, games, and activities. Kids can also get on the website to find more photos, games, and interactive elements such as surveys and nature photo contests.

Cricket Media Magazines

Cricket Media features 4 different options for educational magazines aimed at tweens ages 9 to 14. Each magazine subscription gives you the option of purchasing for one year or two years and either a print-only version, digital-only version, or print and digital versions together. All magazines are ad-free, include 9 issues, and cost about $34 for a print-only version or $10 for a digital-only version.

  • Dig Into History covers historical archaeological finds from around the world. print only $34 digital only$10
  • Tweens with the travel bug will love Faces because it takes them on tours around the world to experience different cultures and the people who live in them.
  • Cobblestone is all about American history and showcases the country's past through old photographs, illustrations, and exciting true stories.
  • Kids who are into science and the arts will love Muse, an informative magazine that explores what's happening in modern science and art.

Tween Sports Magazines

Tweens who love playing or watching sports can read up on their favorite athletes or learn tips to improve their own game through sports magazines.

Sports Illustrated Kids

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SI Kids is an offshoot of the adult magazine Sports Illustrated and is aimed at the 8 to 14 age group. All content is related to health, nutrition, and sports including topics like setting goals and exciting new young athletes. You can choose a 6-issue subscription for $10 or a 12-issue subscription for $20 in the print version only.

American Cheerleader

Girls and guys participating in cheer will love American Cheerleader, a sports magazine written by experts in the cheerleading field. Each issue offers tips on training, healthy lifestyles, competition strategies, and interviews with top cheerleaders. Currently, all issues are in digital format only. You can install the app for free, but you'll have to make in-app purchases to see all the content. The website does feature dozens of articles on different topics for free.

General Interest Magazines for Tweens

Older kids and middle schoolers with varied interests can read general magazines that cover everything from celebrities to self-reflection.

Tiger Beat

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A perennial favorite that has been around for decades, Tiger Beat is known for covering all things celebrity with a tween and teen viewpoint. It covers pop culture topics from style to music with features on young celebrities and tons of great images. A one-year print subscription includes 6 issues for about $20 while a two-year, 12-issue subscription costs $35.

Cricket Magazine

Aimed at tweens ages 9 to 14, Cricket magazine is great for kids who love to read. It features fiction and non-fiction stories, poetry, and artwork on a variety of topics in 9 annual issues. A digital subscription costs around $10 while a print subscription costs about $34 for this ad-free periodical.

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill is made to promote educational and creative growth in kids ages 6 to 12. Articles, activities, and games about topics from current events to entertainment encourage kids to get curious about their world. A one-year subscription costs $15 and comes with a free activity book.

Girls' World

Despite the title, the aim of Girls' World is to inspire creativity in young people ages 7 to 11. Content includes crafts, recipes, and a fun look at young celebrities. While it does cover a lot of female stars, it also covers party planning and animals making it useful for creative boys too. For just under $20 you get to choose between 6 print issues or 6 digital issues.

Tween Lifestyle Magazines

Lifestyle magazines made for tween boys provide tips and advice on common issues boys in this age group deal with. Likewise, magazines for tween girls focus on issues unique to tween girls along with advice on things like hairstyles and preteen or tween fashion.

Boys Life

Boys Life magazine from New York, the October, 1934 issue. - Getty Editorial Use

Boys Life Magazine is the original publication of the Boy Scouts of America. This magazine is written to inspire good citizenship and the spirit of fair play. Each issue features scouting tips, jokes, and well-written stories. A 12-issue subscription costs only $24 and includes both print and digital versions. If you head to their website, you'll find all kinds of great, free content and interactive activities.

Girl's Life

Girl's Life is tween and teen magazine that features true stories about dealing with life's problems. Each issue features advice columns, how to succeed in school, making friends, peer pressure, recipes, crafts, and tips on hairstyles and fashion. A 6-issue annual subscription costs $20, but there are also options to buy a two or three-year subscription. Their website for tween girls features tons of free content to supplement the magazine.

New Moon Girls

Written for tweens by tweens and teens, New Moon Girls magazine is all about girl empowerment. Your subscription includes 6 ad-free issues for the year for about $44. You can also purchase a $30 membership to their online support community for tween girls. Content includes tips and advice on all things social and developmental for girls in this age group.

Kazoo Magazine

Kazoo is all about empowering girls ages 5 to 12 by sharing inspirational stories and tips from successful women in all career fields. Topics include everything from cooking and travel to sports and citizenship. Issues also include games and activities to encourage critical thinking. Each issue is ad-free and 64-pages long. Your subscription gets you 4 issues throughout the year for $40. The magazine is also available in Canada and for international subscriptions at an added cost.

Choosing Pre-Teen Magazines

Tweens have varied interests such as education, sports, fashion, and general activities. To decide which is best for your child, consider:

  • Hobbies
  • Favorite school subjects
  • Clubs and teams
  • Areas of curiosity or interest
  • Budget
Tween reading a magazine in store

Where to Buy Tween Magazines

You can find tween magazines in person or online. If you know which magazine you want to subscribe to, search the internet for their website. You can also find a subscription card in print copies of the magazine to mail in. Check out these places who regularly stock magazines for kids:

  • Public library children's or teen area
  • Middle and high school library
  • Franchise bookstores
  • Children's bookstores
  • News and magazine stands
  • Grocery store magazine sections

Periodicals for Pre-Teens

Whether you're looking for education or entertainment, there are plenty of awesome magazines aimed at the tween crowd. Magazine subscriptions make great gifts for tweens and even classrooms. Check out the selection at your local public or school library to read one or two magazines before choosing one to buy. Next, start exploring current events for teens.

Types of Tween Magazines for Different Interests