Children’s magazines can be a bit of a minefield. They so often seem to come with a piece of plastic tat that is broken within minutes causing upset and disappointment. The paper quality is poor and the magazines are often quickly discarded. So I was interested to see some of the alternatives out there that offer a better quality magazine for children. I’ve been taking a look at Anorak and Dot, which are both from the same publishers and aimed at different age groups.
11 years ago founder, Cathy Olmedillas was searching for a high quality, creative magazine for her son, without any success, so she decided instead to make it happen herself and Anorak was born! Despite being told that her design led, illustrated, quarterly magazine for 6-12-year-olds would never catch on, Anorak now has a worldwide circulation of 25,000 each quarter, alongside its younger companion DOT, launched 2 years ago and already with a circulation of 10,000.
Their mission is to encourage both girls and boys to tap into their imagination and use their creativity to learn about the exciting world around them. Just like much-loved children’s magazines and annuals of the past, both Anorak and Dot are designed to be collected, revisited and handed down.
I love the quality of the artwork and the thickness of the paper. Children are encouraged to take part in activities like drawing, games and puzzles. There are lots to like about the magazines. H is at the top end of the age range for Anorak at nearly 11 and I feel he has moved on beyond these as he is a very avid reader, but I know other children his age would love them. The visual aspect certainly appeals and the quality of the illustrations is high. I think I’d have been considering a subscription if we’d been introduced to these a few years ago.
Good news for readers too as I have one year’s subscription each to Anorak and Dot to give away. Enter via the Gleam widget below. Please let me know if you prefer Anorak or Dot in the comments section.
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1. No bulk, third-party or automated entries.
2. Entrants must be aged 18 years or older.
3. The winners will be chosen by a random draw.
4. The winner will be notified by email and will have a week to claim their prize. Should they fail to respond within this time, an alternative winner will be selected.
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6. Competition closes on 10th December 2017.