Storytime is a brand new magazine for children that launched on 10th September. We were sent a copy of the first issue to read. Unlike the usual children’s magazines, this is a high quality production with lots of lovely illustrations. There are no plastic toys or gifts, no advertising either, and the focus is on the content alone. It’s a mix of fairy tales, folk tales, fables, myths, legends, poetry and extracts from classic children’s books.
In the first issue there is a poem (The Owl and the Pussy Cat); complete short stories like Aladdin and Goldilocks; plus an extract from the start of Alice in Wonderland which might inspire your child to read the whole story. I liked that each story was illustrated and that the pictures were unisex. For example, there is a story in the magazine called The Fairy Bride, which could easily have been illustrated with pictures that are heavy on the pink, but that would have put H off. Using other colours opens up the readership a lot more.
As well as the stories themselves, there are some activities to try which are based around the tales in the magazine. There are puzzles, quizes, colouring and even a board game to play. There is also a double page spread for parents with ideas for ways to bring stories to life and you can access more activities online. For instance, you can print out owl and pussy cat masks to enliven reading the poem together.
H is 7 and a good reader, so he was able to read this alone, but the magazine could easily be read by a parent and child together at bedtime say, or any time you’d normally read a story to your child.
You can buy an issue for £3.99 at your local newsagent or get a saving by subscribing online.
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