Good magazines for an 8-year-old boy

Updated April 17, 2017

By 8 years old, boys are ready for their own magazine subscriptions. Now reading well, 8-year-old boys are sure to love a personal subscription that arrives each month with stories and activities just for them. Magazines best suited for 8-year-olds offer a combination of entertaining and educational material. Best of all, they encourage your boy to keep reading.

Spider Magazine

Spider Magazine targets independent readers ages 6 to 9, just right for an 8-year old boy. It's chock-full of exciting fiction, poems and activities that boys can read and complete on their own. Its stories come from award-winning writers and its large, colourful drawings are created by famous children's artists. Parents love this magazine because it has no advertisements. Each issue is 40 pages. A one-year nine-issue subscription costs £22.0.

Boys' Life

If the 8-year-old in your life is a Boy Scout, consider Boys' Life magazine. It's the official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America with two editions, one for older boys ages 12-17 and one for ages 6-11, which is perfect for 8-year-olds. The magazine includes features about life in and out of the Scouting world. Articles focus on sports, the environment, gaming, dedication to community, computers and collecting. A one-year 24-issue subscription costs £15.


Boys who are age 8 often love adventure, especially Indiana-Jones-style. If your boy is slightly more advanced and digs archaeology like Indy, consider Dig magazine. It targets boys age 9 and older, but you may find that the articles, comics and fun knowledge checks are age-appropriate for your 8-year-old. The content focuses on archaeology, palaeontology and earth sciences. It's published in conjunction with the Archaeological Institute of America. A one-year nine-issue subscription is £22.0.


The magazine called chickadee from Canada targets boys and girls ages 6 to 9. Each colourful issue has a theme such as space or ancient Greece. Tailored to each theme are original stories, puzzles, comics, fun facts, science experiments and arts and crafts ideas. This magazine appeals to younger readers because of its bright, colourful format. A one-year 10-issue subscription is £19.40. When your child is ready you can move him up to chickadee's big brother OWL, targeting boys and girls ages 9-13.

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James Roland started writing professionally in 1987. A former reporter and editor with the "Sarasota Herald-Tribune," he currently oversees such publications as the "Cleveland Clinic Heart Advisor" and UCLA's "Healthy Years." Roland earned his Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Oregon.