The best Indian children's magazines for preschoolers and kindergarteners

Introduce your children to the fascinating world of reading through these children's magazines. Children's magazines are designed to stimulate learning and cognitive skills in children. These magazines contain hours of healthy entertainment for your little ones.

Morals, values, traditions, customs, education and knowledge, we wish we could pass on a healthy mix of all this to our kids. Life these days moves at such a fast pace that parents today don't realise that their children are missing out on so much. The competitive world that we live in pushes parents, to push their children, to push themselves, to do, what everyone else is doing. It is a rat race, and the little pleasures of growing up seem lost.

Not so long ago, reading was an enjoyable pastime. It transported kids into a realm that inspired them. Kids today instead are busy clicking buttons on gaming gadgets and iPads and smartphones. All very well, but the bliss of having a book in the hands cannot be surpassed. Books provide knowledge, books ignite imagination, books stimulate the brain and books improve vocabulary and books do a lot more. Parents know this, yet fail to develop the reading habit in their kids.

Children need to be introduced to books, early in life. Begin by reading to them when they are young and you will find they begin to enjoy the 'company' of books. You can start by introducing children's' magazines to your kids. These are age appropriate periodicals that cover short stories, fun activities such as puzzles and DIY projects, interesting facts, real-life motivating stories and a bit of humour and also mythology and more.

I have compiled a list of 6 Indian publications for pre-schoolers and kindergarten kids. These magazines can be subscribed and your kids will certainly love them.

Highlights Genies

This monthly magazine comes highly recommended. It is printed by the publishers of 'Highlights for Children', a popular children's' magazine, published in the USA. I was fortunate to introduce the magazine to my daughter, during her early years, thanks to a Christmas subscription, from my brother. The Highlights Genies is published in India and intended for children in the age group of 2 to 6 years.

The magazine is colourful and attractive with plenty of entertaining activities for young children to develop skills that come in handy when they step into school. The magazine is developed by experts in the field of early childhood development. They lay emphasis on engaging activities that improve cognitive skills in young children. Children develop basic skills, essential in everyday life, such as warmth and kindness, creativeness and enhanced knowledge, all in a fun way. The monthly magazine costs Rs.40 per issue.


Targeting children in the age group of 3 to 6 years, the MagicPot is a weekly magazine priced at a mere Rs.15 per issue. It is very well pieced together, and every issue carries stimulating material that rouses the brain. The magazine is an amalgamation of children-centric activities that cleverly incorporate numerals and alphabets, to make learning fun. Short stories improve reading and listening skills. A child's reasoning and logical thinking abilities get enhanced through the solving of puzzles and mazes.

The highpoint of the magazine is the comic series that it runs – children fall in love with Dilly & Willy and Lutappi. Apart from this, every issue contains a small gift; it could be a sticker or a mask or a tiny toy.


This is another monthly magazine for children aged between 3 and 6 years. The cover price per copy is Rs.100. It is a little steep, but it is definitely worth the price. The magazine delivers well-researched material that provides motivating vistas of knowledge to children. Colourful illustrations can grab any child's attention, making them interested in a whole new world that has them riveted and opens the doors to a whole new world of knowledge.

It is a great way of initiating pre-schoolers into learning numbers, reading, writing and drawing etcetera.

Children's Magazine

A monthly periodical priced at Rs.45 per issue, the Children's Magazine targets young readers between the ages of 4 and 9 years. The periodical has been around for over two decades and has an extensive readership. The highlight of this children's periodical is its language and style. The stories and articles are authored by eminent writers and care is taken to keep the subject relevant to the Indian context, which makes it easier for young readers to associate with.

It is a bright and colourful magazine and contains activities that stimulate the brain. Children learn to comprehend, think and use their imagination. It is a great learning tool for the young ones.

Junior Chandamama

Chandamama was a staple for most children when I was growing up. Every issue was packed with interesting nuggets of information and riddles and puzzles. Junior Chandamama is a chip off the old block, so to say. It is designed for younger children between 4 and 7 years of age. This is a monthly magazine, priced at only Rs.20 a copy.

The concept behind the junior edition remains the same as the original version. The magazine carries a bit of mythology, history and folklore. It keeps children connected with their culture in an interesting and innovative way. Stories of valour, patriotism, honesty and friendship etcetera help build character in the young readers.


Champak is perhaps the most widely read and the most popular children's magazine in India. Most parents must have grown up reading this periodical. It still remains a popular magazine. It is a fortnightly magazine, for children aged 4 and above. Each copy is priced at Rs.30.

The brand has maintained its purpose and continues to publish enthralling stories with motivating moral lessons to learn from. Each edition carries not just fascinating stories but combines comic strips, brain teasers and puzzles, to keep the entertainment and knowledge quotient up.


Tinkle is yet another gem that has been around for years. Tinkle continues to enthral children and adults alike. It is perhaps the oldest children's magazine in India. The monthly editions have a cover price of Rs.50 and the target audience is 5 and above.

Tantri the Mantri, Supandi and Shikari Shambu and Kalia the crow continue to fascinate young readers. A few characters like the Super Weirdos and the Defective Detectives are newly introduced and add a unique flavour to an old classic. Children continue to be entertained as well as educated via this magazine.

Article by Juana
Juana is a freelance writer, with years of experience, creating content for varied online portals. She holds a degree in English Literature and has worked as a teacher and as a soft skill trainer. An avid reader, she writes on a variety of topics ranging from health, travel, education and personality development.

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Author: Juana25 Aug 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 1

I have come across parents who look at books as a waste. Parents must be willing to encourage the reading habit in children. It helps to start when the child is young. Reading to a toddler gets the child interested in books. Apart from enhancing knowledge and stimulating imagination, books also help develop a better vocabulary. A child who grows up reading becomes a quick learner. He develops the skill to engage himself in what he is reading. This helps with the better understanding and retention of the material.

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