I recently received a free copy of  The Horn Book Magazine. The day it came in the mail I was quite excited: here was my magazine about books!

Although I don’t often read modern fiction, The Horn Book Magazine is by children’s book authors and publishers, and it’s about the processes involved in writing for children. I really have enjoyed reading it, and I was especially excited since I cannot get it through my local libraries. (The librarians have a subscription, but it does not circulate). Given that it comes every two months and I have not yet paid for a subscription, I am trying to not read it all at once. I’m keeping the rest for a day when I’m craving some kid lit criticism and thoughts.

Because I”m not sure I even want to pay the high price for the subscription, and because I don’t know what else is out there, I was wondering: what other magazines about books do you read?

I know most of them will be about modern fiction and therefore not interest me all that much. But please do tell me what else you read. I’m curious to know what magazine makes your day.

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  1. Despite being a long-time magazine editor, I’m sorry to admit that at the moment I don’t regularly read any magazines, other than the one I work on. I do love magazines, though. I’ve subscribed to lots of different ones on different topics over the year, but never one devoted to books.

    Once upon a time, I received a wonderful catalog called The Common Reader, which I read as if it were a magazine because the book descriptions were so well-written and they highlighted such interesting books. (I discovered the Morland Dynasty series through them.) Alas, they went out of business, I suspect because so many people ordered the free catalog and got the books elsewhere more cheaply. Personally, I would have happily paid for the catalog 🙂

    As for current magazines, I’ve considered Bookmarks off and on, and from their website it looks like they do profile books by classic authors. I’m interested to see what others mention!

  2. I have a subscription to Bookmarks, which I rather enjoy. Besides reviewing and discussing new releases, they have a few other features I love. In every issues they highlight an author (usually a classic one) and discuss their work. The last issue was Willa Cather, which made me all kinds of excited. They also have a book club feature as well as readers’ top ten lists in different categories. It is a fun magazine and I like flipping through it. 🙂

  3. I have to second Allie’s recommendation of Bookmarks – although it is more heavily weighted toward fiction, but still a great resource, in my opinion.

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