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Magazine Memories

What were your favorite magazines as a child and teen?

MagazineLiteracy.org exists because we remember and know the joy of reading magazines and the influence that magazines have had during or formative years.  It underscores the importance of getting reading materials into homes that have few and our mission to get magazines into the hands and hearts of at-risk children and families who want to learn and love to read.

We are are collecting memories about our favorite magazines as children and teens, and now.  Complete this form to tell us your favorite magazines and magazine memories for display on our website.

As the stories of magazine memories are coming in, there are a few common themes and some pleasant surprises.

The importance of libraries.  Many recall finding their favorite magazines on the library shelf each month.  It reminds us how much time we spent in the school and community library as a child and how that fostered a life-long love of libraries.

Magazines are visual. As children and teens, we looked forward to the pictures in magazines as much as the stories.  How often do you find yourself leafing through magazine pictures that draw you in to read the caption, then to find the caption in the story and then to explore the article?  In magazines, there are pictures worth a thousand words and words worth a thousand pictures.

Magazines for every age and interest. Even as children, we were drawn to consumer magazines that our parents received.  There are many stories about Life magazine and Readers Digest.  As teens, we read Popular Mechanics and Scientific American and Road & Track and Gourmet, to name a few.

We loved the contests and classifieds – about sketching, hovercrafts, x-ray glasses, and newspaper delivery jobs.

  • Rocking the Boat

    501(c)(3) charity
    Bronx, NY
    Serving roughly 75 boys and girls (high school)
    Magazines Requested: Wooden Boat magazine, Fine Woodworking, Sail, National Geographic

  • Crittenton Women’s Union

    501(c)(3) Charity
    Boston, MA
    Serving Mothers from age 19-40 and children from infant to 5 years old. Most of the children are between 1 and 2.5 years of age.
    Needs: New or recycled magazines for 58 mother and 52 children.
    Magazines Requested: Magazines appropriate for children and toddlers. Magazines about nature, fashion, beauty, exercise. African American specific and Latina specific magazines. Any general women’s interest magazines.

  • Santa Barbara School of Squash (SBSOS)

    501(c)(3) charity
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Serves: Students from 4th to 12th grade
    Needs: Magazines for 36 students year round
    Magazines Requested: Any magazines about nature, sports, education, travel, or wildlife

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