Children's Magazines Top Educational Gift for Kids this Holiday Season

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The Tessy & Tab Reading Club is a great gift for children ages 2-6. This magazine for kids is an early reading program based on the Six Skills of Early Literacy. Kids magazine subscription are a great holiday gift choice for parents and grandparents alike, and Tessy and Tab is twice as nice as it comes in the mail, addressed to the child, 24 times a year.

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The books are absolutely fabulous and teach my little 3-year-old numbers, letters, and the sounds the letters make. Every 2 weeks she gets her brown envelope with Tessy and Tab on there and she goes ballistic. We stop whatever we are doing to read the magazine right then and there. It is so nice to see her respond this way to books!

Holidays are a time when grandparents, aunts and uncles are looking for a fun and educational gift for young children. Children's magazines have been a classic gift for decades. The newest choice, The Tessy & Tab Reading Club Magazine for ages 2-6, improves on this classic gift by doubling the mailings to two issues per month, and using stories and activities that build the Six Skills for Early Literacy recommended by teachers and librarians.

"We were given a subscription to Tessy & Tab for my daughter last year. It was the best gift she could have ever received!" writes Laura N. of Washington D.C. "The books are absolutely fabulous and teach my little 3-year-old numbers, letters, and the sounds the letters make. Every 2 weeks she gets her brown envelope with Tessy and Tab on there and she goes ballistic. We stop whatever we are doing to read the magazine right then and there. It is so nice to see her respond this way to books!" Early Reading Program

This sentiment, echoed by thousands of subscribers nationwide, is what motivated the founders of Blue Lake Children's Publishing to launch The Tessy & Tab Reading Club in 2002. "Kids love to get mail, and so magazines have an inherent ability to spur a child's interest in reading" explains Judy Johnston, Publisher and Co-founder. "Our research showed that today's kids need a magazine that comes more frequently and that reflect modern life in order to compete with the electronic media vying for their attention. Like all the DVDs and video games targeted at young children, little kids needed a magazine that they can read all by themselves, even before they can read words."

The company worked with teachers and librarians to create a format that pre-readers and early readers can master. Each issue features Tessy the duck and Tab the kangaroo in a preschool life experience. They visit the doctor, go to preschool, play outside, make stuff and even get in trouble. The stories are fully illustrated so that a 2-year-old can follow the narrative. Each issue contains a finding game, story questions, a featured letter and number. Because the format is the same for every issue, children can read them independently. The On an Airplane issue can be viewed online at The Tessy & Tab Reading Club carries no advertising.

"Each magazine has an extension to their lives" say Johnston. "For the Making Pizzas issue, the recipe is online with a video of 5-year-olds making pizzas just like Tessy and Tab. For our Stop Bad Habits issue, a printable 10-day Tracking Chart is on our website, just like the charts Tessy and Tab got at school to help them stop picking their noses, biting their nails and sucking their thumbs. These extra touches are fun for kids, and much appreciated learning tools for parents."

Subscriptions are $48 per year for 24 issues ($2 per issue). The first issue comes with The Parent's Guide to Building Early Reading Skills. Order online at Tessy & Tab.com

About Blue Lake Children's Publishing:
Blue Lake Children's Publishing was founded in 2002 to create ways for today's kids to "Love words early." Their first product, The Tessy & Tab Reading Club for preschoolers, is a twice-monthly magazine for ages 2-6. Their second product, Clark the Baby Shark, is a series of reading toys for babies and toddlers built on dialogic reading systems recommended by early literacy experts.

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