Tween magazine reviews: American Girl Magazine

November 30, 2012 in tween magazines

Time for another magazine review. But first, general thoughts on magazines for tweens.  Every magazine has the potential to print advice you don’t like. I doubt there is a magazine out there that always writes what I agree with. For that reason, any magazine you get a tween girl is something you should glance over yourself. Pay special attention to the advice columns and the ads. I know this takes time, but moms, in a few short years, you will no longer be the most influential person in her life. You will no longer be the first person she talks to. Take advantage of these years to have hard, meaningful conversations. Develop the habit of listening to her views and sharing your yours. If there is something in a magazine you disagree with, prayerfully consider whether is it a rip- it- out- issue or a talk- it- over issue. Sooner or later she will hear and see whatever issue you are avoiding, maybe you should chat.

Soapbox done. Let’s get on with the reviews.

American Girl Magazine is a great magazine for the youngest tweens. It may also be the best choice if your girl is especially crafty. The American Girl website says it is the most popular magazine for girls 8-12. It is full of cute animal pictures, crafts, and stories with mom-pleasing lessons. Follow your dream admonishments, express-your-style ideas, and fun things to make for your favorite dolls abound. The advice column deals with anxiety over moving, sibling rivalry, annoying classmates, and changes in friendships.

Cover headlines from the March/April 2012 issue includes:

  • 17 crafts to make with tape
  • Start your own business
  • A book of baby-animal posters
  • Beautiful dyed-eggs

Content from the January/February 2012 issue includes:

  • “Try out this step-by-step on a friend, and soon you’ll be a braiding boss.”
  • “Grace, Emily, Mary Claire and Anna M. are 11-year-old identical sisters. They have the same birthday, the same hair, the same giggles, and even freckles in the same places on their faces. They all love to have fun, but each likes to be herself too.”
  • A 9-year-old girl asks what to do after boy “asks her out.” She says she isn’t ready for a boyfriend. AG’s answer? “It’s really just a matter of saying no to something that not right for you. And the right way to do that is to be polite but direct. ‘That’s really nice! But I have to say no-I’m going to wait until I am older to have a boyfriend.”

I like the American Girl magazine for tweens. She will probably want to move onto another magazine like Discovery Girls somewhere between 10 and 12. I also think this magazine is a bit pricer. It is about $22 dollars for just 6 isssues (after shopping around I found it for $16.60 here). These magazines are timeless. If your daughter loves them, check them out from the library.

Check out other magazine reviews on Pruning Princesses:

  • Discovery Girls
  • Seventeen
  • Girls’ Life
  • BYOU


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Blond Duck November 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I loved that magazine as a girl!


pruningprincesses November 30, 2012 at 2:17 pm

You are making me feel old. I didn’t even know what an American Girl doll was as a girl!


thedoseofreality November 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I absolutely ADORE American Girl magazine! My daughter and her BFF both gave each other subscriptions last year for Christmas, and we have loved receiving it! 🙂 Great post!


Nikki December 1, 2012 at 4:38 am

I LOVED receiving magazines growing up! I would pour over them relentlessly. I remember my favorite one being Brio Magazine — I’m not sure if Focus on the Family still puts that out. Anyway … they would have articles in there where people would submit poems and I remember discovering then that maybe I wanted to be a writer some day…


pruningprincesses December 1, 2012 at 5:16 am

Nikki, Focus discontinued Brio almost a decade ago. There is nothing like Brio now. The former editor of Brio has a magazine she started called Suzie Q, but it doesn’t have nearly the following that Brio did. I wish Brio was still around. I think it is awesome that you first discovered one of your loves in a magazine.


Nikki December 1, 2012 at 5:23 am

Oh my, now I feel old! 😉 So sad they discontinued it… thanks for filling me in! and am trusting your girls will discover loves, too!


Jo, My Gosh! December 1, 2012 at 4:43 pm

American Girl Magazine (and the dolls) was a highlight of my childhood. It used to be my dream to write for them!


pruningprincesses December 4, 2012 at 11:43 am

This might reveal my age, but growing up, I didn’t even know what an American Girl Doll was. But it is definitely a positive company that does quality work. I am thankful for them (though my daughter hates how they retire dolls).


Pam December 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm

My daughter loved American Girl magazine when she was younger. I’m glad to hear it’s still a good one. Great review.


Tragic Sandwich December 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm

From the time I started speaking, my mother made sure that no question or topic was off-limits. I knew what her values were, but I also knew I could count on her to love me and listen to me no matter what.

I think that’s one of the most important things a parent can do, and you can’t start too early–because all too soon, it’s too late.


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