Listed as a best gift for kids by The New York Times 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Illustoria is an art and storytelling print magazine for all ages, suitable for readers as young as 6 years. Packed with stories, comics, DIY projects and interviews orbiting a central theme—this magazine aims to incite curiosity and ignite creative response.
Here’s what readers will receive first:
Illustoria #17: Senses
Dip, dive, revel, roam, and deeply immerse yourself in the visual, tasty, and sumptuous feast that is Illustoria #17: Senses. Peel back the cover, listen to the colors… and see for yourself!
Learn more about Michael DeForge in our cover artist interview, and meet guest curator Lauren Tamaki, who invited four new artists to envision their personal “Garden of Earthly Delights.” Cook up ideas for tactile adventures with Dog Chef, and hear Broccoli Guy talk about ways to enjoy rainbow carrots. Visit our DIY sensory corner for tips on crafting a calm mood, and listen to our playlist recommendations as you absorb and revel among these pages.
Coming up in 2022:
Illustoria #18: Rainforest
Features cover art by Laura Carlin, a London based ceramicist and artist.Illustoria #18 will explore the diverse range of life in this endlessly fascinating ecosystem.
Illustoria is the official publication of the International Alliance of Youth Writing Centers, publishing writing and art by young people alongside accomplished professionals.
Looking to get caught up? Bring home the last two issues of Illustoria for one low price with our latest catch-up bundle. For Issues 1-8, and to keep up on the latest news and blog updates, visit Illustoria.com.
Praise for Illustoria magazine
Best Gifts for Nine-Year-Olds—Wirecutter
“The best kids art & storytelling magazine out there.”
—Wendy MacNaughton, Draw Together
“[A] beautifully produced print magazine that invites young readers to revisit arresting pages again and again… Illustoria is a visual feast, with a focus on storytelling through art and literature. In addition to crafts and art projects, Illustoria presents stories through comics, and profiles illustrators, artists, and makers… [with] messages of compassion and inclusivity… bursting with creative ideas and inspiration.”
—“Our Favorite Gifts for 6- to 10-year-olds,” Wirecutter, The New York Times
“Each stunning issue is something you’ll proudly want to display on your bookshelf.”
— “20+ of the Coolest Magazines For Kids, From Toddlers to Tweens,” Mother
“This is the kind of magazine you keep on your bookshelves with your favorite books.”
—Cece Bell, author of El Deafo
“It’s a rewarding offering that I hope sticks around for many years down the line.”
—Julie Danielson, Kirkus Reviews, blogger of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
“[A] visually exciting magazine with a DIY attitude… offer[s] plentiful opportunities for engagement, while the quality artwork and inventive layouts are sure to inspire imaginative responses.”
—School Library Journal
“Cover to cover, its content and aesthetics are smart, modern and engaging. Illustoria is a magazine I would’ve loved to have growing up.”
—Michelle Sterling, Avery & Augustine
IMPORTANT LOGISTICAL INFORMATION: Subscriptions placed before June 1, 2022 will begin with Issue #17: Senses. All subscriptions to Illustoria magazine automatically renew after three issues. In the event of any future rate changes, we will notify you via email. If you’d like to cancel your subscription at any time prior to its auto-renewal, you can log in to your account and adjust your subscription settings. Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “End Illustoria Autorenew.” Or call (415) 642-5609. Refunds will be accepted only up until the first issue of your renewal is shipped. Any subscription purchased with the “gift” option marked at checkout will not be enrolled in autorenew.
International shipping costs for a three-issue subscription: $30
Giving this subscription as a gift? Click here to download an official printable PDF gift notice.