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 six 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 #19: Cats & Dogs
A deluxe double issue for dog AND cat lovers featuring cover art by Jon Klassen.
Are you a fan of felines? Start from the cat side, and read about the cat heroes from your favorite fiction. Check out the factoids section for astonishing news about world-record-breaking kitties. Navigate a cat face maze and make origami cats from sticky notes. Are you devoted to pups? Flip the magazine over to delve into the inner lives of canines, with art curated by Nathaniel Russell. DogChef demonstrates paw-print cookies while also sharing behind-the-scenes tales in an exclusive interview! Try out our story-starter cards for writing exercises, hear what student writers from around the world have to say, and check out recommendations for pet-themed books.
Illustoria is the official publication of the International Alliance of Youth Writing Centers, publishing writing and art by young people alongside accomplished professionals.
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
Get the next three issues of Illustoria AND the next four issues of McSweeney’s Quarterly for one unbeatable price with the Illustoria-McSweeney’s Combo Subscription.
IMPORTANT LOGISTICAL INFORMATION: Subscriptions placed before 12pm PST on January 31, 2023, will begin with Issue #19: Dogs & Cats. 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 email@example.com with the subject line “End Illustoria Autorenew.” 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.