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Looking for the perfect gift for the young reader in your life? Back by popular demand, for a very limited time this holiday season, subscribe to Illustoria, the beloved art and storytelling magazine for children and their grownups, and get Dave Eggers’s timeless kids’ book The Lights & Types of Ships at Night for one unbeatable bargain price!

You’ll get three issues celebrating visual storytelling, makers, and DIY culture through stories, art, comics, interviews, crafts, and activities geared toward readers ages 6-12 and the young at heart over the next year, starting with llustoria #16: Music. While you wait you can tide over veracious literary appetites with this book “soaked in candy-colored lights and childlike hyperbole in service of beauty.” Act quick before this deal passes by like ships in the night.

Here’s a look at what your young reader can expect first:

Illustoria #16: Music
Illustoria #16: Music is our loudest issue yet! Find something that moves you in this issue all about music: musical costumes, instruments, inventions, and poems about underwater bands of rockin’ jellyfish.

Our guest curator, Shawn Harris, collaborates with writer Colin Meloy to prove that everyone can be a musician with their rad how-to zine, interpreted by four different artists. Peruse instruments from around the globe. Read interviews with a music ethnologist and album cover artists. Discover divas of disco and the world’s most danceable music. Make edible disco balls with Dog Chef, and invent your own Fictophones (imaginary instruments) with our story-starter cards.

Enjoy trying to answer the impossible question, “What IS the world’s most danceable music?” Gather friends to try our DIY line dance moves, and grab your closest instrument (or kitchen pot) and get ready to groove in our issue filled with rhythm and energy.

Praise for Illustoria magazine

Listed as a best gift for kids by The New York Times 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

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

Praise for The Lights & Types of Ships at Night

One of NPR’s Best Books of 2020

“We chase the idea of beauty across the world, ship by ship, culture by culture, light by light… Each of Dills’s double-page images show[s] us a glowing, soft-focussed wonder.”
The New York Times, Brian Selznick

“You may have heard of Dave Eggers. You may also have heard of this book, soaked in candy-colored lights and childlike hyperbole in service of beauty. Eggers takes the rudimentary idea of a picture book about boats and turns it into a collection of nighttime images that seep off the page into your dreams. Unforgettable.”
Betsy Bird, Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library, and the former Youth Materials Specialist of New York Public Library

“Eggers’s engaging grandiosity, wry humor, and pitch-perfect pacing is seamlessly matched by Annie Dills’s luminescent illustrations.”
Lisa Von Drasek, Curator, University of Minnesota, Children’s Literature Research Collections

“With infectious enthusiasm the reader is led on a luminescent global journey from one shimmering seascape to the next. Seldom is the hidden magic in everyday things highlighted so brightly. All while learning a thing or two about the diversity of ships across the world.”
Derek Spinei, Archivist, Los Angeles Maritime Museum

“The first boats only had the stars and moon to light the way at night. They are still there, you can see them watching over the amazing scenes that leap off the pages in Dave Eggers’s new picture book about boats. Annie Dills’s creations will light up anyone’s imagination, where boats will take on a new life, after dark.”
David Payne, Curator-Historic Vessels, Australian National Maritime Museum

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IMPORTANT LOGISTICAL INFORMATION: Subscriptions placed before January 31, 2022 will begin with Issue #16: Music. 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 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.