Ask a child what he or she wants to be when they grow up, and you’ll often get a reply that reflects the world he or she sees regularly in real life or in the media: a doctor, a policeperson, a teacher, or the president. So how do we expose our little ones to the creative world and some of the more unconventional paths that might elude our own family on a regular basis? A gorgeous new print magazine called Illustoria will help unlock a world into visual storytelling, DIY activities, and inspiring tales of artists who make the process and their own influences approachable. Comics, stories, interviews, and illustrations are artfully arranged, making Illustoria a joy to page through multiple times.


The forces behind Illustoria say it’s “a magazine for creative kids and their grownups.” Although we all know that most children are inherently creative, and that it’s usually the grown-ups who need work on thinking outside the box, we love that the magazine can become an inspiring way for everyone in the family to become motivated to try something new, whether it be a novel recipe or a DIY activity like making seed bombs. The magazine shows (literally) steps in the creative processes that many of us are unfamiliar with, such as how ideas for book illustrations begin and are then translated into art, and how a musician began the process of learning the cello with his mom at the age of four. Created by Joanne Chan, a former children’s book editor at Lucasfilm and mom of two, Illustoria includes interviews with musicians, illustrators, chefs, and more, demonstrating how these talented individuals found their passion and profession in life. Illustoria is a magazine that will make reading time alongside your kid educational, interesting, and a feast for the eyes. You’ll find yourself looking forward to cozying up with your crew to flip through the pages before branching out to try a variety of creative pursuits and activities with this beautiful magazine as your guide. For ages 6 and up.

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