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National Geographic Kids is a children's magazine published by the . Its first issue was printed in September 1975 under the original title National Geographic World (which itself replaced the much older National Geographic School Bulletin, published weekly during the school year from 1919 to 1975; currently National Geographic produces a separate magazine for classroom use called "National Geographic Explorer," in four separate editions for different grades).

The magazine was published for twenty-six years as National Geographic World, until the title of the magazine was changed in 2002 to National Geographic Kids. In a broad sense, the publication is a version of , the flagship magazine of the National Geographic Society, that is intended for children.


Publication and readers[]

National Geographic Kids publishes ten issues annually. The headquarters of the magazine is in Washington, D.C. As of June, 2006, the magazine reports a circulation of more than 1.3 million in English, with an estimated English language readership of more than 4.6 million. There also are eighteen editions of National Geographic Kids in languages other than English, published in , , , , , , , , , , , /, , , , , , South Africa (two editions), and the . The magazine is written for children between the ages of six and fourteen. It has an advisory board of 500 subscribers and solicits reader feedback after each issue.

The magazine recently launched a spin-off, National Geographic Little Kids, targeted toward children under kindergarten age.

In 2009 the magazine launched their first called National Geographic Kids Almanac 2010. In 2010 the almanac continued with an updated book, National Geographic Kids Almanac 2011. There have been new updates to the almanac issued annually since then.

List of world atlases[]

  • World Atlas 1st Edition
  • World Atlas 2nd Edition
  • World Atlas 3rd Edition (2010)
  • World Atlas 4th Edition (2014)


Cover of 1978 edition of National Geographic World, known as National Geographic Kids since 2002 featured a sculpture by from its lead article

These are some of the regular features, most of which appear periodically,

  • Amazing Animals
  • Fun Stuff (formerly called "Kids Express")
  • The Inside Scoop (formerly called "World News")
  • Kids Did It!
  • Go On Safari!
  • What in the World (this is one of the two features to appear in every issue)
  • Video Game Central (formerly called "The Next Level")
  • Weird But True
  • Cool Inventions
  • Stupid Criminals
  • Just Joking (this is the other of the two features to appear in every issue)
  • Sports Funnies (comical pictures of people in sports)
  • Guinness World Records
  • Wildlife Watch
  • Unleashed (a comic strip about three house pets that is designed by )
  • Naughty Pets (funny photos of pets doing something bad)
  • The Green List
  • Bet You Didn't Know (similar to Weird But True, but issue seasonal)

Anniversary issues[]

The twenty-fifth anniversary issue in September, 2000 was well publicized. It featured a "Top 25" list of the things readers most enjoyed (the magazine covers were #1) a collection of cards people had sent to the magazine, and a special "Kids Did It" column that featured updates on the lives of celebrities who had been featured in the magazine when they were children, such as .

The thirtieth anniversary issue in September, 2005 featured an article describing what life might be like in thirty years (in 2035). It also featured thirty "cool things" of the future.

See also[]


  • National Geographic Kids Media Kit URL accessed on November 16, 2007

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