Anorak Magazine


A children's magazine created by artists.

I was a big fan of magazines as a child, but many of the magazines I grew up with are now out-of-print, and many remaining classics have become thin shadows of their former selves. I was really happy to recently discover Anorak, whose richly illustrated issues focus on a single topic and are self-described as being full of “happy stories.” They’re fun, inventive, full of ideas, and many of the stories are in the form of graphic novels.

Anorak was founded by Cathy Olmedillas, a mom and magazine veteran. Her motivation was to find a better way for kids to tap into their own imaginations and creativity, and find a voice for expression. The issues are published five times a year, and past topics have included Jungles, Jokes, and Daredevils. Each topic is brought to life from a stellar list of contributing artists that reads like a “who’s who” of modern illustration.

Kids love the puzzles, games, and the writing. My only problem with Anorak is that my kids fight for it when it shows up in the mail. Now they’re begging me to buy back issues.

Note: The purchase link is for a subscription to 8 issues.