Welcome to The Little Shelf

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Fun, intelligent & beautifully illustrated magazines

To inspire, collect, share & love 

The Little Shelf is an online newsstand for independent children's magazines that focus on delivering quality content, illustrations and materials. Our selection is handpicked and each magazine is original, creative, engaging and challenging for kids (and their adults!), and make great gifts for that bight, inquisitive, young human in your life.


These magazines are for keeps and are aimed at empowering our young people so they can become the role models who inspire future generations.

If you have a favourite independent magazine you'd like to see on The Little Shelf get in touch here.

Happy reading!

Magazines on The Little Shelf



An empowering publication for kids

Bravery Magazine aims to empower children to work hard to follow their dreams.

Bravery is a colourful and lively independent magazine for boys and girls aged 4-9. Each quarterly issue is dedicated to a brave woman and features stories, illustrations, activities and DIYs to explore her life and work.

Bravery is a resource for adults to learn about the celebrated woman to assist children in engaging with her story in a playful, creative, and personal way.

Find out more at Bravery Magazine

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A bi-annual print magazine for teen girls (and older!) filled with personal stories and advice from women who have been there.

For each issue women from all walks of life are invited to write about what matters to them — sharing their learned wisdom and perspectives formed by their own experiences of womanhood. There are lists, pieces of poetry, personal stories, reflections, lessons learned, tributes, interviews, and creative activities. The pieces are intimate, vulnerable, hilarious, raw, honest, and inspiring.

Dear Lois features a strong design aesthetic and a spacious, easy to read lay out.

Find out more at Dear Lois

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A fun and quirky bilingual magazine.

Grilled Cheese is a triannual kids magazine entirely produced and printed in Montreal, and as such, it’s in both english and french. Great for kids practising either french or english.

Each issue has a great retro feel thanks to it’s two colour aesthetic printed by risograph, a process that layers transparent inks to create a range of shades. This printing style gives each magazine it’s own unique style and texture. After printing each issue is then assembled, bound and cut by hand, thinking of the little readers who will read them.


Each Grilled Cheese issue has two editions one for ages 2-4 and another for 5-10s. Each tailored to the age group and features so many fun and funny ideas to keep kids busy. 

Find out more at Grilled Cheese Magazine.

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A magazine for creative kids and their grown ups

Illustoria Magazine celebrates visual storytelling, makers and DIY culture, and engages children's creativity through stories, art, comics, interviews, crafts and recipes


It is a tri-annual publication for children aged 6-12, (or the young at heart!) and each issue explores a theme, accompanied by articles to challenge and inspire the reader.

Illustoria invests in collaborative efforts between adults and children to nurture and express creativity.

Find out more at at Illustoria

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