Posted by: nancyisanders | November 4, 2015

Nonfiction for Children’s Magazines: Themes

Many children’s magazines have themes they focus each issue on throughout the year. Check their submission guidelines to keep up-to-date.

If you’re interested in writing and submitting a nonfiction article to Clubhouse Jr., I thought you’d like a copy of what I got today: The list of themes for 2016!

When you write for magazines be thinking at least 6 months ahead. Clubhouse Jr. likes to work far ahead, so aim for 9 months or more if possible. That means look at the list for July and forward. So if you’re working on an idea for them, pray and think about ways to make it fit one of the themes in the last half of the year.

Here they are!

Clubhouse/Club Jr. 2016 Themes

Jan – Living Masterpiece – God’s temple was built with the best materials. Now we are God’s temple. From food to sleep to exercise, we need to fill ourselves with only the best to thrive. Also this month: Sanctity of Human Life. (Eph. 2:10)

Feb – Lifelong Commitment – Relationships need commitment to succeed, whether that’s between family members, friends or God and His people. The results of staying committed can be beautiful. (2 Tim. 4:7)

March – Know It, Grow It, Show It – Building a spiritual foundation allows Christ followers to walk their talk. It’s through a process of learning, growing and bearing fruit that we have an impact for God in our world. Also this month: Easter. (Col. 2:6-7)

April – Family Loyalty – God gives us our families to help us grow. We need to treat our family members better than our friends—not vice versa. Looking at family dynamics in other cultures can help. (Rom. 12:9-10)

May – It’s Just a Game – The family that plays together, stays together. But many games result in hurt feelings. Sportsmanship is important, even in family competition. Also this month: Mother’s Day. (Prov. 24:17)

June – Appreciation – Show gratefulness to those who invest in your life—family, coaches or role models. Also this month: Father’s Day. (Gal. 6:6)

July – Humility – No job is too gross or embarrassing when you’re serving others. (John 13:14)

Aug – Step by Step – Enjoy the satisfaction of setting and achieving incremental goals. Slow and steady can win the race. (Prov. 21:5)

Sept – Good Stewardship – We need to be responsible with how we take care of ourselves, our money, our property and our planet. (Luke 16:10)

Oct – Wipe the Slate Clean – True forgiveness doesn’t hold a grudge. We need to give others a fresh start just as Christ has given one to us. (Eph. 4:32)

Nov – Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself – Navigate and talk through emotional intensity before hurtful conflict starts. Lean on godly wisdom, instead of following natural inclinations. (Prov. 29:11)

Dec – Welcoming Heart – Cheerfully share and invite people into the warmth of Christ. Also this month: Christmas. (1 Peter 4:9)


  1. Thank you for sharing, Nancy! I just got my sample copy of Clubhouse, Jr, but haven’t read more than that one issue. Can you tell me, does every article and story in the magazine relate directly to the theme?

    • Glad you got your sample issue, Sara! I just love Clubhouse Jr.!!!! You should have a good feel for how the articles relate to the theme from the sample you got. From my experience, it seems all the articles loosely support the theme or the holiday during that month. I always try to make my submissions tie into the theme if I know what it is.

  2. Hi, Nancy. Thanks so much for sharing this list with us. You are so good at giving your knowledge to the rest of us. I really appreciate it.

  3. Thank-you so much. This is very helpful.


  4. Thank you for sharing next year’s themes. I will look at the sample and go from there.

  5. You are so very generous, Nancy. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  6. Hi Nancy, Thanks for the theme list. Do you know when they will post themes for 2017?

    • I think they’ll get those ready next April or May…

  7. I’d like to add my thank you for posting Clubhouse Jr.’s theme list. I appreciate your help and encouragement.

  8. Hi Nancy! Thank you for all this very helpful series! It’s been over a year since you first posted these entries – do you think the Clubhouse Jr. editor would still be responsive to hearing that I’m “following” your process in the cover letter? Also, I was wondering if you have (and would be willing to share!) the 2017 themes? Thank you so much!!

    • I’m so glad you’re still finding these posts helpful. And yes! This is timeless…whenever you’re ready, you can mention that in your cover letter. Just know that at this exact moment, the editor there is on maternity leave so the response might be a bit slower. And because of that, they’re not doing themes right now either that I know of. So just submit what God puts on your heart! And in your cover letter mention that if your submission isn’t a good fit, especially if they already have that topic covered, is there another topic they’d like you to write about?

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