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Aquila Children's Magazine
The original logo for the magazine.
Editor Freya Hardy & Benita Estevez
Categories Children's Magazine, Education, Science, Reading, History, Nature
Frequency Monthly
First issue June 1993
Company New Leaf Publishing
Country United Kingdom
Based in Eastbourne
Language English
ISSN 0965-4003

Aquila is a monthly UK-based educational children's magazine that offers an alternative to mainstream publications. It is for boys and girls of 8-13 and features puzzles, fun facts and activities - and is advert-free. Each issue revolves mainly around a specific topic, for example Captain Cook, Science Special, The Equator and Medieval Times - all covered in 2013.

The "lively and informative" magazine is aimed at bright pre-teenagers interested in hobbies beyond pop music and soaps, who "need to be able to feel good about themselves" and to realise that "there are other children out there like them" according to D J Taylor's article in The Telegraph in 2003.

Aquila was established in 1993 and is owned and run by New Leaf Publishing Ltd, a small independent publishing house situated in the coastal town of Eastbourne in England. ATE Superweeks, a UK summer camp provider, works in association with Aquila magazine to run an annual summer camp. In 2012 the camp was called The Eco-Venture and had a focus on the environment.


Aquila peers into the past....

A history feature which spotlights many different topics and famous people. Past examples have included the invention of the metric system and Queen Elizabeth I.

Just Think

Aquila also has a feature called "Just Think..." (later "Just Think About..."), which introduced basic philosophical concepts, which disappeared in September 2017 and made a comeback in February 2018 with new art.

Science Scene

A topic–related page introducing scientific ideas and famous scientists, often including a practical experiment, for example clouds and static lightning. Examples have included a biography of Alfred Nobel and a page explaining how carbon atoms work.

Things to make

Arts and crafts page, with creative projects (for example a rooster kite), methods of painting, and sometimes includes biographies of famous artists.

Astra's Guide To Space

This pages explores stars, planets and their moons, with up-to-date information of the latest NASA projects and findings. It has featured facts about the planets, black holes, dinosaurs, gravity, and the question "is there life on other planets?"

Our World

Discusses important environmental issues, and themes such as evolution, how people live and their beliefs in countries worldwide, archaeology, wildlife projects, time etc.


A monthly spread full of word and logic puzzles, general knowledge – all topic related. Answers appear at the inside back cover of the magazine.

Book Club

Run by Wordworm, this section interviews authors of certain books, for example The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon. It is supported by Book Trust.


Every month a two-page story from new writers, often running to two monthly parts.

Aquila News (previously Over To You)

A page where readers can send in letters, reviews, stories, or poems.

Pen Friend Club

Readers who are looking for penfriends send in details of their name, age, interests and what sort of penfriend they are looking for. This item appears very occasionally, and has now disappeared due to the growing number of 'Aquilanauts' or readers of Aquila.


Each magazine features competitions. Every year, there is a "Finish the Story" challenge. Winners are always credited in later magazines and often their practical work will be reproduced.

Features that no longer exist


Once a feature related to English, in the earliest issues, Wordworm's pages regularly featured a list of words linked to the month's topic, with multiple choice definitions. The reader then had to identify the correct definition.

Magic Maths (previously Fun with Maths)

A page usually featuring number puzzles, but also occasionally introducing mathematical concepts and explaining them in detail. Examples of factual pages have included a feature on prime numbers, and the Golden Ratio. Very occasionally, the page featured a biography of a famous mathematician. In later issues, it moved to the back of the magazine, and became half a page, and in September 2017, it was replaced by an activity to make a pomander, and finally disappeared altogether to make more room for Aquila News.

It's The Law

In older issues, "It's The Law" occasionally replaced Aquila peers into the past..., and it explained the laws that may affect Aquila readers, and how laws are passed.

On Track

An occasional feature which outlines the basic principles of many different sports from football to the less well known, or even invented games.

In Tune

A music page called "In Tune" runs occasionally. It has covered famous composers, choir singing and making music.

Paws for thought

The office terrier named Pepe has his own page where he has tips for pet owners, and articles about animals.
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