When my own children were small I tried to provide them with a variety of reading materials. They had subscriptions to several magazines as well as a nice assortment of books, many softcover. To preserve these books and magazines, I turned to one of my favorite household staples . . . clear contact paper. The stuff is amazing. Every month when a new magazine would arrive, I’d nab it from the mailbox and cover it in contact paper (on both the inside and outside cover pages) prior to giving it to the kids. As a result the covers were practically indestructible as well as water proof. I was able to pass most of the magazines down the line and out the door to other families with children.