Hello friendly Ages 3 and Up! reader and/or listener!
As you may or may not know, Ages 3 and Up! has been one of several media outlets responsible for spreading the word about better music for kids and families on the radio in Central Kentucky and via the internet to households worldwide for about six and a half years. It has been a joy and a privilege to be able to share music in this way. During the time we’ve been part of the independent children’s media world, we’ve been excited and delighted by a number of projects that were not at all musical. We’ve wanted to highlight those on this blog and in other places, and from time to time we have. I am writing today to tell you that we plan to do more of this in the future. In fact, we’re not even going to wait for the future… we’re going to write about one of those projects RIGHT NOW.
Ladies and Gentlemen of all sizes, I give you BIG Kids Magazine!
BIG Kids Magazine is based in Australia and is, as far as I’ve seen, unlike anything we have here in the US. According to the creators of BIG, it is “a contemporary arts publication for children that will amplify small voices in big ways.” BIG features side by side stories, artwork and interviews of children and artists including dancers, painters, singers, sculptors, actors, photographers, film-makers and writers. It is, in my opinion, an inspiration.
Check out the pages of BIG Kids Magazine below (double click the pages for a better view):
What would YOU do?
As you can see, the magazine is focused on creative arts for kids and their care givers. It seems the idea was hatched some time ago, when one of the magazine’s co-creators was searching for a magazine to buy for her kids and couldn’t find one that spoke of the creative arts or offered a world view other than that espoused by TV, movie, or gaming characters.
Jo and Lilly, the creators of BIG are currently working with their eight year old senior editor to publish the magazine’s second issue, which is devoted to maps… maps of ANY sort! They have issued a call for artwork submissions for their next issue. Details on that can be found here. For even more information and a little bit of inspiration, you might also visit BIG Kids Magazine‘s Facebook Page.