Founded by Ashley Aikele (art director) and Elyse Beard (editor-in-chief) with Kickstarter funding, this fresh new addition to the field of children’s print publications is notable for its visual appeal and intriguing, substantive content. Since its launch in late 2017, Bravery has reached out to boys and girls with smart puzzles, stories, building, crafting, and outdoor activities; and other features designed to spark creative thinking, problem solving, and an awareness of a complex world. At the center of each issue are lively, in-depth profiles of “real, brave women” of notable accomplishment (primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, scientist, animal husbandry expert, and autism spokesperson Dr. Temple Grandin; artist Frida Kahlo; and American astronaut and medical researcher Mae Jemison). Interviews with kids reflect the magazine’s slogan, “Be Your Own Kind of Brave”: a 6 ?-year-old boy who raises money to help protect frogs and frog habitats, a confident, self-advocating 7-year-old girl with “limb differences,” an 8-year-old boy who is on the autism spectrum. Unusually, the magazine offers a supportive section just for parents, with soulful essays, illustrations, quotes, activities (how to create a digital self-portrait), and thoughtful worksheet exercises reflecting the issues’ themes (practicing patience, building persistence and resilience, using “curiosity to move through fear,” and “loving who you are, broken places and all”). Inserted in each magazine is a collectible card with information about the featured woman; a smaller card is printed with the inspirational message, “I see bravery in you.”
Lynne Heffley ©2019 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.