Eco Kids Planet Magazine
Eco Kids Planet is a large format, 36-page kid’s nature magazine published in the UK.
Its aim is to introduce children to the wonders of nature and encourage them to actively protect their planet. Each thematic issue presenta four main interrelated, in-depth articles on an eco-system; the shorter, regular columns/departments also touch on the main topic. For example, with The Nile River as the theme of issue #55, feature articles focus on the really big animals that live along and within the Nile. There’s an article on the sacred animals of ancient Egypt, an “interview” with a Mile Monitor Lizard, and a diary-style presentation on Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda. Supplementary material included a “letter” from an African sacred Ibis, telling a first-person account of its life. There’s an explanation of the interrelated eco systems along the Nile, an info graphic on animal gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt, and an article on the Nile Lechwe (an endangered aquatic antelope). In the magazine’s regularly featured comic strip, Amelia The Fox, time travelled back to ancient Egypt for a lesson in papyrus paper making. And to further encourage learning by doing, a paper cut-out project involving a Baobab tree, printed on detachable thicker paper, as well as several pages of related games, puzzles, art projects, are on hand.
Other recent issues focused on marine animals, rainforests and the evolution of life. Eco Kids Planet is beautifully designed and laid out, with stunning color photos, expertly researched, realistic illustrations, and an overall writing style that honors children’s intelligence, while stimulating their natural curiosity for the world around them.
Lahri Bond ©2020 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.