There are many exceptional literary and STEM?and STEAM?centered children’s magazines out there that I wish I had grown up with; Kazoo, “for girls who aren’t afraid to make some noise,” is one of them. Every issue of this quarterly encourages young girls to think, get creative, be inspired, and celebrate their strengths through hands-on activities, brainy puzzles, and questions and topics to think about and respond to. In 2018, readers could construct a wooden catapult, a balloon-powered car, and a rubber band-powered motion machine; to explore the laws of motion, they could build an “inertia tower,” a “carnival striker,” and a Newton’s cradle device. Among an eclectic roster of notable women profiled (many in graphic novel style) were Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Eleanor Roosevelt, Julia Child, civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, Rosa Parks, Ellen DeGeneres, and New York chef and restauranteur Libby Willis. Themes were reflected in the magazine’s cover titles: “The Small but Mighty issue,” “The Action Issue,” “The Happy Issue,” and “The Magnificent Mistakes issue.” Artwork and graphics throughout are a visual treat: bright colors, and varied illustrative and font styles in a clean, eye-pleasing design.
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.