In Kazoo Magazine’s 2019 “Green Issue—Power, Possibility and Play,” a solar engineer talked about harnessing the power of the sun; teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and the life of pioneering ecologist and nature writer Rachel Carson (Silent Spring) were profiled. British artist Ann Carrington was interviewed about her large-scale sculptures made of “trash,” followed by a series of hands-on art projects using found materials. Readers were asked to imagine and draw their own designs for a new mode of transportation with an “earth-friendly” fuel source. There were facts and figures about the rain forest, instructions for a clean-water experiment and a solar oven, themed jokes, puns, spot the differences, hidden object, and picture puzzles—and more.
In each issue, the artwork is varied and colorful. Articles, stories, puzzles, experiments, and crafts, designed around a theme, entertain while inviting thoughtful participation. Inspiring female scientists, artists, authors, musicians, etc., past and present, are interviewed or profiled, often in an impactful comic strip or graphic novel format. Throughout its pages, this superlative STEAM-centered quarterly “For girls who aren’t afraid to make some noise,” fuels inventive content with a message of empowerment that serves the full range of its target audience, young children to tweens.
Lynne Heffley ©2020 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.