An inspired and inspiring new magazine “for girls who aren’t afraid to make some noise,” Kazoo made its crowd-funded launch in 2016. No fashion or beauty tips here, and the only celebrities interviewed in these pages are accomplished women such as U. S. Senator and former military helicopter pilot Tammy Duckworth, Brazilian painter Beatriz Milhazes, author Margaret Atwood (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), and Misty Copeland, the American Ballet Theatre company’s first female African American principal dancer. Topics are categorized under such labels as “Explore,” “Tinker,” “Write,” and “Roam.” Recent topics included the difference between fact and opinion, and an introduction to biomechanics in relation to the workings of the human body. An example of the magazine’s top-notch fiction, intended for reading aloud or independent reading, was award-winning author Jane Yolen’s story about a young girl who reasons through solutions to a life-threatening hot air balloon mishap. A bright color palette, eye-catching graphics and clear readability do justice to substantive content that is all about encouraging young girls to cultivate their strength and curiosity about the world—and to speak up and speak out as the smart, self-respecting human beings they have every right to be.
Lynne Heffley ©2018 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.