Tell us your favorite magazines and magazine memories as a child and teen.
As part of our celebration of Children’s Magazine Month this October, we are are creating a collection of memories about our favorite magazines as children and teens. MagazineLiteracy.org exists because of these memories and the impact of magazines on our lives – because we remember and know the joy of reading magazines and the influence that magazines had during or formative years. This underscores the importance of reading materials in the home and our keen interest in getting magazines into the hands and hearts of children and families who want to read them.
As the stories of magazine memories are coming in, there are a few common themes and some pleasant surprises – reminders that have teased out some additional fond memories for me.
- The importance of libraries. Many recall finding their favorite magazines on the library shelf each month. It reminded me how much time I spent in the school and community library as a child and how that fostered a life-long love of libraries. Today, my library has a neon “Open” sign in the window. I always look for it and rarely can pass on the temptation to stop and browse. Not far from here, a library has closed its doors – which I found unimaginable and deeply sad.
- As children and teens, we looked forward to the pictures in magazines as much as the stories. How often do you find yourself leafing through magazine pictures that draw you in to read the caption, then to find the caption in the story and then to explore the article? In magazines, there are pictures worth a thousand words and words worth a thousand pictures.
- Even as children, we were drawn to consumer magazines that our parents received. There are many stories about Life magazine and Readers Digest. As teens, we read Popular Mechanics and Scientific American and Road & Track and Gourmet, to name a few.
- We loved the contests and the ads at the back – about hovercrafts, x-ray glasses, and newspaper delivery jobs.
What are your magazine memories?
|Education, literacy, and magazine leaders are marking the sixth anniversary of Children’s Magazine Month this October by mobilizing teachers, librarians, and school children, worldwide, to organize KinderHarvest magazine recycling projects to collect magazines for new readers. The magazines recycled by school children in their classrooms and school libraries will be given to other children and families in nearby homeless and domestic violence shelters, and to food pantries for distribution inside bags of groceries. Local organizers will create and decorate KinderHarvest bins from recycled boxes, and post stories and photographs about their magazine recycling projects online at childmagmonth.org. The project will grow throughout the school year, culminating with a tally of the number of magazines recycled to new readers on Earth Day 2008.
The international magazine harvest for literacy has been given an early boost by Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, a former migrant farm worker who graduated from Harvard Medical School and is now a leading neurosurgeon and brain cancer researcher at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. Dr. Quiñones will help to inspire students in his hometown of Baltimore and across the globe to organize KinderHarvest collections.
Children’s Magazine Month Assembles 200,000+ Magazine & Reading Leaders to Reach for Common Goals
Building an international coalition of magazine, reading, and community stakeholders to reach common recycling and literacy objectives has been made possible by this year’s celebration of Children’s Magazine Month, which was inaugurated by the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), and is co-managed by the Magazine Publishers Family Literacy Project (MagazineLiteracy.org). The idea of celebrating Children’s Magazine Month has brought together an influential group of magazine and reading leaders with the connections and clout to mobilize a massive recycling campaign for child and family literacy, worldwide. Along with the AEP and MagazineLiteracy.org, the group spearheading the project includes the International Reading Association, the Magazine Publishers of America, the American Association of School Librarians, Get Caught Reading, and the International Federation of the Periodical Press (FIPP). The groups will engage their well over 200,000 members to help change the world, one magazine at a time.