If you have a daughter between the ages of 5-12, who you want to encourage to be fierce and strong, you are going to want to check out Kazoo! This young girls’ magazine celebrates girls for being strong, smart, fierce and, above all, true to themselves.
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Our Girls Need a Young Girls’ Magazine that Inspires Them
Kazoo’s stories are all either created or inspired by awesome female scientists, artists, explorers, athletes, chefs, activists, writers, and others. Science experiments, comics, art projects, recipes, interviews with inspiring women from Olympic athletes to astronauts, and fun activities, such as secret codes, jokes, mazes, search-and-finds and more are regularly featured in this young girls’ magazine. There really isn’t another magazine made today like Kazoo!
This is the reason founder Erin Bried decided to create Kazoo. In the spring of 2016, she could not find a cool young girls’ magazine that she liked to read together with her 5-year-old daughter. Erin has nearly 20 years of experience as a writer and editor and knew she could do better than the princess and makeup kind of magazines that she found on the shelves.
After launching a Kickstarter campaign, she raised over $170,000, becoming the most successful journalism campaign in crowdfunding history. She set out to create a magazine that doesn’t tell girls how to look or act but instead inspires them to be strong, smart, fierce and, above all, true to themselves. She succeeded!!
Kazoo’s first issue, printed in Vermont on 100% recycled paper, debuted in Summer 2016 and promptly sold out! The quarterly print magazine went from 2,500 subscribers in 2016 to 14,000 today and was nominated for a 2017 National Magazine Award. Kazoo is the only kids’ magazine in history to win a National Magazine Award for General Excellence (2019). Kazoo has also won two consecutive Parents Choice Gold Awards (2108, 2019), and it was named one of the “Hottest Launches of 2016” by MIN.
So why do we need a magazine like Kazoo?
Erin states on her website, “When girls are young, they’re not afraid to ask for what they want. They’re not shy about taking up space or making noise. They own their bodies and are proud of what they can do, how fast they can run and high they can climb. They ask questions (and, as any parent knows, sometimes endlessly). And yet, by adolescence, too many begin to question their own voice. The fallout is real.” You can read the alarming stats she gives on her page about the effect this has on our girls.
She believes by celebrating girls for all that they are—smart, inquisitive, creative, brave, strong and, yes, loud—Kazoo will help shore up their foundation, so that by the time they enter adolescence, they’ll be more likely to question anyone who makes them feel small than they’ll be to question themselves.
Erin wants to see girls grow up to be part of Congress, in the modern arts, and engineering professions, cinematographers, writers, etc. All of which today are extremely filled by men. By filling these roles, we will encourage the next generation to see themselves in positions of power. Girls need role models to look up to so they believe that they are not the exception when succeeding in these careers! Kazoo will feature some of the most powerful and inspirational women in their fields, consequently giving girls a more well-rounded view of the world and the possibilities within it.
You can read an outstanding interview Erin had when she sat down with The League of Badass Women who awarded her the title of Badass Woman of the Month: Kazoo magazine’s Erin Bried.
With each quarterly issue of Kazoo, you get 64 pages of ad-free content. Yes, that’s right, they are 100% ad-free. While most magazines are paid for through advertisers they are not relying on ads. Currently, they are only printing a few thousand issues at a time so their per-issue printing costs are much higher than major publishers as well.
Kazoo is also printed on FSC-certified 100% recycled paper in Vermont because they want to make the world a better place for our kids. Finally, it’s important for them to pay their contributors—the designers, photographers, and illustrators, most of whom are women—fair wages. Erin also wants Kazoo to be widely available to all kids of all economic backgrounds, so they donate 500 copies of every issue to First Book, a not-for-profit that provides reading material to children in need.
You can read more about this in her interview with Folio Mag.
Where did the name Kazoo come from?
The cool thing about a kazoo is that everybody already has what it takes to play one. Just breathe, and its loud, happy sound comes automatically. They want girls to feel the same way about their own voice—that they already have everything it takes to use it. There is a tremendous amount of power—and joy—in making noise.
Sorry! You won’t find one. This is because, by the time your kid is finished reading Kazoo, she will have drawn on, colored in, glued and even cut a few of the pages. So in order to save your iPad, they will not be putting out a digital version! This is an interactive, fun, hands-on young girls’ magazine that your girls will engage with and will keep them away from the screen!
Book Coming Soon!
Noisemakers: 25 Women Who Raised Their Voices & Changed the World – A Graphic Collection from Kazoo takes a look at the lives of 25 extraordinary women through the eyes of 25 extraordinary comic artists. It will be available in hardcover, paperback, and kindle for girls 8-12 years old. The book will be released on February 4, 2020. Preorder now on Amazon!!!
Have your kids read Kazoo? Do you think it is important for all kids so see women doing great things? Do your kids have female role models in what they are reading? Have a question or comment for me? Leave it below!!
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