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.