By J.G. Noll
When Janine Boldrin started the children’s magazine, Military Kids’ Life, she wanted the tone around the military experience to be different. She wanted to showcase the positive, upbeat side of military life that kids experience– even while exploring tough issues like moving (again) and deployment. And she wanted military kids to tell their stories– not have their stories told to them.
Four times a year, Military Kids’ Life hits shelves and mailboxes across the world with stories written by military kids, for military kids. (A few of the articles are written by military-connected adults.) The art and photography are done by military kids and military spouses, and every issue features military children who are doing amazing things.
This year, Military Kids’ Life was awarded Parents’ Choice’s prestigious silver award, citing the “mix of advice columns, interviews with families posted to faraway assignments, short fiction about military families, and a cover story about a military child.”
The Parents’ Choice Awards are judged in a multi-tier process, resulting in four different distinctions “designed to help parents and caregivers of all achievements and backgrounds make informed decisions about which new products are right for their children.”
The award, Boldrin emphasized, proves that “our military kids’ writing is right up there with all of these great magazines… We’re excited about the award, we’re excited to be recognized, we’re excited for the kids to be recognized. We’re excited for the photographers, who are all military spouses.”