KidsView is the Adventist Review’s full-color, eight-page edition just for children. Geared toward kids ages 8-12, it’s packed each month with news, devotionals, interesting church history, stories, puzzles, and student writing samples from Adventist elementary campuses around the world. Started in 2002 by then content editor Bonita Joyner Shields and current content editor Kimberly Luste Maran and designer Merle Poirier, KidsView has seen steady circulation growth over the past six years. In January 2007, managing editor and marketing director, Wilona Karimabadi joined the staff. One of the most exciting developments for KidsView is its recent inclusion in all North American Division Adventist elementary schools for grades 3-6 classrooms. KidsView also expanded from four to eight pages and with special sections devoted to displaying special classroom writing assignments, Adventist missions, and church heritage.
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Wilona Karimabadi has worked on KidsView since January 2007. She gets to edit copy, talk to KidsView reporters, plan issues with Kim Maran and Merle Poirier, test out the puzzles and put together our monthly calendar. She is also responsible for KidsView’s first website! In addition to all that fun stuff, she gets to make sure kids all over get to know KidsView and helps their parents buy it for them. Mrs. Karimabadi lives in Ellicott City, Maryland with her husband and two kids—Mia and Javad. When she’s not working on KidsView, Mrs. Karimabadi writes for Adventist Review and Adventist World and works on those websites too. She likes to exercise, read, bake, and watch the Food Network.
Kimberly Luste Maran is an assistant editor of the Adventist Review and Adventist World magazines. She is also the content editor for KidsView. What does that mean?
It means that Mrs. Maran (or “Kim”—what everyone in the office calls her) spends most of her day editing articles that other people write, or communicating with authors on topics and articles they’ve already written. She spends a lot of time using e-mail to talk with the writers and send files to the magazine designers. Mrs. Maran also checks the content (articles, calendar, puzzle, etc.) of KidsView to make sure we print the best stuff we can.
When she isn’t working hard at the office, Mrs. Maran spends lots of time with her three daughters and husband. She also likes to read, teach Sabbath school, play soccer and chew Extra watermelon flavored gum. She has to remember to take the gum out during meetings so she isn’t tempted to blow bubbles!
Merle Poirier designs KidsView so it is fun to read. When not working on KidsView she keeps busy with Adventist World. There are more than 2 million copies sent around the world each month and Mrs. Poirier makes sure they get where they are going on time. Her husband, Tim, works in the Ellen G. White Estate. They have two girls, Ellen and Lisa, and one parakeet, Buddy, who thinks he’s a dog.
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