I do have a really cool job. Working on a magazine for children for which our whole aim and focus is to connect them to Jesus is one of the greatest things I could be doing. What do I love best about it? First of all, I have a wonderful team! Working with Kimberly Luste Maran and Merle Poirier is lots of fun. We tend to talk through ideas for issues and often e-mail our thoughts about things back and forth. I put the manuscript together and work with our partners to make sure we have everything we need from them. Kimberly takes care of our adaptations of stories and devotionals from the Adventist Review (made special, just for you!), and she’s also our puzzle genius. She gives the magazine a great read-through along with our copy editors, and then the magic happens. KidsView wouldn’t be KidsView without Merle Poirier, who, like one person said, makes it look pretty—pretty outstanding! KidsView is important to this church and to the Adventist Review because kids are important. That’s all there is to it, and we hope to keep putting this magazine out for you for a long time to come.
Pastor Bonita Shields was part of the team that dreamed up KidsView and got it going back in 2002. Though she no longer works with us, she isn’t too far away, actually. She’s right down the hall where she works on your Sabbath school quarterly! She was kind enough to share her favorite memories of KidsView with us. —Editors
One of my favorite memories about KidsView is that of bringing the kids who were members of our KidsView board into the General Conference every other month for our meetings. I would meet the group in the lobby and have them follow me up to the second floor to our department’s conference room. It was such a cool sight to see a group of kids walking the halls of their church’s world headquarters to make a contribution to their church magazine! Their role was not symbolic. Some of these kids knew as much graphic lingo as we did! I remember one 10-year-old member reacting to one of our mock-up pages, “You know, this font doesn’t work. It really needs to be changed.”
Working with Kim and Merle was such a fun experience, and one of the creative highlights of my editing years. We had the fun of starting a magazine from scratch! Our roles were fluid, depending on the needs, so I can’t remember what title I went by. But that didn’t matter. The three of us would sit and brainstorm, dream, laugh, write, rewrite, and plan. And Merle would make it all look pretty!
I’m quite thrilled to see how KidsView has expanded and is being enjoyed by many more kids. Wilona, Kim, and Merle are doing a fantastic job! Keep up the good work! And may God use KidsView to help as many kids as possible know that they are part of God’s people now, and they have a contribution to make to His work now!
My strongest memory of KidsView, after designing more than 115 issues is the way God has answered my prayers. It isn’t easy to come up with new logos, creative ways of design, and never repeat an idea. Many a night I would go to bed praying for an idea, only to wake up with a complete picture of how the issue should look. God has blessed us at KidsView!
Working for KidsView is awesome! In addition to getting to work with two talented friends, Wilona Karimabadi and Merle Poirier, each month I get to help edit the magazine’s content, comment on the design, create puzzles and “rewrite” the Review’s adult content for children. What a fun challenge! I have to transform, for example, a 2,500-word article from the Review into a 400-word, kid-friendly story! Oh, and what about the puzzles? My favorites are word searches and mazes—and a math one I did several years ago about the tower of Babel.
I also love hearing from people who like KidsView—and it’s great when they pay attention to what we produce! Someone once came up to me and started talking about my favorite gum, which is watermelon-flavored. Puzzled, I asked how they knew this. Their response? They found the info in KidsView!
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