KidsView is celebrating our tenth birthday this month. That makes us about the same age as some of you! While we can’t invite everyone to a party, we can bring the party to you in this magazine. Sit back, read, enjoy, and . . . send us a birthday card!
One summer Adventist Review editor William G. Johnsson went to camp meeting. He met a woman who told him that she loved the Review, but she thought there should also be a magazine just for Adventist kids. Interesting idea, he thought, and in 2002 Johnsson decided to make it happen.
He asked Review staff members Bonita Shields, Kimberly Maran, and Merle Poirier, to create a children’s magazine. After talking about what a magazine for kids might look like, they decided to ask some kids what they thought.
The team travelled to six Adventist elementary schools. The kids they met with told them they liked stories and puzzles. They answered many questions and were very interested in what the name of the magazine might be. Since it hadn’t been decided the team asked kids for suggestions. At the second school, one girl asked, “What about KidsView?” When the name was shared at the next four schools, everyone agreed it was perfect (see page 4). Yay! Our new magazine had a name!
The first KidsView was published inside the Adventist Review in September 2002. It was four pages with everything the kids liked: stories, puzzles, pictures, and a calendar. The staff wanted to make sure it stayed “kid-friendly” so they decided to get a group of kids together to help.
In October of that year, nine kids, ages 8 to 11, met after school in the Review library to talk about KidsView. Their job was important. The kids told the team what they liked, what they didn’t like, what to keep the same, and what to change. They also did some writing and acted as reporters for KidsView. For several years a new group of kids would give the team advice on how to keep the magazine interesting for kids.
In 2007 Bonita Shields left the KidsView staff. Then Wilona Karimabadi joined the team. Karimabadi helped to grow KidsView to eight pages instead of four in 2008. She also created partnerships with the Education Department of the North American Division (they take care of your teachers and your school), the Ellen G. White Estate (they bring interesting stories about Ellen White and the beginning of our church), and Adventist Mission (they give KidsView stories from around the world). She also started a web page (www.kidsviewmagazine.org). And she didn’t stop there; she helped make it possible for KidsView to get into every Adventist school classroom in grades 3 to 6.
We like what has happened to KidsView. Just like you grow up and change, KidsView has grown and changed. Just like you still look a bit like your baby pictures, KidsView still looks a bit like its beginning too. It still talks about Jesus. It still has stories and puzzles. It still has the calendar (everyone’s favorite!).
You know what else has not changed? Kids. Even though that first group of kids is now in college, KidsView still has you and all the kids that have come before you. There will always be kids involved to write stories and send pictures to the magazine. And KidsView loves having kids as friends!
—To read the entire KidsView history, check out pages 18-22 in the August 23, 2012, Adventist Review.
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