Baby's First Magazine
● By Rick McGarry
Highlights for Children has a new publication for children age 0-2. It's called Hello and it contains pictures, poems and songs for babies. The magazine is printed with non-toxic ink containing soy and vegetable oils on durable, washable paper with rounded corners and soft, stitched binding.
Professor Samir Husni is founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi’s School of Journalism. “The magazine is filled with things very young children can grasp and grow with. It displays the hope we have for the future through our children,” he explains. He selected it as one of the five most notable magazine launches of 2012 from among 870 new magazines introduced last year.
The magazine contains colorful images, age-appropriate stories, and fun activities parent and child can enjoy together. Each issue is mailed cleanly wrapped and made of a safe, durable material with rounded corners and no staples.
Highlights designed the new magazine to encourage quality time together, engage babies and young children visually, support early language development and help parents teach their kids about the joys of reading. Each issue includes story-time tips for parents, and in addition, expert advice from pediatricians, psychologists and educators is printed inside the magazine’s envelope.
Features include short, read-aloud stories with simple pictures, lyrical poetry with vivid illustrations, and a version of hidden pictures for babies. Click here to see a digital sample.
Hello also has been recognized as a 2012 winner of the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award, and received the Magazine Innovation Center’s inaugural Award for Innovation in Print.
Subscriptions are $35. More information about Hello can be found at www.highlights.com/hello