Stew magazine launches for kids

Stew magazine launches for kids

A new magazine for children, featuring regular book reviews and author interviews, will launch in January.
 
Stew, aimed at children aged 8-12, is described as a bi-monthly “educational but fun” magazine by editor Ali Fraser.

Stew will have a 3,000 initial print run and be sold via subscription (£20 per year), and in independent bookshops and museums.
 
Fraser said he decided to create Stew because of the interests of his own daughter. “I have a nine-year-old daughter and wanted to find something for her which was on her level, but I looked around but there wasn’t anything I thought she would like,” he said.
 
Each issue has a dedicated two-page books area with author interviews and reviews of children’s books. The first issue features an interview with Mo O’Hara, author of the Zombie Goldfish series (Macmillan Children’s Books) and a review of her book My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: Fins of Fury (Macmillan).
 
Other reviews include The Ransom of Dond by Siobhan Dowd (David Fickling Books), The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Disney Press) and Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones (Walker),
 
The magazine also has a page on the arts, which in the first issue will look at vampires in fiction, with a particular focus on Bram Stoker's Dracula, as well as features on history and science.
 
The articles comply with the school curriculum and are illustrated by up-and-coming artists, said Fraser.
 
“I knew there was a pool of really talented illustrators coming out of art school every year who want to work in children’s [publishing], so I wanted to tap into that,” he said.