National Wildlife Federation's Kids Magazines Win Parents' Choice Awards

Ranger Rick, Your Big Backyard, Wild Animal Baby and Just for Fun win gold and silver awards

03-10-2011 // Mary Burnette

The 2011 Parents' Choice Awards for magazines have been announced and National Wildlife Federation won three golds and a silver for it’s children’s publications. Ranger Rick, Just for Fun, and Your Big Backyard all received gold awards. Wild Animal Baby won a silver award. 

April 2011 cover of Ranger Rick

The judges had the following comments about NWF’s publications:

Ranger Rick - Is a time-tested and notable offering for children ages 7 - 10 interested in learning about wildlife. It includes comic strips, stories with photographs, craft ideas, games and puzzles as well as some reader-submitted content. Its photos and layout consistently impress.

Just for Fun - Impressive all around is Ranger Rick's Just for Fun, a cleanly organized periodical with a variety of challenging puzzles designed to develop observation and problems solving skills - hallmarks of good scientists. Each of the four issues is seasonal, and geared toward children aged seven to fourteen. That's a surprising range, at first glance, but the magazine adroitly caters to both ends of it.

Your Big Backyard - The extent of information presented is well suited for the intended audience. The overall design is quite pleasing and easy to follow. Color choices are bold, but wise; photos and illustrations are both of excellent quality. The recurring games and activities, such as "My Little Book" and "Family Fun Guide," provide learning opportunities that extend well beyond the printed page.

Wild Animal Baby - Well-constructed for its young audience's little hands, the pages are thick and its new binding is sturdy.

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