A Northwood resident has launched a children’s magazine in the hope that she can bring a diverse voice to children’s publishing.
Koolfi Club which takes its name from Indian ice cream kulfi was founded by mum of three Nishika Patel after she noticed the lack of minority representation in children’s publishing.
Nishika who launched the first edition last month said the magazine aims to feature a range of characters, information and history which have been underrepresented in other children’s publications.
She said: “It is well known and there have been recent reports as well that children’s publishing needs to do more to address minority characters and have minority writers.
“I was sat with my son flicking through books trying to find more information about India and I just really struggled to find relevant information.”
Nishika added that she would have enjoyed the magazine as a child and that it helps to build on the historical curriculum which children experience at school.
She said: “It’s probably something I would’ve liked to have read growing up. Not only does it tackle the lack of minority representation but it also provides information that perhaps children don’t get in the curriculum.
“I know there is a big push for the history syllabus to be changed and I do have a large section covering Indian history.”
Nishika added that the magazine is not only educational but is designed with interactivity in mind.
She said: “My son is six and he really loves it. There’s lots of hands-on activities, recipes, short stories, colouring and puzzles.”
Currently the magazine is published on a bi-monthly basis and whenever you chose to subscribe you will start from issue one allowing you to follow the chronological history section.
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