Amazing Kids! Magazine

December/January 2014/2015: Issue #85 – Underwater Adventures

Hi Amazing Kids!


December and January are full of wonderful holidays that hopefully will bring you much joy. Many students will also have some break time for classes. I hope you’ll use this time to write some fabulous stories we can publish in Amazing Kids! Magazine. Just submit them to me at  after reading the submission requirements in our Write for Us area under the “Get Involved” tab.

I am honored to start as your new Editor-in-Chief after writing for the magazine for the past 5 ½ years. I want to thank Sharon Lin for her efforts in leading the magazine for the last year as Editor-in-Chief. She has been an excellent coordinator and has worked hard to offer you an excellent quality magazine. I am lucky that Sharon will be staying on with the magazine. Although her other commitments are taking more of her time, luckily she will still be an ongoing contributor.

This combined December/January issue is about Underwater Adventures. In this issue you’ll find a great collection of stories that highlight the excitement, beauty, and adventure in the underwater world. You can read two exciting real stories about brand new underwater discoveries in Megan’s article called A Search through the Seas and in my article called The Franklin Underwater Expedition. Make sure you also check out the awe-inspiring art available in our Amazing Artists column. The art editor, Ioana Ciora has won international awards and creates some of the most fascinating pieces you will ever see. In addition, you can read a review about the new movie Boxtrolls by our movie reviewer Perry and enjoy some holiday magic in our fiction stories Christmas on Douglass St. and Present Gone Missing.

Some exciting news – we’re adding a new column. This month we are introducing the new column called Money Smarts which will help kids manage their money, understand how the financial system works, and how to plan for the future. Feel free to send me your money stories or suggestions on what to cover in future issues.

The deadline for submissions to our Wild Jungle Fall Writing Contest has passed and the judges are busily reading all the excellent submissions. We will post the winners on our website with the February issue and contact those who submitted stories once judging has finished. The submissions are amazing and we’re so proud of your efforts. Good luck to all who submitted stories to the contest!

As the author Henriette Anne Klauser said, “The best antidote to writer’s block is … to write.” So sharpen those pencils and get your mind stirring. I can’t wait to read your new stories. Send them to me at


Write On!

Ryan Traynor