Amazing Kids! Magazine

February 2015: Issue #86 – Money, Money, Money!

Hi Amazing Kids!

 

February is the second month of the New Year. Many people as a New Year’s resolution say that they want to get more control of their money. This issue is dedicated to exploring money stories and facts so that we, as kids, can get a better handle on what there is to come. Money can be fun, exciting, rewarding, and yet scary. This issue focuses on making money something you understand and want to explore more. Have fun reading about money terms, funny jokes about money, and money lessons to live by.

In this issue you’ll find a great collection of stories that talk about money. The Spotlight interview with Mark Anthony Grimaldi will cover money issues that concern kids. It is worth reading his answers about what money lessons you should be learning now. You’ll also see in the Global Village column a story about how bartering can be used instead of money. In the AK Adventures Column you’ll see hints on how to get your first job and also in this column you’ll see an interesting adventure into the California Gold Rush. What would a day be like without a little laughter? This month’s LOL column is all about money – check it out! To round out our money issue, be sure to check out the article The Money Making Process  in the Money Smarts column. It will be sure to educate you on how money is made in the United States. I am always excited to bring you well-written articles every month. In this issue, I suggest you read numerous poems in the poetry column. We have been honored to have a great number of poetry submissions lately, and you’ll enjoy the poetry highlighted in this month’s selection. As always, the art column features some awe-inspiring art including some photography by a new submitter to Amazing Kids! Magazine. I hope you enjoy her work as much as we do. In addition, you can read a review about the Oscar nominated movie How to Train Your Dragon 2 by our movie reviewer Perry. Due to great submissions of fiction this month, you will be entertained by a story about a pigeon, a new take on the Cinderella story, and more in the fiction column.

Our new column, Money Smarts has begun to 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.

We are so excited to announce the winners of our Wild Jungle Fall Writing Contest. We had a great number of submissions for this contest and I am so proud of the high level of work. The winners are posted on our website in the Amazing Kids! Contests column. All of the submissions were amazing and we will be contacting many of you to publish your work in future issues. Congratulations to the winners who stood out among some of the best works we’ve seen to date. Be sure to read all the winners because I’m sure you’ll be entertained as much as we were.

Here is a “heads up” on an award for great volunteers –

Nominations are open for the 2015 World of Children Youth Award!  The 2015 World of Children Youth Award recognizes an individual under the age of 21 who is making extraordinary contributions in the lives of other children. To learn more, visit www.worldofchildren.org/youth. The minimum grant is $25,000 and the online nomination system closes April 1 at 11:59 pm PDT. You can nominate someone who qualifies for an award at: www.worldofchildren.org/nominate.

As the author Ray Bradbury said, ” “Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”

So sharpen those pencils and get your mind stirring. I can’t wait to read your new stories. Send them to me at editor@amazing-kids.orga after reading the submission requirements in our Write for Us area under the “Get Involved” tab.

Write On!

Ryan Traynor
Editor-in-Chief
editor@amazing-kids.org