New Moon (magazine)
July August 2012 cover
|Editor||Girls Editorial Board (GEB for short)|
|Country||United States, but is read by girls across the world|
The first issue of the magazine was published in March, 1993. It was started by Nancy Gruver, Joe Kelly and their daughters Mavis & Nia. The magazine consists of 36 pages and contains no advertisements. It is edited by the Girls Editorial Board, a group of girls ages 8–14. About 90 percent of the magazine's content is contributed by girls, and submissions from readers are encouraged. Magazine issues come in the mail every two months and are sold online and in many chain and independent bookstores in the US and Canada.
New Moon is based on the belief that girls need to express themselves and need to be respected. New Moon’s mission is “To help girls discover their unique voices and express them in the world.” It is a small company, and in September, 2008 created a COPPA-compliant online creative community for girls that is fully moderated by adults. On the site, girls from around the world have the opportunity to create and share stories, poems, illustrations, audio and video clips, and "sticker" (message) each other.
New Moon is the only magazine to be a seven-time recipient of the Parents' Choice Foundation Gold Award. Since its first year of publication, New Moon Girls magazine has received accolades from educational foundations, publishers' associations, and organizations concerned about the well-being of girls in the world.
New Moon's Girls Editorial Board chooses a different theme for each issue and features articles that relate to the theme. Recent themes have included "The Power of Pretend", "Girls' Choice Book Winners" and "Inner Beauty".
Regular departments include "Body Language," which explains the physical and emotional changes that happen during childhood and puberty; "Global Village," which introduces readers to girls from other countries; "Women's Work," which profiles a woman in an interesting profession; "Herstory," which introduces readers to little-known women from history; "Girls on the Go," which covers girls' activism and adventure stories; and "Science Side Effects," which contains a science experiment girls can try at home. Other regular departments are "Ask a Girl", where girls give each other advice on problems, "Voice Box", where girls debate topics like allowances, "Luna's Art Gallery", art submissions from readers, and "Girl Caught", where girls improve their media literacy by identifying ads and products that are respectful and disrespectful to girls and women.
Each January/February Issue is themed on growing up/the future. Each May/June issue is an inner beauty issue. Formerly, this issue featured reader-submitted "25 Beautiful Girls".
The magazine's content and online features are written primarily by girls and selected by the Girls Editorial Board - a team of about 30 girls ages 8–14. They also create content to be featured on the website, and help promote the magazine and website through posters, word of mouth and the Internet.
The online community includes many of the articles published in the magazine over all the years - it provides more than 20,000 pages of writing, poetry, opinions, advice, photos, art and videos by girls. The online community is fully moderated by specially-trained adults and is safe and appropriate for girls ages 8 and up. The heaviest contributors of girl-created content to the site is by girls ages 10 and up. Girls of all ages are welcome with parent/guardian permission.
- Parents' Choice Foundation Gold Award for Best Children's Magazine, 2008.
- Minnesota Magazine Publication Association: Silver Excellence Award for Best Single Topic Issue, January/February 2007 and Bronze Excellence Award for Best Regular Column-"Go Girl!"
- Parents' Choice Foundation Silver Award for Best Children's Magazine, 2007
- Golden Lamp Award - The Association of Educational Publishers, 2006
- World Summit Award of Appreciation from Images and Voices of Hope - "Magazine that is Transforming Public Space," 2006
- Parents' Choice Foundation Approved Award Winner, 2006.
- Minnesota Magazine Publication Association Gold Excellence Award for Best Regular Column – "Body Language" Silver Excellence Award for Best Special Issue – "25 Beautiful Girls", 2005.
- Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award, 2005.
- Parenting Media Award Winner, 2005.
- Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award, 2004.
- Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award, 2003.
- Educational Press Association of America, Best on-Themes Issue Finalist, 2003.
- "Real Girls at New Moon Magazine, What Matters Most is What Girls Do and Say". Pioneer Press. May 1, 2005.
- Neal, Rome (February 11, 2009). "Teens Bask In 'New Moon' Glow". CBS News.