Helping kids to grow imaginatively, mentally and morally, while being at the same time affordable, safe and socially sound--this list sounds like a parent's holy grail of unattainable qualities to look for in children's products.
Yet Imagine, the magazine for gifted teens published by Hopkins' Center for Talented Youth, was recognized recently on just such criteria in winning a 2001 award from the Parents' Choice Foundation.
Published since 1993, Imagine is designed to help academically talented middle- and high-school students make the most of their precollege years and prepare well for the future. In five issues each year, Imagine covers topics ranging from academic competitions and summer programs to college advice and career profiles. Imagine is largely student-written and contains no commercial advertising, features that set it apart from many other teen magazines. More than 7,000 students subscribe.
CTY's Melissa Hartman, editor of Imagine, said, "Our student readers and their parents have been telling us for years how useful Imagine is, and it's a real thrill now to be recognized by a group as influential and respected as Parents' Choice."
Other publications spotlighted in 2001 by the Baltimore-based foundation included Highlights for Children and National Geographic's World.
To take a look at Imagine, go to www.jhu.edu/gifted/imagine.
For more about the Parents' Choice Foundation, go to parents-choice.org.