Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Review and giveaway (closed): Discovery Girls magazine and books


Congrats to my winner: Shelly
 
Even though it's been a few (okay, a lot) of years since I was a pre-teen or middle-school-aged girl, I still remember that time quite vividly! I had lots of good friends and enjoyed my school and teachers, but it was still such a time of uncertainty and learning and figuring out life.  My parents were always available to talk with, but I know there were lots of things that I didn't know how to bring up or that I was uncomfortable discussing with them. I wish that Discovery Girls magazine had been around back then! It's such a wonderful resource for girls ages 8 through 13. Here's a bit about Discovery Girls, from its some information that I received:
Discovery Girls is a national magazine aimed at girls between the ages of 8 and 13. Our mission is to inspire and encourage girls to be more confident and resilient and help them deal with those difficult situations that all girls run into growing up. We give them advice and wholesome content addressing everything from peer pressure, to hairstyles, to future careers. 

Most importantly, much of our content comes from the girls themselves. Their embarrassing moments, their questions answered and statistics gathered from their answers to our questions, polls and surveys. All this content helps connect them to each other and realize they're all going through the same thing in their own unique way.

We also feature real girls on the cover and in every issue. We choose 12 girls from a specific state to inspire our readers, and we never put celebrities on our covers!
I received the February/March 2011 issue of this magazine to look through.  There are actually two options available for the magazine, one geared toward girls ages 8 and up, and a special middle school edition for those 11 and up.  The two issues are largely the same, but there is some extra age-appropriate material in the middle school edition.

I read through both versions of the February/March issue and was very impressed by what I saw. When I was a kid, all the magazines for pre-teen/teenage girls were all about fashion and makeup and things like that. These magazines are really different. They address issues that real girls have, in a great way.  There's a lot of emphasis on true friendship and honesty and being true to who you are. And there are a few articles on fashion in there too!  I think the articles would be a great education and encouragement for any young girl.

Discovery Girls also has a line of books, called the Fab Girls Guides. Here's some information about those:
The middle school years—and the growing pains and social turmoil that come along with them—can be one of the most difficult times in a girl’s life. Many tween girls depend on friends and family to provide guidance and support, but no one has all the answers all the time. That’s why we created the Discovery Girls Fab Girls Guide book series—to give tweens easy access to simple, practical advice that will help them survive middle school and emerge stronger, more confident, and more resilient.
I received one of these books, called Friendship Hardship, which is about dealing with problems in friendship and making/keeping true friends, and about how to be a good friend. As with the magazines, I was really impressed with this book. Again, there's lots of emphasis on honesty and being true to yourself and not just going along with the crowd.  I though the issues that the book raised were really realistic and that the advice was really good.

I'd definitely recommend these magazines/books for any family with a girl in the 8-13 age range.

And I have some good news for you guys! One of you will win a one-year subscription to Discovery Girls magazine, as well as one set of the Fab Girls books! Open to US mailing addresses only, please.


Mandatory entry (must be done for extra entries to count):
Let me know what special girl you'd give this magazine/books too!


Extra entries (please leave a separate comment for each one that you do):
1. Follow me publicly with Google Friend Connect
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Giveaway will close at 9 PM on June 4, 2011. I'll choose a winner with random.org and will email that person who will then have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received this product to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

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