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We bring heartfelt literature and art to children all year long. Hooray!
In the wind issue, we gaze at the sky, trying to read the weather. We think about traveling to distant lands on the back of the invisible force that is the wind. We make flying fish who swim in flying lakes! 40 full-color pages of beauty and life.
The target audience for each magazine is children ages 4–8, or children who are being read to and/or are just learning to read—but because children are never far from their siblings and caregivers, we created a magazine that can be enjoyed by all ages, from 1 to 100.
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Here is a fish wind sock to share! Click to download the PDF, print it out, then follow the instructions!
And if the wind is blowing through you, try bundling up with Arden! Click to download, then print and cut out.
Issue 12 Contributors
Alan Bagnall (Visual Encyclopedia poem) is a poet and storywriter for children. He lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
Heather Feinberg (Ammi) is a mother, counselor, writer, educator, and the founder of Mindful Kids, a non profit organization in Austin, Texas, whose purpose is to help children (and the child inside us all) discover their voices, access their power, and most importantly, connect to their inner knowing.
David Gregal Jr. (Ask Arden art) lives in Washington, DC. At the end of the day, he loves reading books with his wife and two kids before bedtime.
Katsushika Hokusai (mission page) was a Japanese painter and printmaker who loved to create waves and mountains. He lived from 1760–1849.
Ken Horne (Visual Encyclopedia art) is a father, artist, and social worker who lives on a farm in Charlottesville, Virginia. In his free time he enjoys growing things, daydreaming, and visiting with his three dogs, three cats, two chickens, and two donkeys.
Abbigail Knowlton Israelsen (Visual Encyclopedia, Move art) is an artist who lives in the forest of Indiana. Abbi likes to look for fossils, mushrooms, and geodes with her three children.
Jonathan James (Horse mask): interdimensional space squirrel; illustrator.
Petya Kazantseva lives in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her passion is drawing and creating. She loves to travel and dream of everything beautiful, but mostly she finds her magic when being around friends. Petya adores life, and she has promised herself that she will turn all the impossible into the possible.
Lida Larina (Cover, Root & Star comic) lives in Russia. Every day, Lida walks her best friend—her black dog named Babai. After their walk, Lida draws the sleeping Babai.
Courtney Mandryk is one of the makers of this magazine. Once, she hurt her hand and could not use it for over a year, and now it has magic powers (though it looks like a normal hand). She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Valdas Misevičius(You Are A Poet etchings) was born in Klaipeda, Lithuania. He worked as a film and video editor until he bought a small etching press in 2011 and began making etchings and drypoint.
Ellis Paul (Pinwheel song) is a famous folk musician and songwriter who loves to travel and perform live. He finds a friend in every town!
Natalie Rosa (info page photo): Natalie, Remy, and Kemper are always ready for an adventure, especially if it involves patterns, colors, creating, running, jumping, skipping, giggling, and including everyone!
Christina Rossetti (Who Has Seen the Wind?) was an English poet who lived from 1830–94.
Heather Franzen Rutten (Simple Gifts art) is an artist and illustrator living in Philadelphia. In her free time, she likes playing video games and attending orchestra concerts.
Page Turner is an assemblage sculptor based in Roanoke, Virginia. Turner’s sculptures have been exhibited widely in Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, and have been featured in a variety of publications.
Susan Watts (kites and tornado) lives in the woods with her family of three, and their dog makes four. She loves being inspired by nature, creating things with her son—and the dog along to supervise.
Lindsey Yankey (Bluebird) grew up in rural Kansas and currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, cat, dog, and their jungle of plants. She finds inspiration in nature, animals, books, people, and traveling. Her most recent books are Sun and Moon and Bluebird.
Christine Hartzler Woodruff is one of the makers of this magazine. She is a mother, writer, and editor (and sometimes a painter) who just moved to Santa Fe. Living in the high desert, she feels like she has finally met the wind.