Kiki: one fun magazine

I recently got a copy of Kiki magazine after reading about it someplace and thinking it sounded like fun. It is a magazine for tween girls that is part fashion, part crafts. The fashions, though adorable, were modest and young-girl appropriate. The issue I saw had ways to jazz up normal clothes, art lessons, and a fair bit of informative stuff about other countries. My girls enjoyed paging through this magazine. Tightwad that I am, I’m still trying to decide if I am going to pay the $24 a year that the subscription costs. But if you have a tweenish daughter who is interested in fashion and art, and you’ve been trying to find an alternative to the typical ‘teenage’ magazines, Kiki might be just the magazine for you.

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  1. Good to know. How many issues per year is a subscription?

  2. There are 4 each year.

  3. Wowser…that is a bit steep. But, after checking out the website, it looks like they give you a good amount of bang for your buck. I’m like you,though. The tightwad inside of me is screaming, “That’s $6 an issue!”

  4. We like the American Girl magazine here at our house for our “tweener”. It cost about the same for 6 issues. My daughter pores over it though and can’t wait for the next issue to come. I justify it with the fact that many girls her age are reading magazines that I don’t feel are age appropriate,self image appropriate,with the right clothing choices, and not pure or Christlike. I love reading this magazine with her too. It has been money well spent at our house. We also love the magazine Family Fun. It has tons of craft and cooking ideas for kids and is relatively inexpensive too. Alecia Chaffee

  5. Dear Owlhaven,

    Thanks so much for your comments about Kiki Magazine. To tell you the truth, the subscription price is something we’ve had discussions about since starting the magazine, and would welcome additional comments from you and other parents acquainted with your site.

    While we have had companies contact us requesting information about advertising in the magazine, we have not aggressively pursued accepting advertising to date.

    Our core mission is to provide in each issue a wide range of age-appropriate topics; among them art, crafts, fashion fix-its from girls’ own closets, healthy habits, business topics, international travel and culture. Other pages are dedicated to journalling, drawing, puzzles and activities. Each quarter, we’ve averaged 72 pages per issue of pure editorial and fun.

    Also as an FYI, with just three issues published, we’ve been awarded an iParenting Media “Best Products of 2008” award, and a Parent’s Choice Gold Award.

    Given all of this, it sounds as though our subscription price is high enough to make you think twice about subscribing. Should we incorporate advertising to be able to offset some of the charges we absorb in producing the magazine? Although we believe and live the core mission of the magazine everyday, reality dictates that we are also a new business trying to provide the best product we can in tumultuous economic times.

    Thank you again. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely,

    Amy Mauch, Business Director
    info@kikimag.com