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Cool magazines for cool kids.
And not just magazines!
At the beginning of the Year of the Teacher and Mentor, the School Library magazine decided to talk to Alexey Khodorych, director of children’s projects at the Open Systems publishing house, which publishes such well-known children’s magazines as Klassny Zhurnal and PonyMashka, which teachers and librarians often use in his work. The interview was published in the new issue of the School Library, for details on this issue, see the link.
— Alexey, first of all, tell us about two children’s editions that your publishing house produces. How do they differ from other publications existing in Russia?
– There are a lot of good children’s magazines published in Russia. I know about this not only as a publisher and reader, but also as a regular participant in the Magic Word competition for children’s media, which is annually held by the Union of Printing Industry Enterprises (SPPI GIPP) with the support of the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation. Look for the list of winners of this competition on the Internet and feel free to subscribe to the publications listed in it. As far as I know, Chitayka is also planning to take part this year, and I wish you good luck: a wonderful publication that has every chance of winning.
So, all children’s magazines can now be divided into three large groups: literary, where priority is given to the publication of stories and poems, entertainment, where they mainly print puzzles, charades, tests, scanwords, comics, games, and generalist magazines, where there are both.
Our magazines belong to the third type, it is no coincidence that we call them useful entertainment magazines. Class Magazine, for example, stands out for its variety of genres, topics, and headings. Comics, quests, anecdotes, horror stories, detective stories, puzzles, tests, experiments, literature and even news for children — we have it all. The publication tells about the world around us, relationships, science, travel, animals, nature, the mysteries of our world, publishes interesting stories and reviews of children’s literature, as well as board games that can be played by the whole family. Teachers, on the other hand, love us for the headings devoted to life at school and the relationship between children and teachers. It is no coincidence that the materials of these headings were used in one of the stages of the «Teacher of the Future» competition, which was held by the presidential platform «Russia — the Land of Opportunities».
Each issue of the magazine for preschoolers «PonyMashka» is a separate adventure of a funny character, a pony named Mashka, who is interested in everything around. And she, along with her friends — Donkey and zebra Smetanka — helps preschoolers learn about everything in the world. With them it is very fun to learn to read, write, count, draw, and also sculpt, craft and cook unusual children’s food.
This publication is loved by educators and librarians because it helps to prepare well for conducting classes on various topics with preschoolers. Even those libraries that are not subscribed to the paper issue of PonyMashka use electronic versions of the publication to prepare for classes.
A couple of years ago, our publishing house created the program “Journals for School, Kindergarten and Children’s Libraries” especially for libraries, according to which we gave libraries access to electronic versions of our publications. The program is still active and to connect to it, just write us a letter. However, since our publications ended up in the National Electronic Children’s Library, which is being developed by the Russian State Children’s Library, you can watch them there.
Well, I note that, despite the fact that our publications have been participating in the Magic Word contest since 2015, the awards of the contest have only recently been won — the competition is so high. In 2019, Klassny Zhurnal was recognized as the best children’s publication in Russia for middle school age, in 2021 it received the Grand Prix, that is, it was officially recognized as the best children’s magazine in Russia. And in 2022, «PonyMashka» was recognized as the best publication in Russia for the little ones.
— Modern children read less than their peers, which is not encouraging. After all, reading is not just the consumption of information, it is a universal training for the brain. It is children’s magazines that allow children to get involved in reading. But this is also not a panacea, because the retail sales system has been destroyed, and not everyone is used to the subscription yet. How do you see the solution to this problem?
— Your editor-in-chief, Tatyana Dmitrievna Zhukova, knows much more about this: your publication has dealt with these issues more than once, so I will try not to dig deep, but to say what you may not have written about yet. First, the very fact that children used to read more is, in my opinion, debatable. I used to think so myself, until my son and I interviewed the idol of my childhood, the master of children’s prose of the USSR and Russia, Albert Anatolyevich Ivanov. When I asked him the same thing that you asked me, he asked a counter question: how many classmates in my circle actively read. I remembered only myself and my friend. To which Albert Anatolyevich said that in his childhood only he and his friend read in his class.
Secondly, of course, modern children have more temptations: Internet videos, games on the phone, social networks. But they are more often “hung up” by children of the type who used to watch TV or walk continuously. I think that the proportion of actively reading children, if it has decreased, is not at times. And they now have a huge selection of literature. And it seems to me important that these children read the right works. A lot of people are thinking about this right now. For example, recently, on the basis of the Biblio-Globus Trade House, a Family Reading and Children’s Book Club was created, in which, among others, this issue is also discussed.
In my opinion, it is important not only to draw the attention of children and their parents to modern worthy works by Russian authors, but also to draw their attention to Russian classics, which are part of our cultural code and lay the foundations for a correct attitude to life. These classics are studied at school, but children treat them very formally and certainly do not read Pushkin, Turgenev or Paustovsky in their free time. They ask themselves a logical, as it seems to them, question: why should they read this “junk” if there is more relevant literature?
And so, in order to draw the attention of children to Russian classics, in 2019 we came up with the Literary Odyssey project. The heroes of Klassny Zhurnal go back in time, where they meet Russian classics and fully communicate with them, as with ordinary living people, asking them any questions and getting the same answers as if these writers were actually answering.
To be honest, working on such texts and drawings for them is very time-consuming. After all, as a rule, there is not a single book that would comprehensively reveal all these issues. We have to study not only books about these authors, but also their diaries, the diaries of their friends, communicate with specialists from the houses-museums of these authors, with literary critics. Each such illustrated material takes at least a month, and sometimes two. But the result is worth it. Both librarians and teachers have repeatedly noted a significant increase in children’s interest in the works of those writers who fell into the Literary Odyssey. Now 8 such illustrated publications are posted on the Klassny Zhurnal website. As a result of the «meetings» with Chukovsky in Peredelkino at 1960, with Turgenev in Spassky-Lutovinovo in 1881, with Zakhoder in Komarovka in 1983, with Pushkin in Boldin in 1833, with Paustovsky in Tarusa in 1963, with Nekrasov in Karabikha in 1872, with Chekhov in Melikhovo 1895 and with Bazhov in Sverdlovsk in 1946.
In the near future there will be a meeting with Sergei Mikhalkov in Nikolina Gora and Leo Tolstoy in Yasnaya Polyana. All published materials can be viewed by clicking on the link.
But the main thing that we decided to do with this project is to film it, that is, to create a video based on these publications using animation, old photographs and video material. The goal is to make these releases even more effective.
Numerous studies show that children do not read online. We cannot publish these issues in the journal, because they are quite voluminous. It turns out that the main, primary, so to speak, reader of these issues on the site are not the children themselves, but their parents, librarians and teachers, who are already attracting children to these materials. And in order for the children themselves to study the «Literary Odyssey» with great interest, we are planning this film adaptation. With the money of the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives.
It is very difficult to win the PFCI competition, not only the project itself is very important for the experts of the Fund, but also how the issue of its “landing” on the ground will be resolved. So if one of your readers — librarians and teachers — wants to help us, he can write to me at [email protected], and I will keep in mind that a particular person is already waiting for these materials for their work.
— Alexey, you mentioned that children don’t read on the Internet. But both the Cool Magazine and PonyMashka have their own websites. It turns out that expanding the audience of sites at the expense of adults — parents, teachers, librarians — is this the only way for children’s publications?
Yes, there is no other way. All attempts known to me to create sites specifically for children cannot be called successful. That is why both the audience and the content of our paper magazines and their websites differ quite a lot. Of course, we publish some materials from paper editions on the websites, but the rest of the content is original and aimed at the parent-child audience.
Here, first of all, I would like to note the International Short Family Story Competition «We and Our Little Magicians!» Since then, this project has been supported by the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives and the Foundation for Assistance to the Deaf and Blind «Connection».
Both children and adults send us stories for family reading, which we post on the website under the heading «Read like breathing.» At the end of each season, a collection of short stories for family reading with the best works is published. So books have already been published under the title «Children and adults to children and adults», «When I write» and «About my family». They can be read for free on the Ridero platform. In addition, upon request to [email protected], they are sent to school and rural libraries. It was for this project that in 2020 Klassny Zhurnal received a special award from the Family and the Future of Russia competition, which is held by the St. Andrew the First-Called Foundation.
— We know that you have recently been involved in not only magazines and websites, but also cartoons for children. Tell about it.
– Since 2020, we have been making cartoons about the heroine of PonyMashka magazine, a pony named Masha, her friends and parents. We are zealous supporters of reading, but we should not forget about formats that are interesting for children. You can easily find these cartoons just by searching, they are both on YouTube and RuTube.
I am sure that not only children, but also their parents will like these kind and cute cartoons very much. In 2022, we became the winners of the competition of the Ministry of Culture of Russia, we were given a subsidy, so now there will be even more cartoons. But we don’t plan to stop there. In 2023, we plan to make games with the PonyMashka characters part of the PonyMashka project website. These will be not only interesting, but also useful games that teach children how to read and the basics of Internet safety.
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