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THIS KICKSTARTER HAS ENDED. If you would like to subscribe or buy a copy of KOOKIE — a fun, 'feminist' magazine with a mission to celebrate all a girl can be — head to our website www.kookiemagazine.com
THIS KICKSTARTER HAS ENDED. If you would like to subscribe or buy a copy of KOOKIE — a fun, 'feminist' magazine with a mission to celebrate all a girl can be — head to our website www.kookiemagazine.com
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KOOKIE: An inspiring new print magazine for pre-teen girls

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One ambitious publication, two editions, in Australia and the UK.

In a world that too often says there’s only one way to be a girl (you know, pretty in pink), we're creating a magazine that stands apart with smart, gender-neutral content that encourages curious, confident girls.

Welcome to KOOKIE, the magazine where girls can find themselves reflected as strong, capable individuals. It's a magazine with a mission: to celebrate all a girl can be – whether she's passionate about science or sport, art or astronomy, history or hip hop, whether she likes digging in the dirt or building castles in the air.

Featuring powerful stories of inspirational girls and women, KOOKIE gives its young readers a well-rounded and optimistic sense of their place in the world.

KOOKIE is published in December, March, June and September, in the UK and Australia. It's the same lively magazine, with local features keeping content relevant for readers in each region.

Every issue is packed with stories that build a girl’s confidence, teach her skills and connect her with other cultures. We've got interviews with inspiring role models around the world, profiles of history’s pioneering women, plus topical debate, quizzes, competitions and more. KOOKIE is surprising, informative and fun, a keepsake magazine that tweens will treasure.

It's a magazine for girls and by girls. Our readers are our interviewers, writers, artists and photographers, alongside an international team of talented and creative women.

Our launch issue is 52 fun-packed pages, including:

    • An exclusive interview with dance legend Darcey Bussell by KOOKIE's ace reporters, Zoe and Sasha, age 12! 
    • ECHO – a comic about finding your voice by Rachael Smith 
    • Threads of Time – an intriguing short story by children's playwright Sue Murray 
    • Debate – should mobile phones be allowed in school? Girls, speak up!
    • KOOKIE reader interviews with super STEMette Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE (UK) and plant research scientist Dr Zoe-Joy Newby (Australia)
    • Hero of History – meet Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia, in an illustrated story by Madeleine Karutz 
    • Let's Fix It – kids come up with ways to fix the problem of plastic in the oceans, with advice from Amy and Ella Meek, tween founders of Kids Against Plastic
    • Rad Girls - meet the KOOKIE girls who are making a noise in the world of music, featuring Mi-kaisha (Australia) and Honey Hahs (UK)
    • Sleepover Special – how to host an awesome sleepover (with snacks!)
    • Give it a Go – the lowdown on BMX biking with junior women's BMX world champion Beth Shriever (UK) and five-time 16-and-under world title holder Saya Sakakibara (Australia)
    • Groan! – readers share their most embarrassing moments 
    • Ask Cathy – got a problem? Cathy can help 
    • Pet’s Page – featuring everyone's favourite furry friends 
    • Make It – weave a gorgeous wall hanging, designed by Art Bar 
    • Colouring page by Jennie Maizels 
    • Quizzicle  what do your doodles say about you? 
    • Illustrations by Angela Ho, Danielle Belegris and Kat Chadwick
    • PLUS a pull-out-and-keep poster by awesome illustrator Lesley Vamos
    • And heaps more!
    KOOKIE readers interview Anne-Marie Imafidon
    KOOKIE readers interview Anne-Marie Imafidon
    Original comic by Rachael Smith
    Original comic by Rachael Smith
    Get wild about weaving with Art Bar
    Get wild about weaving with Art Bar

    KOOKIE is, in part, a response to research that shows a girl's confidence and resilience is often eroded, especially as she moves from her pre-teen years into adolescence.


    More than two-thirds (69%) of girls and young women in Australia believe gender inequality remains a persistent problem.
    [1]

    Just a small minority (8%) of girls believe they are always treated equally to boys. [1]

    While most girls (90%) aged 7–10 in the UK feel they would have the same chance as boys at succeeding in their chosen jobs, the proportion drops sharply among those aged 11–16 (54%) and 17–21 (35%). [2]

    The majority (74%) of girls aged 7–10 agree they could ‘do anything’ if they tried, but among those aged 17–21 the proportion is less than half (40%). [2]

    While the majority (63%) of girls aged 7–10 feel 'confidence’ in themselves, that drops to less than a third (31%) of those aged 17–21. [2]


    If girls need to 'see it, to be it' (and they surely do), then a magazine like KOOKIE can play a vital role in reinforcing a positive view of their potential and capabilities.

    And all of us benefit.

    BMX biking with junior women's world champ Beth Shriever
    BMX biking with junior women's world champ Beth Shriever

     

Founders and editors, Vivien Jones and Nicky Shortridge have been friends since they were 13 years old.

Viv has been a magazine editor for more than 20 years and lives in the UK with her two daughters. Nicky has designed and edited all kinds of publications, from journals to children’s books. She has a young son and lives in Australia.

Together, Nicky and Viv bring a strong friendship and years of personal and professional experience to KOOKIE.

Lots to choose from! Our pledges are listed in pounds sterling (or US dollars when viewing from the US), and we’ve indicated the approximate amounts in Australian dollars. We ship anywhere in the world.

Progressive, empowering and 21st century, just the type of magazine young girls needDarcey Bussell

It is wonderful to finally have a magazine for tweens that truly reflects their interests and talents and lets them be who they want to be. So inspirational! Kate, head teacher

I am so glad my daughter gets to grow up in a world where this kind of stuff is being madeSerena

My daughter is only a baby, but I am so encouraged to see more and more projects like this instead of the traditional magazines for girls! It's thrilling thinking about the world she will grow up in! Good luck! :)

This looks great! A lot less pink than other tween mags on the shelves. I’m giving this my supportJo

This can only be a good thing for those of us with girls navigating life and growing upLouise

This is a much needed addition to magazine shelves! – Heather

It looks superb and my daughters will love it, not least my 10 year old who is mightily fed up with gender stereotypes – Kiki

This much needed publication hits the nail on the head – Christine

This is a very inspiring, creative, and desperately needed offering for our pre-teen girls. Enough pink! Enough plastic junk! – Catherine

This is wonderful! It’s such an inspiring magazine and a much needed one. The magazine is beautifully designed tooMandy

Total swoon. I'm in! – Susie

 

Risks and challenges

The first issue of KOOKIE is nearly finished. We've found reputable and reliable printers to work with, and see no major problems getting the magazine finished (just a few late nights).

And the rewards? Once we have everyone's pledges confirmed, our suppliers assure us they can fulfil our orders in less than a month. We'll be drafting in friends and family to help us pack them up and ship them out to you as soon as possible.

Along the way, we promise to keep you updated on our progress.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $2

    1| UP HIGH!

    A$2

    Along with the warm fuzzies, you'll get a virtual high five for your kind and generous support.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    2| SMART KOOKIE

    A$16

    You'll get the launch issue of the magazine, plus an awesome SMART KOOKIE badge. Wear it with pride!

    Includes:
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    • SMART KOOKIE badge
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    Pledge £30 or more About $38

    3| KOOKIE MONSTER

    A$50

    Enjoy a year of KOOKIE goodness (that's four fabulous issues) plus your very own KOOKIE MONSTER cotton tote bag.

    Includes:
    • Annual subscription
    • KOOKIE MONSTER tote bag
    • FREE domestic shipping
    • Great idea for Christmas!
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    4| TOUGH KOOKIE

    A$65

    Show the world what you're made of. Join the KOOKIE gang and get an annual subscription plus an awesome TOUGH KOOKIE organic cotton T-shirt (M, L adult and S, M kids' sizes available).

    Includes:
    • Annual subscription
    • Organic cotton TOUGH KOOKIE t-shirt
    • FREE domestic shipping
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    5| KOOKIE CREW

    A$100

    All the KOOKIE goodness — four sensational issues — plus our super-soft organic cotton KOOKIE CREW hoodie (M, L adult and S, M kids' sizes available)

    Includes:
    • Annual subscription
    • The KOOKIE CREW hoodie
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    Pledge £110 or more About $138

    6| KOOKIE KABOODLE

    A$180

    Nothing half-baked about this pledge. It's the whole kit and caboodle.

    Includes:
    • Organic cotton TOUGH KOOKIE t-shirt
    • The KOOKIE CREW hoodie
    • SMART KOOKIE badge
    • KOOKIE MONSTER tote bag
    • Annual subscription to KOOKIE
    • Your name in the KOOKIE HALL OF FAME for a whole year
    • FREE domestic shipping
    • Our heartfelt thanks!
    • Great idea for Christmas!
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    Pledge £120 or more About $150

    7| KOOKIE GIVER

    A$195

    Share the love. Sponsor 20 copies of the launch issue of KOOKIE, and we will pass them on to readers all over the country with the help of our literacy partners in the UK and Australia.

    Includes:
    • 20 KOOKIEs delivered to readers in the UK and Australia
    • Your name in the KOOKIE HALL OF FAME for a whole year
    • Our heartfelt thanks!
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    Pledge £300 or more About $375

    8| BOOK WORM

    A$490

    Encourage young readers in the best way possible. Sponsor our Book Review section for a whole issue and you'll be recognised for your generosity with your name in lights (well, 12 point text) on the Book Review feature, along with a photo of you plus your favourite book recommendation! We'll include your name in our website Hall of Fame for a whole year, plus you'll receive an annual subscription to the magazine, too!

    Includes:
    • Your name, photo and favourite book featured in the magazine
    • Your name in the KOOKIE HALL OF FAME for a whole year
    • Annual subscription
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    Pledge £500 or more About $625

    9| KOOKIE GIVER+

    A$800

    Help us give as many girls (and boys) as possible the chance to read and enjoy KOOKIE. Choose this pledge and we will deliver 100 copies of the magazine on your behalf to kids around the country through our literacy partners in the UK and Australia.

    Includes:
    • 100 KOOKIEs delivered to readers in the UK and Australia
    • Your name in the KOOKIE HALL OF FAME for a whole year
    • Our heartfelt thanks!
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    Pledge £800 or more About $1,000

    10| COVER STAR

    A$1,300

    Be like the Medici and become a patron of the arts. Sponsor our beautiful cover photography and illustration for a single issue and we'll put your name up there on the masthead for all to see. You'll also star in our website Hall of Fame for a whole year. Oh, and we'll give you an annual subscription too, of course!

    Includes:
    • Your name on the masthead as the Cover Sponsor
    • Your name in the KOOKIE HALL OF FAME for a whole year
    • Personal, hand-written thank you note from the editor.
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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,249

    11| KOOKIE GIVER++

    A$1,600

    The ultimate act of largesse! With this pledge, you will be sharing 200 copies of the magazine with girls (and boys) around the UK and Australia through our literacy partners. That's a whole lot of inspiration, encouragement, enthusiasm and entertainment right there.

    Includes:
    • 200 KOOKIEs shared with readers in Australia and the UK
    • Your name in the KOOKIE HALL OF FAME for a whole year
    • Our heartfelt thanks!
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    Pledge £1,500 or more About $1,874

    12| FORTUNE KOOKIE

    A$2,500

    You are the bomb. Get an original, hand-drawn caricature of you or someone you love, created exclusively for you by KOOKIE illustrator Danielle Belegris. Plus your name on the masthead of both the UK and Australian editions as a Founder Sponsor, a star turn in the Hall of Fame on our website, as well as unlimited virtual high fives, warm fuzzies and our eternal gratitude. And an annual subscription, of course!

    Includes:
    • Original caricature created by Danielle Belegris
    • You, as a Founder Sponsor, on the KOOKIE masthead for a year
    • Your name in the KOOKIE HALL OF FAME for a whole year
    • Personal, hand-written thank you note from the editor.
    • Annual subscription to KOOKIE
    • Our heartfelt thanks!
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    13| KOOKIE LEGEND

    A$4,900

    For this ultimate pledge, we'll give you the chance to shine a light on a remarkable woman you know (that might be you, your mother, sister, friend ...). We'll interview you and write about something brave or powerful or remarkable that the woman you nominate has done or built — we'll include a half-page story in both editions of KOOKIE (UK and Austalia), along with a photograph. You'll also receive an original, bespoke caricature of you or someone you love, created exclusively for you by KOOKIE illustrator Danielle Belegris. Plus, you'll get your name in both editions of the magazine as a Founder Sponsor, a star turn in the Hall of Fame on our website, as well as unlimited virtual high fives, warm fuzzies and our eternal gratitude. And an annual subscription to the magazine that you have helped make a reality, of course!

    Includes:
    • A half-page feature on a remarkable woman in your life
    • Commissioned caricature of you or a friend
    • Your name in lights as a Founder Sponsor for a year
    • Your name in the KOOKIE HALL OF FAME for a whole year
    • Annual subscription to KOOKIE
    • Personal, hand-written thank you note from the editor.
    • Our heartfelt thanks!
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