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Step into the past with Honest History Magazine5 min read

January 27, 2021 4 min read

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Step into the past with Honest History Magazine5 min read

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History provides us a window into the past, but at times, that window can lead to other tiny windows and escapes that lead you down a path of misconceptions and warped facts. Even our history textbooks aren’t always reliable, nor are the tales our grandmas tell us 100% accurate.

Here to give us an honest glimpse into the past is Honest History Magazine, a place for kids to explore the past and re-discover the lives of people who have impacted all that we see today. Based out of California in the US, this quarterly magazine dives into one subject each time, and breaks it down so that it is easy to understand and interactive.

Brooke, co-founder and editor-in-chief, Honest History Magazine

Speaking to Owliver, Brooke, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the magazine talks to us about how the publication came into being, and what it’s all about.

How did Honest History come about? What was the thought behind creating a space just for kids?

A few years back, I decided it was time to pursue my dream job at a children’s publication. I’ve worked with children and in education much of my life, and it was my dream to continue this work with a children’s publication. When I went to see what jobs were out there, my search results came back very bleak. Jokingly, I told my husband that I should just start my own children’s history magazine, and he thought the idea was brilliant. Now, three-and-a-half years later, we are on our tenth issue!  

Why history? And why do you think it’s important for kids to learn about history?

As someone who travelled a lot throughout my childhood, I found that knowing a lot about history really put me at an advantage among my peers. History is a unique topic because it covers every single subject and point of interest, so knowing a lot about history can open a lot of doors. 

The issue on Indian history

How many editions have been published till date, and which is your favourite?

We currently have ten issues out. To be honest, I don’t have a favourite issue. Each issue has something very different to offer and I love each one of them dearly. Sure, some were harder to put together than others, but I truly love all of them equally.

Tell us a bit about the process – there is a lot of research and analysis that goes into the editions. Do you have consultants on board?

The magazine comes together thanks to a combined team effort. We are a small and mighty team, so we spend a lot of late nights sending emails, researching, and coming up with a game plan for the future. When covering topics about specific countries or people, we always have advisors who help us navigate the topic we have chosen. We want to make sure that we are portraying people and cultures from the perspective of those who have the closest experience with a specific event/time period. This is really important to us!

Anandi Gopal Joshee was the first Indian woman to qualify as a medical doctor in western medicine

The latest issue is on Indian history – tell us a bit about that. 

India has always been on my short list of topics I’ve wanted to cover and, as a team, we felt that we had done enough research to start putting together the issue. There is so much to India’s history that it became difficult to decide what to put in the magazine and what to put leave out. When you are dealing with a large and ancient country, like India, all you can really do is scratch the surface and introduce the country when you are limited to 64 pages of print. I absolutely plan to return to the subcontinent in a future issue because there is so much more history to share!

Do you envision introducing the magazine into the school curriculum? 

I think teachers are doing an incredible job with the resources they are given. Our goal is to work alongside teachers to provide them with additional resources and content that leave kids wanting to pursue history outside of the classroom. We currently have some really fun projects coming to schools in 2021, so stay tuned!

Any words of advice for our young readers on how they should approach history as a topic? 

I encourage kids to do their own research on topics they enjoy! I know I often would just take the history I was taught and figured that was all there was to it. Once I started doing my own research and going to libraries with specific history topics in mind, I found history to be a lot more exciting than I’d ever thought possible. 

Honest History Magazine is Owliver’s official partner for the Virtual Escape Room event scheduled for January 31.

Pictures: Honest History Magazine