Koolfi Club magazine, founded during the Covid pandemic by a mum-of-three living in North London, hopes to address the lack of minority representation in children’s publishing.
It comes as a Book Trust and CLPE report released last month called on the publishing industry to improve the representation of characters in children’s books as well the authors who write them.
The 32-page Koolfi Club magazine is aimed at 7 to 12-year-olds and explores India’s rich history, culture, wildlife, places and people. It also features short stories by authors of Indian origin, recipes by Junior Bake-Off contestant Jaya Sharma Patel and inspiring stories of role models.
Cambridge University archaeologist Dr Jason Hawkes has been an advisor for the history section.
Founder and Editor Nishika Patel said, “This fun, colourful magazine is packed with educational content that children do not always hear about in mainstream education, books and magazines.
“Recent studies and important conversations in publishing and education show how important it is for children to see themselves in books and magazines.”