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Dragonfly Magazine Wins Parents' Choice Award


OXFORD, Ohio --Dragonfly, the national children's magazine of investigation based at Miami University, has won a 1997 Gold Parents' Choice Award, sometimes referred to as the Oscar of children's media and toys.

"We couldn't be more thrilled," says Dragonfly editor-in-chief Chris Myers, professor of interdisciplinary studies at Miami.

The nonprofit Parents' Choice Foundation has been reviewing children's toys, books, magazines, video, audio, computer and television programs since 1978. Its mission is to identify the highest quality children's media. "Such media, plus informed adult involvement, is essential to help youngsters develop academic and emotional skills, character, creativity, personal and social responsibility," says a foundation statement.

Magazine winners were judged to show a clear central vision, a respect for their readers and use of text and graphics to create a visually and intellectually stimulating package.

The awards are selected by 3,700 parents, children, teachers, psychologists, pediatricians and others. Judges have long included writers from USA TODAY, The Washington Post, The New York Times and Time magazine.

Dragonfly is a bimonthly, full-color magazine filled with children's investigations, art and creative writing alongside scientists' work. The latest issue, "Tools," features 9-year-old Derek Chan, who invented a jointed broom so his mother didn't have to bend over to sweep under tables. Ten-year-old Alexia Gorey describes how she overcame the problem of soggy cereal.

These children are published beside leading researchers:

World-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall discusses how a childhood dream eventually lead to her famous research on tool use in chimpanzees. New Zealand ecologist Gavin Hunt voyages to the South Pacific rain forests and describes his discovery of astonishing tool use in crows.

Dragonfly, its companion publications and World Wide Web site are a joint venture of Miami University and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Dragonfly also recently received a distinguished achievement award for excellence in educational publishing from the Educational Press Association of America and a Gold medal award in the 1997 Society of National Association Publications EXCEL Awards competition.


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