Amethel Parel-Sewell, C. Aaron Kreader, Amy Renshaw, Heidi Parsons, Katie Bishop, Darcy Greenwood, Foad Ghorbani, Lisa Blecker, Donna Price, Dr. Stephen Scotti
Brilliant Star empowers kids aged 8–12 of all faiths to see themselves as world citizens and to use their character strengths and talents to uplift their communities and the world. Through stories, puzzles, crafts, comics, games, and activities that engage diverse learning styles, each issue addresses a timely theme that impacts our audience and meets their developmental needs.
Brilliant Star’s 2019 series of issues covers topics vital to kids’ lives, including happiness, handling difficulties, community building, friendship, racial prejudice, harmony among religions, and family unity.
The “Soar with Joy” issue offers readers activities and stories about how to cultivate, maintain, and spread happiness, even under challenging circumstances. The issue focuses on practices and insights that lead to lasting personal development and peace. Kids from around the world talk about what brings them joy and what helps them handle difficulties.
“Spirit of Community” invites kids to foster unity and build strong community ties with others. Readers can take a quiz on their community-building skills, play group games, deepen their connections with friends and family, and enhance their communication abilities. Emphasis is placed on eliminating racial prejudice.
The “Light of Faith” issue highlights commonalities among the world’s major religions, including being kind to all people, developing virtues, and relying on prayer and meditation. It provides kids with tools to help them foster friendships with people of all faiths and discuss religion peacefully and respectfully.
“Waves of Love” encourages kids to strengthen the bonds of love and unity in their families. It offers ideas for creating family traditions, sharing stories, collaborating in service, and positively addressing challenges. Readers and adult role models share insights about enhancing family unity.
Brilliant Star’s effectiveness is evidenced by the enthusiastic comments we receive from readers, including these:
“I really like how Brilliant Star has a lot of fun activities to make you interested in what you’re learning and reading . . . I’ve learned being kind, supporting, honest, friendly, and so much more makes you a much better person.”—Darya G., age 11
“It makes me feel happy and it makes me want to do kind deeds and service. I have learned about the importance of kindness and how to stand up for justice. I have learned that people of all races are equal.”—Nura Z., age 10