Brilliant Star empowers kids aged 8–12 to see themselves as world citizens and to use their character strengths to uplift their communities and the world. Through stories, puzzles, crafts, comics, games, activities, and art, each issue engages diverse learning styles while addressing timely themes in age-appropriate ways.
The latest series of issues covers topics that impact kids’ lives, including establishing racial justice, developing friendships, building unity in society, and being a force for positive change.
The “Be a Candle” issue celebrates kids’ power to be of service to others, develop their abilities, and advance their communities. Readers can take on a two-week service challenge, interview a helpful role model, strengthen their listening skills, and get inspired to persevere through challenges.
“Transforming Our Spirits” inspires kids to face change and uncertainty with courage, optimism, and resilience. Kids are invited to quiz themselves on how well they seize opportunities, explore examples of transformation in the natural world, and learn tips for fostering a growth mindset.
“Better Together” provides insight into developing strong and authentic friendships. It offers practical tools for collaborating effectively, resolving conflicts, and staying connected through challenging times.
“One Garden” emphasizes the interconnectedness of our human family and encourages readers to appreciate all types of diversity. Kids can explore what it means to be a world citizen, learn about eliminating racism and prejudice, and find ways to help build peace, justice, and hope.
Brilliant Star is inspired by the teachings of the Baha’i Faith, which supports universal principles such as respect for nature, appreciation of cultural and racial diversity, peace among all religions and nations, and the elimination of prejudices. Our effectiveness is demonstrated in the enthusiastic comments we receive from readers, including these:
“I get excited when a new Brilliant Star magazine comes!… It makes me feel happy that I can look at the stories. And I can look at it whenever I want! I have kept every single one.”—Neysan H., age 11
“Brilliant Star makes me feel like a completely different person when I read it. It makes me feel important… It inspires me to become a good person.”—Benjamin A., age 12
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