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What is billed by its publishers as "the first national magazine created especially for black parents" was launched this fall.

Black Child, a full-color publication published six times a year, featured in its first two issues articles about fatherhood, healthy eating, discipline, selecting day care, and encouraging children to read for pleasure.

The magazine also reviews African-American products and children's books.

Above all, Black Child is intended to be a positive parenting resource, says Candy Mills, the editor and publisher. "We live in a country that perceives black families as disconnected, disloyal, and violent. That's not the reality for most black families."

The magazine is available at selected bookstores and newsstands nationwide for $2.50. Subscriptions cost $13 and can be obtained by calling (800) 258-8388 or by writing: Black Child, P.O. Box 12048, Atlanta, Ga. 30355.

With the new year comes the debut of a magazine designed to encourage individuals to look at themselves and others with fresh eyes.

Created by Jon Wilson, who founded the successful WoodenBoat magazine, Hope will explore the triumphs and successes of ordinary people in their everyday lives.

Mr. Wilson describes the new bimonthly as a much-needed alternative to the predominantly negative news available from many mainstream sources.

It should appeal to a broad audience, he says, from teenagers to septuagenarians, and will offer educators timely and uplifting resource material.

Individual copies cost $4.95 and subscriptions are $24.95. To order, call (800) 273-7447 or write: Hope, P.O. Box 160, Brooklin, Maine 04616.

To help parents sort through the myriad of nontraditional educational options, an easy-to-use guidebook is now available.

Edited by Jerry Mintz, the founder of several alternative schools, The Almanac of Education Choices: Private and Public Alternatives and Homeschooling lists over 6,000 schools by state and by zip code.

The listings include Montessori schools, home-school groups, independent alternative schools, and international programs. Schools range from the elementary to the college level.

Essays on a dozen different aspects of alternative education as well as a list of charter schools and a bibliography are also included.

The $20 paperback is available at bookstores nationwide or by calling Macmillan Reference Publishing at (800) 223-2336.

--Megan Drennan

Vol. 15, Issue 15

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