Honest History Magazine

The quarterly adventure magazine for young historians filled with inspiring tales, beautiful illustrations and fun activities.

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Project Description

Honest History is a quarterly children's magazine featuring exciting tales from the past, accompanied by beautiful illustrations and fun activities.

Each issue features a theme about a person, place or event in history, told through stories that are fun and engaging to read. Honest History is an educational resource that encourages kids to have fun while learning and sparks independent thinking and creativity.

We searched long and hard for an educational resource for kids that made history fun and viewed learning as an adventure, not a chore. We wanted to find a magazine that told inspiring stories from around the world backed up by facts. And we wanted something that looked great and was made to last. 

Everything we found glossed over important details in stories and felt dull and unimaginative. We knew that if we felt this way, children would be even less likely to read these publications. 

So, we created Honest History as a place for kids to explore the past and re-discover stories of people, just like us, who changed the world.

Honest History is a beautifully-designed magazine with stories that spark curiosity and imagination in children. We've made it our mission to find stories that are lesser-known in modern classrooms and teach lessons that can be applied to our everyday lives. 

We commission original artwork for every issue, spending as much time as it takes to find the perfect illustrator to bring the story to life. 

In our experience, history contains answers and also sparks new questions — our goal is to bring true tales from around the world into the imagination of children (and their parents, too).

We always encourage children to look out at the world around them and do their own research to discover the why behind every story. 

Although Honest History is a magazine, we wanted to create a publication that felt and looked as dazzling as the content inside. Each issue is printed on high-quality paper with a soft-touch cover that we'd like to describe, but has to be experienced. Suffice it to say, this is a magazine you won't be tossing in the trash after one read. 

In each issue, you will find: 

  • Feature stories about the issue's main theme, accompanied by gorgeous illustrations that will engage your young historian.
  • Accompanying stories that go deeper into the topic, like "What was life like for a pirate?" from Issue Two.
  • Fun activities that relate to the stories and provide a 'hands-on' approach to learning more about the topic. For example, learn how to bend water in Issue Three.
  • Questions to encourage creative thinking and get young historians to think more about each story and how it can apply to their everyday lives. 

Our previous issues: 

  • Issue One: The Swan King
    • Features the story of King Ludwig II and his castle, Neuschwanstein - the model on which Disney based Cinderella's Castle. Illustrated by Sarah Walsh.
  • Issue Two: A Pirate's Tale
    • Learn about the fierce Chinese pirate Cheng I Sao who commanded the world's largest pirate army and also happened to be woman. Illustrated by Brooke Smart. 
  • Issue Three: War of the Currents
    • The tale of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison and their incredible inventions that changed the modern world, including Alternating and Direct Current. Illustrated by Cynthia Cliff. 

Honest History is written for children between the ages of 6-12, but we have many readers that are younger and older and several parents who love reading the magazine to their young children. 

We launched in Fall 2018 with the incredible support of our readers from around the world. Before we started the long journey of creating Honest History, we knew it would be challenging to enter the world of print publication in an era of digital consumption. However, we firmly believed (and still do) that parents and children want a physical item that can be read away from the distractions of our smartphones and tablets. After launching, this belief was affirmed through the feedback of our subscribers who told us how much their kids loved the magazine and constantly asked when the next issue would be released. 

We are getting close to the point of being able to sustain and grow Honest History from the support of our readers, but are at a critical stage where additional funding is needed to spread awareness of Honest History and grow our readership rates. 

This is where you fit in. Unlike many crowdfunding campaigns, we are not "pre-revenue" or still in the idea stage. We have three issues under our belt and so many more on the horizon. 

This means that for every dollar pledged to our campaign, you will be investing in a magazine that is already loved by many and ensuring that many more will know about it soon. And for our current readers and subscribers, we have many bonus rewards that we think your young historian will love in addition to the magazine. 

The funds from this campaign will be used for producing our fourth issue of Honest History and for marketing and advertising to reach more parents who may not be aware of the magazine yet. 

Meet Brooke and Heidi, the team behind Honest History.

Brooke is a lifelong student of history and believer that history applies to almost every part of a child's education. As a mother and entrepreneur, Brooke created Honest History to bring this belief to life. Brooke classifies herself as a "major nerd". She loves reading, listening to podcasts and books on tapes, watching documentaries, and finds great joy in picking apart inaccuracies in historical films and tv shows. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. 

Hailing from Boston, Heidi is our staff historian who also illustrates and writes for the magazine. She graduated with her PhD in History from Cambridge University in England and loves to research exciting stories from the past to bring to the magazine. In Heidi's spare time, you can find her baking scones, watching home renovation TV shows, or twiddling away on the piano. Her most prized possessions include a very old copy of Jane Austen's Letters, her second-hand bicycle named Louie, and a leather jacket that makes her feel like she's Amelia Earhart. 

We also work with an amazing team of contributors who design, illustrate and write for the magazine, with each person handpicked by us to create every issue. 

We couldn't be more grateful to our current and future readers who have supported us in creating Honest History. We want to show every young historian that history can be fun and your pledge means that we will be able to accomplish this mission and continue to grow. Thank you for your support and please don't forget to share with your friends and family to help us hit our fundraising goal. 

Updates

The Project FAQs

  • When will I receive my reward? 

We will send out rewards in July, except for the custom illustration, which will be sent by August. 

  • How often is Honest History published? 

We are a quarterly publication and the magazine is shipped out four times a year. 

  • I'm already a subscriber of the magazine. How can I participate? 

We've put together some great rewards for our current readers and subscribers. Check out our rewards section for more info on rewards that will complement your current subscription. 

  • Do you ship internationally? 

At the moment, only our single issues are able to be shipped internationally. 

 

R Richardson
06/14/2019
Issue & Limited-edition Risograph Print
$30
Lindsey
06/07/2019
Issue
$17
Helen Knight
06/06/2019
Custom Illustration + Issue
$400
Shannon Leith
06/04/2019
Issue & Limited-edition Risograph Print
$35
05/31/2019
Children's Book Guide + Playlist
$15
Christina
05/31/2019
Monetary Contribution
$50
05/31/2019
Creative Workshop + Deluxe Gift Package
$100
Christine Borst
05/30/2019
Issue
$16
sarah carroll
05/29/2019
Premium Gift Package
$150
Elisabeth
05/29/2019
One Year Subscription
$65
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

4 Supporters
Contribute
$10
Children's Book Guide + Playlist

Receive a digital guide to our favorite children's books and magazines + an exclusive Spotify playlist. 

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$16
Issue

Get our upcoming issue, or one of our past issues:

- Issue One: The Swan King
- Issue Two: A Pirate's Tale
- Issue Three: War of the Currents
- Issue Four: To Be Revealed

Consider: If you don't have a child in your life to give this to, we will be happy to donate this to a child in need at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

5 Supporters
Select this reward
$30
Issue & Limited-edition Risograph Print

Receive one issue + one limited-edition risograph print illustrated by Sarah Walsh. 

Pick one issue: 

Issue One: The Swan King
Issue Two: A Pirate's Tale
Issue Three: War of the Currents
Issue Four: To Be Revealed

+

Pick one risograph print:

King Ludwig II
Map of Germany

3 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Deluxe Gift Package

Features a copy of any issue (you choose) of Honest History, our Neuschwanstein Castle tote bag, and two limited-edition risograph prints by Sarah Walsh. The perfect gift for a child in your life.

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$100
Creative Workshop + Deluxe Gift Package

Features everything from our Deluxe Gift Package AND a 30-minute creative writing workshop for a young historian with Brooke, the creator of Honest History. Workshop to be conducted via video chat or locally in Los Angeles. 

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2 Supporters
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$150
Premium Gift Package

Features all 3 current copies of Honest History, a yearly subscription to Honest History, our Neuschwanstein Castle tote bag, and two limited-edition risograph prints by Sarah Walsh. Perfect gift for a child in your life. 

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$300
Custom Illustration + Issue

A custom portrait of yourself or you + your family created by Heidi Coburn. You will receive two physical copies of the illustration printed in high quality on an 11x17" print and a digital version. Also, choose a copy of one issue of Honest History. 

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$500
Become a Sponsor

Receive 5 copies of any issue (choose one or mix + match) and your name or company name will be printed on the masthead on Issue Four of Honest History. 

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0 Supporters
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$700
Help a Local School

We will donate 15 copies each of Issues One, Two and Three (45 total). Perfect for a school, group or to donate to a local kid's organization. 

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$1,500
Become a Super Sponsor

Receive 5 copies of any issue (choose one or mix + match) and your name or company name will be printed on the masthead on our next FOUR issues (that's one full year).

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$2,500
Become a Super Premium Amazing Sponsor

Receive 5 copies of any issue (choose one or mix + match) and your name or company name will be printed on the masthead on our next FOUR issues (that's one full year) AND receive a full-page ad in the magazine (design + content will need to be approved). 

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

4 Supporters
Contribute
$10
Children's Book Guide + Playlist

Receive a digital guide to our favorite children's books and magazines + an exclusive Spotify playlist. 

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$16
Issue

Get our upcoming issue, or one of our past issues:

- Issue One: The Swan King
- Issue Two: A Pirate's Tale
- Issue Three: War of the Currents
- Issue Four: To Be Revealed

Consider: If you don't have a child in your life to give this to, we will be happy to donate this to a child in need at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

5 Supporters
Select this reward
$30
Issue & Limited-edition Risograph Print

Receive one issue + one limited-edition risograph print illustrated by Sarah Walsh. 

Pick one issue: 

Issue One: The Swan King
Issue Two: A Pirate's Tale
Issue Three: War of the Currents
Issue Four: To Be Revealed

+

Pick one risograph print:

King Ludwig II
Map of Germany

3 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Deluxe Gift Package

Features a copy of any issue (you choose) of Honest History, our Neuschwanstein Castle tote bag, and two limited-edition risograph prints by Sarah Walsh. The perfect gift for a child in your life.

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$100
Creative Workshop + Deluxe Gift Package

Features everything from our Deluxe Gift Package AND a 30-minute creative writing workshop for a young historian with Brooke, the creator of Honest History. Workshop to be conducted via video chat or locally in Los Angeles. 

48 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$150
Premium Gift Package

Features all 3 current copies of Honest History, a yearly subscription to Honest History, our Neuschwanstein Castle tote bag, and two limited-edition risograph prints by Sarah Walsh. Perfect gift for a child in your life. 

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$300
Custom Illustration + Issue

A custom portrait of yourself or you + your family created by Heidi Coburn. You will receive two physical copies of the illustration printed in high quality on an 11x17" print and a digital version. Also, choose a copy of one issue of Honest History. 

18 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Become a Sponsor

Receive 5 copies of any issue (choose one or mix + match) and your name or company name will be printed on the masthead on Issue Four of Honest History. 

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$700
Help a Local School

We will donate 15 copies each of Issues One, Two and Three (45 total). Perfect for a school, group or to donate to a local kid's organization. 

6 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,500
Become a Super Sponsor

Receive 5 copies of any issue (choose one or mix + match) and your name or company name will be printed on the masthead on our next FOUR issues (that's one full year).

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$2,500
Become a Super Premium Amazing Sponsor

Receive 5 copies of any issue (choose one or mix + match) and your name or company name will be printed on the masthead on our next FOUR issues (that's one full year) AND receive a full-page ad in the magazine (design + content will need to be approved). 

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