An aptly-titled children's zine, R.A.D. (aka Read and Draw) gears its publication toward creative children and their parents in Brooklyn's Williamsburg and Park Slope neighborhoods. Each clever issue takes up a particular seasonal or educational theme, packing more imagination than a Pixar holiday party into every page. Recent installments include a trip to the zoo, astronauts in space and Thanksgiving.
By engaging kids with a range of activities like building a tepee, identifying endangered species, writing poems and more, R.A.D.'s biggest contribution may be its dedication to programs and creative content for kids in NYC (where the public school arts budget will be cut by 31% in 2011).
Published bi-weekly, R.A.D. is a free zine distributed through a network of children's boutiques and schools around Brooklyn. (We spied it at Sweet William in Williamsburg.)