The magazine that gets those brain cells buzzing!

Brilliant Brainz is a children’s print magazine for 6 to 12-year-olds. It was started by Eleanor Cole, a music graduate, and teacher who has worked in the publishing industry. Believing that the current emphasis on literacy and numeracy in primary schools means that subjects like art, music, food and nutrition, philosophy, wellbeing, and health are sadly marginalised, and frustrated by the magazines that were available to her two children, a girl, and a boy, she was inspired to produce a magazine that is gender-neutral, advert and plastic-free and – perhaps most importantly – full of high-quality content.

Brilliant Brainz is written by a great team of writers – educators and experts in their field – who are committed to inspiring children about their subject.

We at Brilliant Brainz want the children to get involved too! Send us photos of their art, their thoughts, and their BIG ideas for a chance to get them featured in the magazine! Send them through to hello@brilliantbrainz.com.

The Brilliant Brainz Team

Eleanor Cole Brilliant Brainz

Eleanor Cole

Editor in Chief

I’m the founder and editor of Brilliant Brainz. My background is in music and I believe that it is really important for children to learn about the arts.

Sorcha Egan Brilliant Brainz

Sorcha Egan

Marketing Director

I’ve always loved reading, science, and people. My role is to make sure the magazine will be read by and make many children happy!

Sandra Perry Brilliant Brainz

Sandra Perry

Designer

I work on the visual side of the magazine and website creating page layouts and graphic materials for use by the whole team! My role is to make sure that Brilliant Brainz looks brilliant!

Linda Storey

Linda Storey

Designer

I also design pages and love making the magazine colourful and easy to read. I have fun every month testing and taking photos of the science experiment!

The Expert Writers, Bloggers & Authors

Subjects

Art

Art encourages creative thinking, self-expression and enriches the mind. Learning to appreciate it is life enhancing! Every month there is an art project and a ‘featured artist’ from around the world whose work is directly relevant to to the project.

OUR EXPERTS: Hermione, Madelaine and Rosie have been running a teaching studio, Art-Atelier, since 1991. They teach small groups of children and teenagers in extracurricular art clubs and holiday workshops.

Books & Entertainment

Filled with book reviews, stories, and poems, some written by the children themselves! in this part of the Brilliant Brainz, you will find out about the best films, books, TV and theatre for children to enjoy.

OUR EXPERTS: Tony Starbuck worked for many years in the book publishing and film industry, more recently enjoying his time writing for video games. He is 100% passionate about ‘stories’ – whatever form they take!

Food & Nutrition

The food that we eat plays a big part in how well we can think, play and learn. We believe in encouraging a love of food and cooking through fun activities and learning, whether it’s a simple recipe made with tasty and healthy ingredients or a fun activity about food habits and how we can become healthier!

OUR EXPERTS: Michelle Harper is a trained chef and nutritionist who runs a company called Cookies. She regularly visits schools to teach children about food and how to cook, as well as running cooking birthday parties – which are loads of fun!

Sport & Health

Aside from nurturing the mind, it’s important to recognise the need for a healthy body. Children thrive on fun and games, so we love to encourage them to make sport and exercise a fun part of their everyday lives.

OUR EXPERTS: Wesley worked for Sky Sports for many years and is now running his own sports company. He believes there’s a sport for everyone!

Apps & Tech

Each month a spread on the latest technology will really get those brains buzzing! With recommended apps and covering topics from coding to animation, these pages will really grab the attention of those who love the latest gadget!

OUR EXPERTS: Tony Starbuck worked for many years in the book publishing and film industry, more recently enjoying his time writing for video games. He is 100% passionate about ‘stories’ – whatever form they take!

Music

What is a life without music? Yet sadly, children don’t get much time to learn about it at school. We believe music is vitally important!

From theoretical musical concepts through to musical artists, we help children understand musical instruments, genres, and musicians – dead and alive!

OUR EXPERTS: Eleanor Cole (our fabulous editor-in-chief!), trained as a violinist at the Royal Academy of Music and has taught music to many children.

Philosophy

Philosophy may not be an obvious choice for a children’s magazine but it gives them the opportunity to think BIG. There will be a chance for children to decide WHAT they think and WHY they think it and to develop skills such as giving good reasons, and asking more questions – all useful in the quest to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world we live in!

OUR EXPERTS: Emma Leeson was a teacher and a Deputy Head in primary schools for many years but now she trains other teachers how to teach P4C (Philosophy for Children).

Science & Nature

Science and Nature are subjects that can inspire great curiosity and wonder. We will include experiments and activities that will pique children’s interest and give them a greater understanding of the natural world – at a time when looking after our planet is of paramount importance. These pages can include mini projects, fun facts and quizzes to really get those brains buzzing!

OUR EXPERTS: Jenny Jacoby is an author, writing books about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths for young children.

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