OWL, the magazine for 9- to 13-year-olds, is celebrating 35 years of publishing in June with a series of events, giveaways and what it calls a "very cool T-shirt". The OWL editors have asked some of their favourite authors, including Cary Fagan, Carol Matas and Arthur Slade, to contribute original stories inspired by a "birthday word". (So, for instance, Kenneth Oppel's story in the June birthday issue features the word party.)
OWL was launched in 1976 and together with its companion age-related magazines Chirp (ages 3 to 6) and chickaDEE (ages 6 to 9) were bought in 1997 by the youth division of Bayard Canada, which also publishes a number of other English and French lanugage periodicals, including Pomme d"Api Quebec, Les Debrouillards, J'aime lire Quebec, Good Times and Le Bel Age (the latter two in partnership with Transcontinental Media). It also produces books under the Owlkids imprint. Bayard is a large international publishing operation.
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