Mormon Kid Art, 1919

The Church’s children’s magazines have frequently encouraged children to send in their artwork, poems, and short stories for publication in a special contributors’ section. In 1919, that section of the Juvenile Instructor was called “The Children’s Budget Box.” (One old-fashioned definition of “budget,” before anybody wonders, is a bag or sack or box filled with miscellaneous items. Old newspapers often printed a column of short news items from around the region headlined “A Budget of News,” for example. So in that sense, the Juvenile Instructor’s department meant a collection of short, unrelated offerings from various contributors.)

You’ll notice that most of these contributors are older than readers of today’s children’s magazine. The Juvenile Instructor was targeted mainly to adults — parents and the teachers of Sunday Schools — with a few children’s features aimed at kids from infancy to age 16.

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