Web Site and Complimentary Print Publications Honored as Exemplary Parenting Material

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (October 2003) – AlbemarleKids, a popular publishing company serving families and businesses in Charlottesville-Albemarle, today announced that their collection of AlbemarleKids publications have won the coveted Parent?s Guide to Media Award for Outstanding Achievement for the second year in a row.

?Parents and children alike will be drawn to this engaging, quality mix of solid information and personal experiences developing theme and timely topics. Regional features such as ideas for families to do together could be readily replicated elsewhere. Thoughtfully annotated web watch links and regular features including kid news (sometimes written by kids) highlight its well-chosen resources. Finally, advertising seems harmonious and unobtrusive.?

Parent?s Guide Fall 2002 Vol. 5 No. 1

Started in 1998, AlbemarleKids is dedicated to being “The Ultimate Resource Making Parenting Easier & Growing Up Fun”. Their popular weekly web site recently underwent a complete remodeling and the new site now receives over a quarter of a million hits and provides over 20,000 visitors each month with extensive community resources. In addition to the web site, AlbemarleKids also publishes a weekly e-Newsletter, quarterly print Magazine, and an annual Directory of Family Services. AlbemarleKids also has a “live” presence in our community that you discover when you look through their publications and see drawings and poetry from local kids, families creating art at AlbemarleKids Care Exhibits at festivals, area schoolchildren actively engaged in helping to create Bumble’s Clubhouse and more.

?Today?s parents are busy. AlbemarleKids works to make their lives easier by doing the research for them and putting the local resources they need at their fingertips?, said Robin Johnson Bethke Founder and Co-Publisher. ?We?re helping parents make time for the important stuff like fishing and finger paints,? she adds with a smile.

“By developing AlbemarleKids, we hoped to create a one-stop shop for parents to find great kid?s activities, parent groups, daytrip ideas, extensive guides to local businesses serving families and much more,” explained Jennifer Bryerton, Co-Publisher of AlbemarleKids. “This award is affirmation that we?re creating resources that really impact local families in a very positive way.”

About The Parent’s Guide The Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media locates, reviews, and honors children’s learning materials and parenting resources to help parents and others find the most interesting and stimulating materials. Products reviewed include books, magazines, computer programs, audios, videos, toys, television programs, and parenting materials. As recipients of the 2002 and 2003 awards for parenting materials, AlbemarleKids join the ranks of distinguished past recipients, such as Nickelodeon Magazines, Inc. and the best selling book, ?Raising A Thinking Child?.

The Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Awards enlists more than 300 volunteers to review materials sent in. The fall 2002 issue of Parent’s Guide will include reviews of all books and products that have received awards and honors. The publication is mailed at no cost to interested parents, teachers, childcare facilities, children’s librarians and others who are important to the lives of children. Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media is a non-profit corporation located at Shenandoah University, 186 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601. For ordering information, visit the organization’s Web site at

FOR MORE INFORMATION about AlbemarleKids publications, please call (434)984-4713, or email us, or visit our virtual offices at