Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2013 Magazines
Ages: 9 - 14 yrs.
Publisher: ePals Media
Newsstand Price: $6.95
Subscription Price: $33.95 / 9 Issues

Cricket is the signature publication of the Cricket family of magazines, which also includes Ladybug, Spider, and Click among other titles. The focus of Cricket is on quality fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and visual art for tweens and young teens. Each issue is supplemented by a crossword puzzle and a contest for reader-produced fiction, poetry, or art.

Not every child has the same reading preferences, and Cricket accommodates for that. The October issue has stories about a contemporary family's spelunking trip; a Celt boy Hamish on the night of Samhain; a spooky sleepover party; a Sicilian man who meets a wizard in league with the devil; and a fantasy land ruled by an Ogre King. Each story is paired with beautiful illustrations that reflect its tone and content.

Like the entire Cricket family of publications, Cricket is advertisement-free, putting the focus on the actual content. This is a classic magazine for encouraging children's literacy and developing their appreciation of good writing.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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