Best of 2015: Articles

While our literary magazines (Babybug, Ladybug, Spider, Cricket, and Cicada) feature “the best of the best” for children in stories and poems, our discovery magazines provide the best for children who want to explore the world through science, history, art, archeology, or geography. Below you’ll find our editors’ picks for the best articles of 2015 from Click, Ask, Muse, Cobblestone, Dig, and Faces.

We’re proud of the diverse voices, points of view, and topics covered in our magazines each month. We hope this round-up will give you just a taste of why our magazines have won more awards than any other publications for children. For your child’s monthly dose of brainy fun, be sure to subscribe to your favorite magazine(s).


Editor: Amy Tao
Favorite Article: “What Color Is It?” (September 2015)
A note from Amy: The words in this article are simple and few, but the idea they convey is complex and intriguing. Like many of the best Click stories, it inspires readers to look at the world more closely and think outside the box.
What Color Is It


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Editor: Liz Huyck
Favorite Article: “Helping Hands” (Nov/Dec 2015)
A note from Liz: I like this article because it captures the best of what technology can be; enabling people to create freely, share ideas, and help each other. I hope it helps inspire a new generation of Makers!
Helping Hands

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Editor: Johanna Arnone
Favorite Article: “What’s Mine Is Yours” (October 2015)
A note from Johanna: The author tells four very different but related stories–from a high-tech box that keeps a heart beating outside to a doctor who expects that a full human head transplant will occur in the near future. But the most memorable subsection, for me, is the story of a woman who required a face transplant. Her grace, and the donor family’s, are impossible to forget.
Whats Mine Is Yours


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Editor: Meg Chorlian
Favorite Article: “Marching to Montgomery and Beyond (February 2015)
A note from Meg: The issue was about pivotal events of the civil rights movement that led to civil rights legislation. A first-time writer sent in a query to interview someone who had grown up in Selma, Alabama, and who had participated in the march from Selma to Montgomery. The author delivered a great interview with a woman named Shirley Jefferson. Jefferson was 12 years old in 1965, when the march took place, so she was the same age as COBBLESTONE readers. She talks about going to segregated schools, being scared, and the KKK, and how the whole experience made an impression on her. It is very powerful, and I think it gives readers a personal, real look at an event that might otherwise seem to them like its ancient history: It wasn’t that long ago that people were marching in the streets for civil rights, and here was a person their age who participated!
Marching to Montgomery and Beyond

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Editor: Rosalie Baker
Favorite Article: “Crypt Secrets” (March 2015)
A note from Rosalie: DIG has written much about tomb findings and skeleton analysis, but this article was different. It focused on Medici family tombs on the order, as the author writes, of CSI Florence. Most fascinating was how comparing historical records with analysis of recovered remains offered proof that a Medici father had not murdered his sons. The culprit was a mosquito!
Crypt Secrets

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Editor: Elizabeth Carpentiere
Favorite Article: “At a Glance” (April 2015)
A note from Elizabeth: Among the two most important things my dad passed on to me were his love of reading and his passion for baseball. I love every page of the April 2015 issue, “Baseball: The World’s Pastime,” but my favorite piece is the At a Glance. It’s fun, informative, and a great introduction to the issue.

At A Glance

The Best of 2015: Stories

2015 was a year filled with inspiring, inventive, and imagination-enriching stories and articles in all of Cricket Media’s magazines. Even for the editors, it was hard to choose a favorite (“It’s like having to choose a favorite child!” complained one editor.) but choose they did. Today we are pleased to present our editors’ picks for their most favorite stories from our literary magazines: Babybug, Ladybug, Spider, Cricket, and Cicada. Tomorrow we’ll present our editors’ picks from our discovery magazines, so be sure to check back again.

We hope this yearly round-up will inspire your children to read, dream, and write stories of their very own.
Naturally, for more stories like these, be sure to subscribe to your favorite magazine(s).

Best of Babybug

Editor: Kathleen Andersen
Favorite Story: The Shadow of a Tree” by Charlotte Gunnufson, art by Kathy Couri (Babybug, May/June 2015)
A note from Kathleen: This peaceful poem encourages empathy with wild creatures while reassuring babies and toddlers—small people navigating a big world—that size is relative.

Best of Ladybug

Editor: Kathleen Andersen
Favorite Story: “Hector Helps Out” by Lisa Amstutz, art by Sara Palacios (Ladybug, April 2015)
A note from Kathleen: A spirited hen and a vain rooster outwit a farmer—and leave readers laughing.
Hector Helps Out

Editor: Danny Resner
Favorite Story: “Cavemanners” by Neal Levin, Art by Rupert van Wyk (Spider, November/December 2015)
A note from Danny: Young cavepeople are infamously naughty—so Neal Levin has done the service of writing them a rhyming etiquette manual. Rupert van Wyk’s clever and gross art brings the poem to prehistoric life.


Best of Cricket

Editor: Lonnie Plecha
Favorite Story: “The Girl Who Writes the Future” was a six-part serial that began in the Nov/Dec 2014 issue of Cricket and ran until May/June 2015. I’ve just picked out one part to feature—part 2 of the serial, from the January 2015 issue.

A note from Lonnie: In early 2015, Cricket published “The Girl Who Writes the Future,” an original six-part fantasy adventure featuring characters suggested by Cricket readers. In a unique online collaboration called Crowd-Sorcery, hundreds of kids became part of the story-making process as they worked with author Frederic S. Durbin to invent an imaginative array of heroes, villains, and sidekicks, as well as an extensive fantasy dictionary. Our readers loved seeing how their characters and ideas came to life in Fred’s story.

In part 2 of the serial from our January 2015 issue, Fable Thatcher—the heroine, created by a Cricket reader, who has the gift that whatever she writes becomes true—meets a mysterious dark-haired girl who will become her partner in adventure.

Girl Who Writes the Future Part 2

Best of Cicada
Editor: Anna Neher
Favorite Story: Daughters by Nne Nwankwo, (Cicada, July/August 2015)
A note from Anna: One of the thrilling things about found poetry is the chance to make new art from a text that inspires you. Teen poet Nne Nwankwo makes rich, powerful new work out of author Barbara Kingsolver’s “The Poisonwood Bible.”