Nothing Says Holidays Like a Vintage Holiday Cover

If, like me, you were lucky enough to grow up as a CRICKET Magazine reader, you probably measured the time of year and the various holiday seasons by the covers that adorned your monthly delivery of CRICKET. In particular, the December covers always managed to bring a feeling of joy and celebration to my mailbox. […]

That Kid Who Sits Across from Your Kid

The seating chart was changed in my daughter’s elementary school classroom last week and ever since I have heard daily stories about the boy who now sits across from her: about how he is mean to her, how he threw (multiple) pencils at her, how he called her names, how every time she opens her […]

What Do Origami and Elephants Have in Common?

The Story Behind the Origami   Originally, the folks at the Bronx Zoo set out to collect 35,000 elephants representing the heartbreaking number of 35,000 elephants (96 per day) killed each year for their ivory tusks. The overall goal of the initiative is to help gain a wider awareness of the elephant ivory trafficking crisis […]

What do Turkeys Eat for Thanksgiving?

No, that’s not a joke. It’s the subject of an actual article that appeared in SPIDER Magazine a few years ago. Coincidentally, it is also an actual question my daughter asked last night at dinner. And that’s exactly what I love about SPIDER Magazine and Cricket Media magazines in general. The editors of these magazines […]

Looking at Dinosaurs Through a Child’s Eyes

Every time I think about dinosaurs I feel the need to reread one of my daughter’s favorite books: Oh My Oh My Oh DINOSAURS! by children’s writer and artist extraordinaire Sandra Boynton. With simple pictures and just a few words of text, Boynton has captured exactly what makes dinosaurs so interesting to kids: they’re big, […]