ASK Magazine Looks at the Science of Sugar

By Tyler Thompson, Licensing Manager, Cricket Media   Sugar. Maybe you’ve heard of it. When Cricket Media receive licensing requests from State Education departments, they specify they can only license articles that do not mention sugar, sweets, candy, ice cream, or cookies. Several states have passed legislature banning the sale of soda and sugary drinks […]

Talking to Teens Gabriela and Milan about Autism

By Carollyne Hutter   I have interviewed top scientists, the White House’s executive chef, and even a Disney star, but one of my most eye opening experiences was interviewing two teenagers with autism: Gabriela Alvarez and Milan Wolff. Conversing with Milan and Gabriela changed the way I view autism. You can read my interview of […]

Magazines Make a Big Impact in the Classroom

By Sue Gagliardi   Looking for a fun and engaging resource to bring literacy to life in your classroom?  Try children’s magazines! Magazines are a wonderful supplement to classroom instruction. Students are exposed to a wide variety of texts and lots of interactive content. From stories, poems, and action rhymes to nonfiction, crafts, puzzles, and […]

Enter the 3rd Annual Global Folklorist Challenge

Cricket Media and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage are pleased to cosponsor the 3rd Annual Global Folklorist Challenge. This contest connects kids from 8 to 18 with tradition bearers in in their communities,  providing young people with opportunities to tap into knowledge and skills that have been passed down from generation to generation, and giving the tradition bearers themselves a chance to tell their own personal stories. […]

Meet the Magazine: How Cricket Got Started

By Marianne Carus, founder of Cricket Magazine   Who better to start off our new “Meet the Magazine” series than the founder of Cricket Magazine, Marianne Carus. Here is an excerpt of Marianne’s essay about the founding of Cricket that originally appeared in “Celebrate Cricket: 30 Years of Stories and Art”.   I’d like to […]

Make the most out of reading with your young child

by Denise Yellen Ganot   It is no secret that reading to and with your children has social, emotional, and intellectual benefits. The good news is that it doesn’t take much—maybe just a bedtime story, or a cuddle on the couch with a good book—to achieve these benefits. When it comes to reading with your child—no […]

Parents: Get Caught Reading and Improve Your Child’s Literacy

By Jenni Buchanan, Reading Rainbow Mom   Dear Parents,   Today I’m going to encourage you to do something a little unusual. Today I’d like you to let your kids “catch” you in the furtive and secret act of… READING!   As an avid reader and the Reading Rainbow Mom, I love ALL the book-themed […]