If you were lucky enough to grow up as a CRICKET reader, than you were lucky enough to have been exposed to quality literature every month. From its inception, the pages of CRICKET magazine have been crammed with the type of writers who win national writing awards.
Here are just 5 of the award-winning writers you read first in CRICKET Magazine:
Lloyd Alexander is probably best known as the Newbery Medal and National Book Award winning author of the Chronicles of Prydian series but he was also an founding member of the original CRICKET Editorial Advisory Board and for a long time the voice of “Old Cricket,” the beloved closing page of the magazine.
Eve Bunting won the Caldecott medal and the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her first story for CRICKET, “A Fish for Finn” appeared in CRICKET in May 1974.
Sid Fleishman, author of the Newbery award-winning novel “The Whipping Boy” is another children’s book luminary to write for CRICKET. A draft of the story that was to become “McBroom the Rainmaker” appeared in the first issue of CRICKET with illustrations done by no less than Quentin Blake, who himself is probably best known as the illustrator used for many of Roald Dahls’ novels as well as being a frequent contributor to CRICKET over the years.
Walter Dean Myers is known for novels such as Monster, Winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award, a National Book Award Finalist, A Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner and a New York Times Bestseller, but stories such as “The Cub” entertained children reading CRICKET back in July 1987.
Isaac Bashevis Singer won both the Nobel Prize and the National Book Award for his stories and served as a member of the original CRICKET Editorial Advisory Board. His story “Why Noah Chose the Dove” appeared in the very first issue of CRICKET and other stories were published in CRICKET regularly for many years. In fact, you can sometimes find a reprint of an Isaac Bashevis Singer in CRICKET Magazine to this day.
Chances are you read these amazing authors and many more in CRICKET first. Isn’t it great to know that your children can grow up reading the same quality stories you relished as a child? Who knows what literary stars of tomorrow may be found in this month’s issue.
Art by Hector Viveros Lee.