There’s a time to be modest and there’s a time to toot your own horn. This is one of those times to shout good news from the rooftops. We are beyond pleased to announce that all 11 of Cricket Media’s magazines, Babybug, Ladybug, Spider, Cricket, Cicada, Click, Ask, Faces, Cobblestone, Dig Into History, and Muse, were honored with gold medals in the 2016 Parents’ Choice awards.
In case you don’t know about the Parents’ Choice Awards, this is the nation’s oldest nonprofit program created to recognize quality in children’s media. The award recognizes the top children’s magazines as voted upon by the Parents’ Choice Awards committee members, including families and educators across the country. The product evaluation process for the Parents’ Choice awards is focused on evaluating developmentally appropriate content, design, and function; educational value; and benefits to a child’s social and emotional growth and well-being.
So why did we win?
The judges cited “exceptional, wide-ranging content, inspired by the past and present, and by life experiences large and small,” and “well-written works of fiction and nonfiction, first-person narratives, poetry, and suspenseful serialized tales, all visualized by notable illustrators.” Judges also mentioned each magazine’s “respect for its target audience” as well as their ability to provide “ample opportunity for fascinating (and at times, unexpected) avenues of discovery through photographs, illustrations and clearly written fiction and non-fiction.”
Cricket Media led the children’s magazine industry in the number of awards received, capturing 11 of the 18 gold medals and dominating the top award category for the fifth year in a row. The 11 awards far exceeded those awarded to any other single publisher. Together, the magazines have received 137 Parents’ Choice awards throughout their history.
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