A Few Haiku for You

Look around outside. What do you see? A bird? A flower? A sunset? A tree? Each one would make a great haiku — for you!   The Japanese haiku, one of the oldest forms of poetry, teaches us much about the art and craft of poem-making. The entire poem consists of only three short lines, […]

Poems About Poetry for National Poetry Month

Have you ever read a poem ABOUT poetry? Have you ever written one?   All it takes is a metaphor (comparison) and your imagination!   Here are some poems with metaphors that compare poems to lots of different things.     What’s a Poem?   A whisper, A shout, Thoughts turned Inside out.   A […]

The Real Reason There Are No Ads in Cricket Media Magazines

I work in the marketing department at Cricket Media, so naturally it is my job to get the word out about how great our magazines and products are. CRICKET magazine has been entertaining children since 1973 and like many of the people who work here, I distinctly remember racing to the mailbox every month when […]

Discover Summer: Read to Develop Critical Thinking Skills

Helping our kids develop critical thinking skills can be one of the most challenging tasks we have as parents.  Teaching them to not only pay attention to how their behavior affects those in their day to day life, but how it can cause a ripple effect that impacts society as a whole is important to […]

Cricket Writers and Illustrators Receive SCBWI Recognition

Since 1973, we have featured stories written by some of the most talented, creative, and smart writers in the world and ensured those stories are accompanied by illustrations created by equally amazing and talented artists. Every story and each illustration on the pages of any of our 11 children’s magazines is there to encourage young readers […]

Toddler Tech

When I was pregnant and took a tour of my daughter’s future daycare, I wasn’t surprised to see a computer lab called “Tech Town.” I assumed Tech Town was for the older kids, since the school went up to kindergarten, so I was surprised to find out that weekly trips to the computer lab began […]

Have You Heard About Our New Bug Band?

If you happened to look at the address bar on the latest issues of Cricket Media’s 11 award-winning magazines, you may have noticed something new: a line of small circles each with a character or symbol relating to a specific magazine. Each circle is in black except the magazine you are looking at, which is […]

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 […]

Where Did I Go?

Recently, we posted a new rare children’s book to our Story Bug app called A Apple Pie. This book, written and illustrated by Kate Greenaway, belongs to the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress and was originally published in 1886. It’s a beautiful book with Kate Greenaway’s iconic style of […]

Reading for Joy on Read Across America Day!

By Jenni Buchanan, Reading Rainbow Mom March 2nd is Read Across America Day, an annual reading motivation and awareness celebration founded by the National Education Association on March 2, 1998 in honor of the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. This is a day not just to celebrate, but to revel in and share […]