Best of 2015: Articles

While our literary magazines (Babybug, Ladybug, Spider, Cricket, and Cicada) feature “the best of the best” for children in stories and poems, our discovery magazines provide the best for children who want to explore the world through science, history, art, archeology, or geography. Below you’ll find our editors’ picks for the best articles of 2015 […]

The Best of 2015: Stories

2015 was a year filled with inspiring, inventive, and imagination-enriching stories and articles in all of Cricket Media’s magazines. Even for the editors, it was hard to choose a favorite (“It’s like having to choose a favorite child!” complained one editor.) but choose they did. Today we are pleased to present our editors’ picks for […]

Stories to Share on Christmas Day

Church is over, the presents have been opening, and dinner is nothing but leftovers. Now what? Storytime is what! Please enjoy these heartwarming stories just perfect for a Christmas afternoon with someone(s) you love. It’s the perfect time to snuggle up, get cozy, and relax with some good old-fashioned Christmas cheer.   The Christmas Day […]

Stories Perfect for ‘The Night Before Christmas’

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house…everyone is clamoring for a story that doesn’t start with “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Don’t panic! There’s no need to wrack your brains or search your bookshelves for another story. The Cricket archives have you covered. We hope the story, poem, and crossbird puzzle included […]


‘Tis the season for Shopapalooza.   The first rule of Shopapalooza is we don’t talk about Shopapalooza.   We don’t tell our husbands or our mothers about how much we spent. We hush up about the fact that we likely rebought the same gift we got our kids last year because we forgot we already […]

Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly

Don’t you hate it when you’re singing along with a song, and you realize the artist got the words wrong? Often, I like the wrong version of the song better. According to the interwebs, misunderstood lyrics have their own special name: mondegreens.   In my family, misunderstood lyrics are genetic, and our kids sing the […]

10 Gift Ideas That Are Better Than Toys

Am I the only one with a child under the age of 10 who doesn’t need to head to Toys R Us this year? In fact, I didn’t need to head there last year either. It seems strange to admit this, but my daughter doesn’t really play with toys any more.   If you are […]

A Hanukkah Story to Enjoy with Your Family

The latkas have been eaten.   The dreidles have been spun.   The candles have been lit.   The presents have been opened.   But your family is still clamoring for more Hanukkah, right? Who can blame them? Hanukkah is meant to be celebration, a joyous event, a simcha. Here is a Hanukkah story guaranteed […]

Cricket’s Legacy of Celebrating Diversity

Check out the cover above. It’s from the pilot issue of Cricket magazine which appeared nearly 43 years ago in September 1973. What do you notice? If you said “diversity” I won’t point out that you probably figured that out from the title of this blog post. You see, today we aren’t at all surprised […]

Cricket Magazines are Better than Books Because…

Parental confession time: I’ve hidden books from my children.   (Start shame spiral)   Yes. It’s true.   Don’t get me wrong – I love, *LOVE* reading to my kids. I love snuggling with them in bed. I love watching them become engaged in the story and when they turn the page to find out […]