An engaging letter exchange experience that builds your child’s confidence as a reader and writer!
What Is Family & Friends?
Family & Friends fosters your child’s love for reading and writing by leveraging their natural desire for caring relationships. By motivating your child to share their curiosity and interests with a loved one, Family & Friends is the perfect way to help them grow into confident and expressive readers and writers.
Getting Your Child Excited about Reading and Writing!
- New, engaging digital magazine content to read each month
- Freedom to choose what and when they want to read
- Authentic support from someone who cares about them
- Easy-to-follow prompts that make letter writing easy and enjoyable
for engaging reading experiences.
New articles and stories
to choose from
your child's natural curiosities.
make letter-writing enjoyable.
How Do I Get Started?
It’s easy as 1-2-3!
1. Decide which magazine pack is best aligned to your child's reading level.
- New digital magazine delivered monthly for your child and their pen pal to read
- Wide variety of content types capture your child’s interest and motivate engagement
- Digital magazines alternate between literary (fiction) and discovery (non-fiction)
2. Identify the adult family member or friend you want to connect with your child.
Choose a Caring Adult...
+ Your Child
Hi, [potential pen pal for my child]!
Are you interested in being [my child]’s digital pen pal? There’s a brand-new program (CricketTogether: Family & Friends) that connects kids with a caring adult in their life for correspondence around digital magazine stories and articles. It all works through a kid-friendly website that’s safe and secure. The platform provides letter writing tips and prompts as well as a new digital magazine monthly to give you fun topics to write about with each other.
My child would like YOU to be their pen pal! Not only do I think this program would help keep my child engaged in reading and writing over the next four months, most importantly, it would give them another way to stay connected and to communicate with you.
I will complete the registration and cover the cost as long as you give me the green light that you’re willing to participate! You can find out more at cricketmedia.com/family.
Let me know if you’re interested as soon as possible! Registration for the first summer session closes on April 23rd. Participation in this session would enable you two to read digital magazines and correspond on the platform from May 1–August 31.
Thanks for considering supporting us in this way!
3. Register your child for the Summer 2021 Family & Friends Program (by April 23rd)!
Take this great opportunity to grow your child’s self-confidence as a reader and writer this summer. Introductory pricing is only $20 for the entire summer program!
Kids Ages 8–14
Summer Session Registration Deadline:
Act Fast, Registration closes in:
Frequently Asked Questions
To take full advantage of the summer session and get started on May 1, you must register by April 23. Depending on interest, we may open subsequent sessions.
Yes, you can enroll as many children as you like! Simply complete a registration form for each child, and be sure to identify a different caring adult pen pal for each child.
Absolutely. We welcome children of any age. However, the platform is most successfully navigated by children with at least 3rd grade reading and writing skills.
Yes, both struggling and advanced readers will have access to content they find interesting and engaging. Cricket carefully creates each magazine pack so that they offer content covering a wide range of reading abilities.
Our recommendations for each pack:
- SPIDER/ASK for 8–10 year-olds
- CRICKET/MUSE for children ages 11–14 year-olds
These are based on the Lexile® Framework for Reading developed by MetaMetrics, used by all major education publishers in the United States. Our recommendations are for children with reading abilities typical for their age range. If your child has lower or higher reading abilities than their peers, you might consider selecting a pack that offers more accessible or more challenging content.
During the registration process, you will be prompted to enter an email address for the caring adult pen pal you want to correspond with your child. Cricket will take care of the rest. We’ll email the good news to your chosen pen pal, and we’ll get them all set up to correspond with your child!
Family & Friends is built so that children and their caring adult pen pal can read and correspond whenever and wherever they want. Our platform has all the tools to fully support this asynchronous correspondence. Tools for live (i.e., synchronous) communication—such as video chat—are not supported at this time.