Ask Magazine

“What’s a mineral?” “What’s earth’s largest habitat?” “How does dye stick to cloth?” “Does any animal eat an animal that also eats it?” With its wide-ranging explorations of subject matter, ask magazine (arts & sciences for kids) engagingly cultivates newly independent readers’ curiosity about the wider world. Like Cricket Media’s other outstanding, age-appropriate literary and science magazines, ask mixes colorful visuals (lively graphic design, cartooning, photographs, explanatory illustrations) with multi-faceted, themed content and plenty of reader participation. Letters pages publish readers’ ideas, questions, and artwork; there are hands-on activities, short “news” items about historic facts, new inventions and scientific discoveries. The 2019 “Rock” issue encompassed, in part, how the Galapagos Islands were born and how the flora and fauna arrived there and inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution; the many ways that rocks are formed, transformed, and eroded over millions of years, how the remains of living things are preserved as fossils, the identity of an ancient bacterial life form responsible for bizarre rock formations in Australia, and creatures that camouflage themselves as rocks.

 

Lynne Heffley ©2020 Parents’ Choice

A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.

DiscoveryBox

Don Oldenburg ©2018 Parents’ Choice

A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

Truman

Kemie Nix ©2019 Parents’ Choice

Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children’s Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents’ Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

Well, Well!

Lynne Heffley ©2018 Parents’ Choice

A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.

Max Attacks

Lynne Heffley ©2019 Parents’ Choice

A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.

Hey Clay

Jennifer Wells ©2019 Parents’ Choice

For more than 20 years, Jennifer has been developing play experiences for children, with beloved organizations like Highlights and LEGO. With a Master’s degree in Children & Media, a Bachelor’s in Music, and a love of Star Trek, Jennifer has many layers.

Arrivederci, Crocodile

Lynne Heffley ©2019 Parents’ Choice

A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.

Boxitale: Knights of Nature

Sharon Heuscher ©2018 Parents’ Choice

 

Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.