Although it’s been around since the 1970s, Cricket Magazine, Cricket Media’s first-rate literary magazine for tweens and young teens, is as fresh, relevant, and engaging as ever. Eclectic offerings in recent months included a Persian folktale, biographies about 19th century Spanish architect Antoni Gaud? and 18th century American Deborah Sampson (who fought in the Revolutionary War and was officially recognized for her service with a military pension), and a fascinating story about an ingenious, real-life, 1902 amusement attraction called the “Haunted Swing.” Some stories are serialized, suspensefully continuing from issue to issue. (There’s no writing “down” to readers.) Pages are reserved for readers’ original writing and artwork and book reviews. Each issue’s collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biography, illustrations, and photography is widely sourced and thoughtfully curated.
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.