Cricket Media’s Spider magazine for grade-schoolers expertly exposes independent readers to an eclectic menu of mystery, fantasy, biography, multicultural folktales, poetry (and more) and the impressive talents of the professional artists and writers who bring the content to life. Such character-building themes as inclusiveness, responsibility, empathy, friendship, and communication are imparted with a light touch, wrapped into captivating storytelling. Amusing comments from cartoon mascot Spider and his pals run along the bottom of the pages, adding another way for children to enjoy their reading experience. Recipes, jokes, crafts, readers’ creative contributions, and the foldout last pages of the magazine printed with board and card games to cut out and play round out Spider’s noteworthy offerings.
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.