Cricket Magazine Fiction and Non-Fiction Stories for Children and Young Teens April 2021

Perhaps no other single publication has inspired generations of readers as CRICKET has. Acclaimed for its high-quality fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and brilliant illustrations, CRICKET delivers intelligent, imaginative content that encourages readers to develop their own, unique creativity. Frequent contests encourage young writers to try their hand at various genres. Grades 4-8

United States
Cricket Media, Inc.
9 Issues

in this issue

1 min
cover and border

Since graduating from Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Sara has worked for over thirty-five years as an illustrator and graphic designer. This dual role as a professional increased her understanding of the function of illustration in communication arts and made her a thoughtful problem solver. Her figures occupy highly organized spaces, with shape, texture, contrast, and color all playing important parts in her concepts. Clients include magazines, newspapers, and book publishers throughout North America. Recognition includes Applied Arts, Society of Illustrators–New York, Society of Illustrators–Los Angeles, and 3x3 Illustration Annual. Away from her studio, Sara enjoys swimming, canoeing, cooking, film, and big cities. “Springtime” acrylic on illustration board…

8 min
the letter box

Dear Cricket, Ladybug, Pussywillow, and Zoot, How is everyone in Cricket Country? Did you know that BOTH my parents had Cricket when they were my age? Well, it’s true! We found some old ones, and I can’t stop reading! Cricket, sometimes I can hear crickets in the yard in the evening. I wonder if you know them. Ladybug, I like you! I think you would be fun to hang around! Pussywillow, you are so cute! I think I might die of a cuteness overload! Zoot, my sister, Greta, is in love with you! She is six and wants a magazine starring you! I think that would be fun. Inez Gerbeck, age 9 Bainbridge Island, Washington Dear Everybuggy, I’ve enjoyed Cricket ever since the mag was released. I’ve collected Cricket mags since . . . I…

8 min
impromptu performance

SOME PEOPLE THINK being in the ensemble of a play is boring. I disagree. To me, any chance to stand onstage is a thrill. And sometimes ensemble members do cool stuff. For instance, in Mayflower Middle School’s upcoming production of The Legendary Cowherd, eight of us play a sixteen-legged dragon, with me bringing up the rear. As Team Dragon waits for our cue at dress rehearsal, I swing our tail, enjoying the swish of its Mylar streamers. We might be unrecognizable beneath the glitter-draped framework, but it’s still fun bringing a fantastical creature to life. A shout rings from the stage. “I will defend this realm!” The stagehand signals us, and Team Dragon files onstage only to be blocked by Vijay, the lead actor. “Halt!” he cries. Where there’s a…

1 min
strawberry fool

Fruit fools are popular English desserts that date back to the sixteenth century. Traditionally, fools are made with tart berries like gooseberries, raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries. The fruit is pureed or mashed, sweetened with sugar, and chilled, then folded into stiffly beaten whipped cream and chilled again. Why this dessert is called a fool is a mystery. Some think the name comes from the French fouler, meaning to crush. Or it may have been borrowed from the Arabic dish known as a ful or foul, which is made from softened and mashed beans. But perhaps it was just named after people who acted like mad fools for this delicious dessert. What You’ll Need: 1 pint of fresh strawberries 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar 1 pint heavy whipping cream, chilled (or prepared whipped topping) 5 chocolate…

10 min
boarding school

ONE MORE OUT and we would win the game, thanks to my home run. One more hit and we would lose, because of the error I had just made at first base. After only two weeks at my new school, I would be a hero or a goat. I knew which story I wanted to tell my dad when he picked me up on Saturday morning. I used my toe to draw a lucky horseshoe in the dirt as our pitcher delivered. Whack! My head snapped around as a line drive shot toward left field. But Jamie at shortstop timed his leap perfectly. He speared it in the webbing of his glove, then crashed to the ground. I raced across the diamond as my teammates whooped for joy. I helped Jamie up,…

10 min
what the angels call me

The year is 1911, and three Chinese boys—Gan, Feng, and Thomas—are on their way to America to join their fathers. To enter the country, they must first pass through the immigration station on Angel Island in San Francisco. There, they face intense questioning by immigration officers, nicknamed “angels” by the Chinese, who are eager to find any reason to keep Chinese immigrants from entering America. In the mid-1800s, many Chinese came to America in the wake of the California Gold Rush and building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Although they faced discrimination—Gan remembers how his grandfather returned to China after his store in America was burned—many stayed, only occasionally returning to China to visit their families. But in 1882, the harsh Chinese Exclusion Act banned all new Chinese immigrants from entering America,…