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

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

April 2020

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

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Cricket Media, Inc.
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9 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
cricket us

CRICKET STAFF Lonnie Plecha Editor Anna Lender Art Director Patrick Murray Designer Carolyn Digby Conahan Staff Artist Deborah Vetter Senior Contributing Editor Julie Peterson Copyeditor Emily Cambias Assistant Editor Stacey Lane Smith Assistant Editor Adrienne Matzen Permissions Specialist CRICKET ADVISORY BOARD Marianne Carus Founder and Editor-in-Chief from 1972–2012 Kieran Egan Professor of Education, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Betsy Hearne Professor, University of Illinois, Champaign; Critic, Author Sybille Jagusch Children’s Literature Specialist Linda Sue Park Author Katherine Paterson Author Barbara Scharioth Former Director of the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany Anita Silvey Author, Critic Sandra Stotsky Professor of Education Reform, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Roger Sutton Editor-in-Chief of The Horn Book Magazine, Critic Ann Thwaite Author, Critic…

1 min.
cover and border

“Hanami” (a cherry blossom viewing party) Digitally created on the iPad using the Procreate app I drew all the time as a girl, everywhere, including on the wallpaper and behind furniture, where my mother would discover secret drawings years later. My parents understood —Dad was a designer and painter, and Mom was a fashion illustrator and art teacher. I knew from a young age that telling stories through art was not only going to be my career but also the focus of my life. I received my first illustration job when I was twelve, studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design, and still love spending all my time painting and drawing illustrations for children’s books and magazines. I live in Massachusetts with my artist models: my husband, daughter, our dog,…

9 min.
the letterbox

Dear Everybuggy, My nonna recently found my mom’s old Cricket magazines. I was reading them one day when a story from the October 1976 issue caught my eye. “Minnie Maloney and Macaroni” is about a family who buys seven boxes of macaroni every day for good luck. Knowing me, I decided to calculate how many boxes per year Minnie bought: 2,555! Imagine all the mac and cheese you could make with such a number! Maybe I can convince my grandmother, as we’re off to the store right now. Toodles! Eva Middleton, age 12 Hightstown, New Jersey Hello! I am a new Chatterboxer. A little about myself: I enjoy crafts such as knitting, beading, and book binding. I take karate. I like biking. I play piano. I have a large number of siblings. I absolutely love…

9 min.
business and bows

NISHINOMIYA MIDDLE SCHOOL’S last period ends, and summer break begins. As we bustle off, everyone buzzes about vacation plans. Many are taking the bullet train to Kyoto or Tokyo to sightsee. Some talk about the beach and camping. Others have more industrious activities. I gape at the workbooks Shiori shows off as we leave school. “English and Spanish summer classes?” Just looking at the foreign words, so different from our Japanese characters, makes my head hurt. She pokes me with her elbow. “Eri, some of us enjoy learning languages.” “If you ask me, that stuff’s too complicated to enjoy.” Shiori laughs. “I can say the same about kimonos. All those knots and sashes—I don’t know how you can remember them, let alone think they’re fun. Speaking of which, is that what you’re doing? Working…

7 min.
a wish for kali

“IF ONLY I’D been born in August, Papa would’ve been home with me on my birthday,” I said sadly. “Why does his army posting take him so far away from home?” “You know Papa would be here if he could.” Mamma squeezed my hand gently. “August is almost here, Raani. We’ll try making the most of your birthday without Papa. Remember my promise?” “Of course, I do,” I said, cheering up instantly. We were walking down the crowded temple bazaar of Kalibari, the home of the goddess Kali. Roadside vendors noisily hawked their colorful wares as a steady stream of devotees made their way to the temple, its vermilion dome blazing against the clear blue June sky. “Khan, you sell the most expensive fruits in Shimla,” Mamma complained when we stopped at the fruit…

1 min.
basant panchami

From dawn until dusk within the walls of Old Lahorein the very heart of Pakistanhigh above the domes of the Badshahi Mosquethe sky explodes with flying paper birds,blues and greens and goldstrailing rainbow-colored tails and yellow ribbons. Men fly kites from rooftop terracesto the whistling, drums, and songs that echofrom the fruit- and flower-filled marketplace belowwhile women draped in saris the color of mustard fields in bloomserve fragrant yellow rice with henna-painted handsas beaded bangles click-click along their arms. Small children dressed in yellow chant prayersas they read and write their first wordsto honor the Goddess Saraswati’s birthday,then run into the narrow streetskites dancing in the skyto celebrate the coming of spring. On the fifth day of spring, or Basant Panchami, Hindus in Pakistan, India, and around the world wear bright yellow clothes…