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www.crickettogether.com Cricket Media® is a global education company creating high-quality print and multi-media products for children, families, mentors, teachers, and partners that improve learning opportunities for everyone. Led by our 11 award-winning children’s magazines and our customizable research-tested collaborative learning platform, we are committed to creating and supporting innovativ

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Happy Friday, everyone! Raise your hand if you're gonna spend some time in the garden this weekend
06/04/2021

Happy Friday, everyone! Raise your hand if you're gonna spend some time in the garden this weekend

Happy Friday, everyone! Raise your hand if you're gonna spend some time in the garden this weekend

🐉 Dragon and Squirrel are best friends and love to visit one another, but Dragon is too big to sit in Squirrel's comfy a...
06/04/2021

🐉 Dragon and Squirrel are best friends and love to visit one another, but Dragon is too big to sit in Squirrel's comfy armchair and Squirrel is too little to reach the table from Dragon's tall Viking chair. What do they do? Find out in this absolutely adorable story from LADYBUG Magazine! Read and download the whole story here: https://bit.ly/3pmLe7L

Get more from LADYBUG: https://bit.ly/3uPlMZB

🐉 Dragon and Squirrel are best friends and love to visit one another, but Dragon is too big to sit in Squirrel's comfy armchair and Squirrel is too little to reach the table from Dragon's tall Viking chair. What do they do? Find out in this absolutely adorable story from LADYBUG Magazine! Read and download the whole story here: https://bit.ly/3pmLe7L

Get more from LADYBUG: https://bit.ly/3uPlMZB

Ok, so some of the animals that call South Korea home are super interesting! Read about the vampire deer, the Korean mag...
06/03/2021

Ok, so some of the animals that call South Korea home are super interesting! Read about the vampire deer, the Korean magpies, and the lungless salamanders here!

Ok, so some of the animals that call South Korea home are super interesting! Read about the vampire deer, the Korean magpies, and the lungless salamanders here!

#ThrowbackThursday! This beautiful cover art from the April 2010 issue of CRICKET was created by legendary children’s au...
06/03/2021

#ThrowbackThursday! This beautiful cover art from the April 2010 issue of CRICKET was created by legendary children’s author and illustrator Eric Carle. Carle, who sadly passed away last week, published over 70 books in his lifetime.

Discover CRICKET: https://bit.ly/3yXObQA

#ThrowbackThursday! This beautiful cover art from the April 2010 issue of CRICKET was created by legendary children’s author and illustrator Eric Carle. Carle, who sadly passed away last week, published over 70 books in his lifetime.

Discover CRICKET: https://bit.ly/3yXObQA

For the most recent issue of MUSE, Melissa Hart interviewed Courtney Craven (they/them), a gamer and disability activist...
06/02/2021

For the most recent issue of MUSE, Melissa Hart interviewed Courtney Craven (they/them), a gamer and disability activist. Read about what they're doing to help other deaf and hard of hearing gamers, and then head over to www.caniplaythat.com to see how accessible some of your favorite games are and check out the accessibility reference guides

For the most recent issue of MUSE, Melissa Hart interviewed Courtney Craven (they/them), a gamer and disability activist. Read about what they're doing to help other deaf and hard of hearing gamers, and then head over to www.caniplaythat.com to see how accessible some of your favorite games are and check out the accessibility reference guides

Which NeuLingo course is right for your child? We offer 1:1 virtual Mandarin lessons for all levels between ages 5-16! E...
06/02/2021

Which NeuLingo course is right for your child? We offer 1:1 virtual Mandarin lessons for all levels between ages 5-16! Explore the different options and learn more about NeuLingo: https://bit.ly/3plry4k

We've all been there. We really want to do something or go somewhere and have to wait for everyone to be ready and consi...
06/01/2021
Pumpkin Planting | Storytime from Ladybug Magazine | Cricket Media

We've all been there. We really want to do something or go somewhere and have to wait for everyone to be ready and consider everyone's interests when planning. In "Pumpkin Planting" from LADYBUG Magazine, Emmy practices her patience and learns about compromise. https://youtu.be/d0N0La0qjSM

We've all been there. We really want to do something or go somewhere and have to wait for everyone to be ready and consider everyone's interests when plannin...

✨ Calling all writers! Our award-winning children's literary magazines (BABYBUG, LADYBUG, SPIDER, CRICKET) are looking f...
06/01/2021

✨ Calling all writers! Our award-winning children's literary magazines (BABYBUG, LADYBUG, SPIDER, CRICKET) are looking for stories and poetry about helping, legendary kids, Fall, ancient worlds, games and sports, exploring the world, and more! Submissions are due by August 15! Learn more: https://bit.ly/3c8V2wC #CallForSubmissions #kidlit

✨ Calling all writers! Our award-winning children's literary magazines (BABYBUG, LADYBUG, SPIDER, CRICKET) are looking for stories and poetry about helping, legendary kids, Fall, ancient worlds, games and sports, exploring the world, and more! Submissions are due by August 15! Learn more: https://bit.ly/3c8V2wC #CallForSubmissions #kidlit

Have a wonderful and meaningful Memorial Day, from our Cricket family to yours!
05/31/2021

Have a wonderful and meaningful Memorial Day, from our Cricket family to yours!

Have a wonderful and meaningful Memorial Day, from our Cricket family to yours!

To celebrate the best season for picking fruits, we're ending your week with a story from LADYBUG all about. picking str...
05/28/2021

To celebrate the best season for picking fruits, we're ending your week with a story from LADYBUG all about. picking strawberries! Check it out here https://bit.ly/3uxbHAx

To celebrate the best season for picking fruits, we're ending your week with a story from LADYBUG all about. picking strawberries! Check it out here https://bit.ly/3uxbHAx

Hurry! Registration for CricketTogether: Family & Friends closes in just 3 days! Our safe and secure platform provides a...
05/28/2021

Hurry! Registration for CricketTogether: Family & Friends closes in just 3 days! Our safe and secure platform provides a welcoming environment for kids to correspond with a caring adult pen pal and digitally delivers fresh, award-winning magazines monthly, so they always have something to write about!

Introductory pricing is only $20! Register for CricketTogether: Family & Friends by May 31st to join the summer session: https://bit.ly/3rJ7bO2

Hurry! Registration for CricketTogether: Family & Friends closes in just 3 days! Our safe and secure platform provides a welcoming environment for kids to correspond with a caring adult pen pal and digitally delivers fresh, award-winning magazines monthly, so they always have something to write about!

Introductory pricing is only $20! Register for CricketTogether: Family & Friends by May 31st to join the summer session: https://bit.ly/3rJ7bO2

This short article from COBBLESTONE details a few of Harry S. Truman's contemporaries from around the globe. One has a h...
05/27/2021

This short article from COBBLESTONE details a few of Harry S. Truman's contemporaries from around the globe. One has a holiday in his honor, another has a religion in his honor, and the other didn't work well with others.

This short article from COBBLESTONE details a few of Harry S. Truman's contemporaries from around the globe. One has a holiday in his honor, another has a religion in his honor, and the other didn't work well with others.

We published this blog post in June 2019 for the 50th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In light of Eric Carle...
05/27/2021
Spotlight on Eric Carle - Cricket Media

We published this blog post in June 2019 for the 50th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In light of Eric Carle's passing, we wanted to share this glimpse into his interesting life, career, and some of the gorgeous cover art that he created for CRICKET Magazine.

https://cricketmedia.com/blog/reading/spotlight-on-eric-carle/

Kids all over the world can list The Very Hungry Caterpillar as one of their favorite books. In fact, the same can be said for generations of kids. The children’s classic turned 50 years old earlier this month. But did you know that beloved author and illustrator Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hu...

We are saddened to learn of the passing of legendary children's author and illustrator #EricCarle, who delighted million...
05/27/2021
Eric Carle, Author of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar,’ Dies at 91

We are saddened to learn of the passing of legendary children's author and illustrator #EricCarle, who delighted millions of children with his books and contributed wonderful illustrations to CRICKET Magazine. Many of our own childhoods have been enriched by his unforgettable books.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/26/books/eric-carle-dead.html

A self-described “picture writer,” he wrote and illustrated more than 70 books for young children, selling more than 170 million copies.

Numbers have been around for about as long as humans. Read about the evolution of numbers in this article from ASK, and ...
05/26/2021

Numbers have been around for about as long as humans. Read about the evolution of numbers in this article from ASK, and then try your hand at deciphering some of the numbering systems

"Drawing a snake and adding feet to it" is a great way to describe behavior that's just a little 'extra.' Why didn't we ...
05/26/2021

"Drawing a snake and adding feet to it" is a great way to describe behavior that's just a little 'extra.' Why didn't we think of that? NeuLingo introduces kids aged 5-16 to Chinese language, culture, and traditions in a safe 1:1 online setting! Get started with NeuLingo: https://bit.ly/3vrjEsd

Literally, the Chinese idiom "画huà 蛇Shé 添Tiān 足Zú" means "to draw a snake and add feet to it ". It is used as a metaphor for extra unnecessary behaviors. It tells us that there is no need to overdo something.

In this article from SPIDER, we learn about creating beauty from broken ceramics through an ancient Japanese art form ca...
05/25/2021

In this article from SPIDER, we learn about creating beauty from broken ceramics through an ancient Japanese art form called kintsugi. We also get some insight into the art form from Gen Saratani, whose family has been practicing kintsugi for three generations now! https://bit.ly/3vkNfDJ

In this article from SPIDER, we learn about creating beauty from broken ceramics through an ancient Japanese art form called kintsugi. We also get some insight into the art form from Gen Saratani, whose family has been practicing kintsugi for three generations now! https://bit.ly/3vkNfDJ

The latest issue of CRICKET Magazine concludes the stunningly beautiful Russian fairytale "Katerina and the Bright Falco...
05/25/2021

The latest issue of CRICKET Magazine concludes the stunningly beautiful Russian fairytale "Katerina and the Bright Falcon," retold by Deborah Gee Zigenis with breathtaking art by Linda Wingerter. Now we're excited to share all 5 parts of the story with you!
Part 1: https://bit.ly/3yCUdGd
Part 2: https://bit.ly/3hQwY5B
Part 3: https://bit.ly/2RBqQ6B
Part 4: https://bit.ly/3oMd4Ku
Part 5: https://bit.ly/2QPcSNR

The latest issue of CRICKET Magazine concludes the stunningly beautiful Russian fairytale "Katerina and the Bright Falcon," retold by Deborah Gee Zigenis with breathtaking art by Linda Wingerter. Now we're excited to share all 5 parts of the story with you!
Part 1: https://bit.ly/3yCUdGd
Part 2: https://bit.ly/3hQwY5B
Part 3: https://bit.ly/2RBqQ6B
Part 4: https://bit.ly/3oMd4Ku
Part 5: https://bit.ly/2QPcSNR

🖍️ #MakeItMonday! Finally, a use for all of the broken crayons in your house! Not only does this colorful goo look reall...
05/24/2021

🖍️ #MakeItMonday! Finally, a use for all of the broken crayons in your house! Not only does this colorful goo look really cool, it's extremely satisfying to touch!

Get more from SPIDER Magazine: https://bit.ly/3wu57fE

🖍️ #MakeItMonday! Finally, a use for all of the broken crayons in your house! Not only does this colorful goo look really cool, it's extremely satisfying to touch!

Get more from SPIDER Magazine: https://bit.ly/3wu57fE

How do you end a beautiful, sunny Friday? With a poem that's just as warm and beautiful. Here's "Grasshopper" by Cindy B...
05/21/2021

How do you end a beautiful, sunny Friday? With a poem that's just as warm and beautiful. Here's "Grasshopper" by Cindy Breedlove and illustrated by John Joven!

How do you end a beautiful, sunny Friday? With a poem that's just as warm and beautiful. Here's "Grasshopper" by Cindy Breedlove and illustrated by John Joven!

There's still 10 days left to register for the CricketTogether: Family & Friends summer session! Take this great opportu...
05/21/2021

There's still 10 days left to register for the CricketTogether: Family & Friends summer session! Take this great opportunity to grow your child’s self-confidence as a reader and writer this summer. Introductory pricing is only $20 for the entire summer session! Discover CricketTogether: Family & Friends and sign up now: https://bit.ly/2PPEKB1

There's still 10 days left to register for the CricketTogether: Family & Friends summer session! Take this great opportunity to grow your child’s self-confidence as a reader and writer this summer. Introductory pricing is only $20 for the entire summer session! Discover CricketTogether: Family & Friends and sign up now: https://bit.ly/2PPEKB1

You've probably heard of the group BTS and maybe you've even witnessed some of the excitement around them. What makes th...
05/20/2021

You've probably heard of the group BTS and maybe you've even witnessed some of the excitement around them. What makes them so amazing? Well, that's just the magic of K-Pop! You can read more about K-Pop in this article from FACES https://bit.ly/3hDxIe3

You've probably heard of the group BTS and maybe you've even witnessed some of the excitement around them. What makes them so amazing? Well, that's just the magic of K-Pop! You can read more about K-Pop in this article from FACES https://bit.ly/3hDxIe3

#ThrowbackThursday! This artwork by Tomie dePaola appeared on the cover of the May 1983 issue of CRICKET magazine!One of...
05/20/2021

#ThrowbackThursday! This artwork by Tomie dePaola appeared on the cover of the May 1983 issue of CRICKET magazine!

One of the most prolific names in children's literature, dePaola has illustrated and/or written over 200 books, including the Strega Nona stories. Winner of the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian institution, he was also one of the few writers to win both a Caldecott Honor and Newbery Honor. Mr. dePaola sadly passed away at age 85 in 2020.

Explore CRICKET: https://bit.ly/2gjvLGf

#ThrowbackThursday! This artwork by Tomie dePaola appeared on the cover of the May 1983 issue of CRICKET magazine!

One of the most prolific names in children's literature, dePaola has illustrated and/or written over 200 books, including the Strega Nona stories. Winner of the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian institution, he was also one of the few writers to win both a Caldecott Honor and Newbery Honor. Mr. dePaola sadly passed away at age 85 in 2020.

Explore CRICKET: https://bit.ly/2gjvLGf

Stethoscopes have always seemed cool, but at the same time a little weird, because how do they even work, right? Well MU...
05/19/2021

Stethoscopes have always seemed cool, but at the same time a little weird, because how do they even work, right? Well MUSE breaks down the answer for us. Apparently, they work a lot like our ears!

Stethoscopes have always seemed cool, but at the same time a little weird, because how do they even work, right? Well MUSE breaks down the answer for us. Apparently, they work a lot like our ears!

Meet Chengcheng and Honghong, two characters from NeuLingo, our Chinese language learning program from kids! You'll see ...
05/19/2021

Meet Chengcheng and Honghong, two characters from NeuLingo, our Chinese language learning program from kids! You'll see more of them soon (but be aware-- Honghong tends to change colors!)

Get started with NeuLingo: https://bit.ly/3v46TDL

In every community, there are people who help keep that community running safely and smoothly. This article from CLICK c...
05/18/2021

In every community, there are people who help keep that community running safely and smoothly. This article from CLICK covers just a few of those scommunity helpers

🎉 Congratulations to Pooja K. from New Jersey, winner of the Cricket Choice Award in the 2021 Invent It Challenge! Her i...
05/18/2021

🎉 Congratulations to Pooja K. from New Jersey, winner of the Cricket Choice Award in the 2021 Invent It Challenge! Her invention, the ProTech Helmet, is a high-tech helmet designed for playing Ultimate Frisbee— inspired by her own experience getting hit in the face by a Frisbee!

Check out all of the winning entries here: https://bit.ly/2QrIcSE

🎉 Congratulations to Pooja K. from New Jersey, winner of the Cricket Choice Award in the 2021 Invent It Challenge! Her invention, the ProTech Helmet, is a high-tech helmet designed for playing Ultimate Frisbee— inspired by her own experience getting hit in the face by a Frisbee!

Check out all of the winning entries here: https://bit.ly/2QrIcSE

This week's storytime shows why you should pay attention during those weather safety assemblies in school. Here's "The D...
05/17/2021
The Day I Didn't Go to the Pool | Story Time from CRICKET Magazine

This week's storytime shows why you should pay attention during those weather safety assemblies in school. Here's "The Day I Didn't Go to the Pool" from CRICKET Magazine, written by Leslie J. Wyatt and Illustrated by Kyle Reed https://youtu.be/aE5c1jX0CcI

This week's story time is "The Day I Didn't Go to the Pool" from CRICKET Magazine, written by Leslie J. Wyatt and Illustrated by Kyle Reed---Babybug - ages 3...

#MakeItMonday! Create the ultimate paper airplane with this craft from the latest issue of LADYBUG!Get more from LADYBUG...
05/17/2021

#MakeItMonday! Create the ultimate paper airplane with this craft from the latest issue of LADYBUG!

Get more from LADYBUG: https://bit.ly/3fmzQnO

#MakeItMonday! Create the ultimate paper airplane with this craft from the latest issue of LADYBUG!

Get more from LADYBUG: https://bit.ly/3fmzQnO

This weekend, take a cue from nature while you bask in all its beauty. Enjoy your weekend, everyone!
05/14/2021

This weekend, take a cue from nature while you bask in all its beauty. Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

This weekend, take a cue from nature while you bask in all its beauty. Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

Want to learn what CricketTogether: Family & Friends, our new summer reading program, is all about? Read about it here, ...
05/14/2021
Introducing CricketTogether: Family & Friends! - Cricket Media

Want to learn what CricketTogether: Family & Friends, our new summer reading program, is all about? Read about it here, and sign up for our second summer session by May 31 to get started!

https://cricketmedia.com/blog/introducing-crickettogether-family-friends/

It’s been a strange year. One of the many things that’s changed since early 2020 is the way we spend time with family and friends. Families that usually spend the summer traveling across the country to visit relatives may have skipped their usual vacations. Neighbors that usually get together fo...

The May/June issue of COBBLESTONE is all about Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the US. Here are a few fun facts a...
05/13/2021

The May/June issue of COBBLESTONE is all about Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the US. Here are a few fun facts about Truman!

The May/June issue of COBBLESTONE is all about Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the US. Here are a few fun facts about Truman!

05/13/2021

This summer is the perfect time for kids to learn a cool new skill! NeuLingo broadens horizons and futures by giving all children ages 5-16 the chance to learn Mandarin Chinese with native speaking teachers in a fun and immersive online environment! Discover NeuLingo now: https://bit.ly/39vTcoq

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I am so very confused. I went into your website to order a gift subscription to a teacher - a digital subscription and 53 copies of the print magazine for her students. My order was canceled on the website! So I called customer service. An agent took my information and promised someone would reply to me. No one did. So I called again today. After half an hour of the agent checking, I'm not sure what, we were disconnected. I called back. This time, somehow, I got an agent who knew what I wanted, almost! It took her more than 30 minutes to take my order. Even still she wanted to charge me the incorrect amount for the bulk order. I had to give her the prices listed on the website. In the end the order has been processed, I think. It has been, without a doubt, one of the most difficult online/telephone ordering experiences in my life. Your customer service agents don't seem to have all the information that they need, why? I had to explain to her what the products were that I wanted, as if she didn't know your products. I would have happily placed the order online, but it was canceled after I submitted my order. I just don't understand. I hope that someone will see this and look into your ordering processes and fix whatever is broken.
I'd like to get a COMPLETE REFUND for my subscription! It's December 23rd! And I placed an order September 20th! The subscription is not here in my mailbox and your careless implementation is validated! I did give you guys an opportunity to make amends but you guys at Cricket Media blew it! You have failed a customer and this is not how a business grows!
Do t waste time trying to order, lousy webpage and even worse customer service. Complaint filed with BBB and canceled transaction with my bank. Waste of 2 hours trying to order!!
DO NOT RENEW MY SUBSCRIPTION. YOU PROVIDE NO WAY ON YOUR WEBSITE TO DO THIS. THIS MAKES ME ANGRY.
Gentlepersons, Why is Perma Bound Books reprinting Grace Cornell Tall poems that were published in Cricket without my permission? Do they have your permission to reprint these poems, poems that I retain all legal rights to? If so, I must remind you of the agreement I have with Cricket Media; I gladly granted you permission to reprint GCT poems, but that did not include you granting permission to other publishers. I must remind you that GCT retained copyright to her poems published in Cricket Media, intellectual properties that I succeed. Please look into this as, if you did not grant permission, Cricket Media as well as me is being exploited, an egregious violation of intellectual property laws. I can be reached via messaging at Grace Cornell Grace Cornell Tall, American PoetGrace Cornell Tall, American Poet American Poet fb page that I manage and administrate. A copy of my notice to Perma Bound Books is posted on that page's timeline. Sincerely, David Thane Cornell Literary Trustee To Grace Cornell Tall Poetry.
Be careful of auto-renewal, subscribers. I received a notice about it, never replied though. Was thinking it over. Imagine my surprise when I saw a renewal charge on my bank account. I'd had not approved it. Who wants to do business with a company that operates this way?
We subscribed to Muse and Cricket growing up and I have gifted various subscriptions to young people recently. I'm extremely disturbed and disappointed to learn about the recent article in Ask about ice cream and its inaccurate and harmful depiction of slavery (described in detail below). Please change the way you approach stories, which can start by hiring more Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. https://www.facebook.com/cricketmedia/posts/1503276379859498
This post has been a long time coming. BEWARE to potential customers of Cricket Media. Very poor customer service and total lack of business ethics. Purchased a Cobblestones sybscription at Christmas for my grandson. As of April, he STILL had not received a copy of the magazine. I was assured problem was resolved and that he'd get his next issue. 2 months came and went and NO delivery to our grand-son. Had enough and asked for a full refund. Big run around, but was told they would send me a check. Again, another 2 months and I have not received anything. 7 months of unmet expectations and HORRIBLE customer service. I would NOT recommend this company to my worst enemy. They seem to have the collection of your money down just fine, but anything after that and THEY SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Would NEVER do business with them again and will BLAST the hell out og them on social media every chance I get.
I placed an order in June for a July subscription to Spider & Ask for my son. They have not arrived yet. I tried emailing your customer service and did not receive a reply. Subscriptions placed with other similar companies at the same time arrived at the beginning of July. When will your magazines arrive? My son is waiting.
Here are some stories to help your children with what is going on right now.
Very disappointed that you are offering plush toys as an incentive for a subscription. Plush toys are made from petroleum products, the use of which adds to climate change and the toys eventually end up in our landfills. You can do better.
Cricket magazine was my absolute favourite as a kid and I still remember the high quality writing and illustrations which still influence me today! Opened up my mind!