Cricket Media Magazine Subscription Review: Cricket, Click, and Ask Magazines!

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CRICKET Magazine delivers magazines to kids who love contemporary stories and classic literature from the best writers all around the globe. Nine time a year, you’ll get a magazine filled with illustrations, puzzles, and entertaining feature stories for $33.95 per year. You’ll also get to meet CRICKET’s signature cast who’ll offer humorous side comments, teach vocabulary, and introduce advance concepts – plus it’s 100% ad free!

CRICKET is ideal for kids age 9 to 14, but they have other titles perfect for ages all the way down to newborn to more advanced magazines for kids 15+. We thought it would be great to show a few of the different subscriptions they have available too. We’re currently also getting:

  • CLICK Magazine for kids ages 3-6: introduces your children to science, art, nature, and environmental issues
  • ASK Magazine for kids ages 6-9: fun facts, informative scientific articles, and hands-on activities

Stories are paired with colorful illustrations, a surefire way to entice a young mind’s imagination. We get Cricket Magazine for our daughter – it’s one of the very few resources that we have found that has an appropriate lexile reading level for older school age readers without controversial themes (like gore, overt romance, etc.). It’s perfect for readers really stretching their vocabularies and ones and most especially daydreamers.

What better way to cultivate their interest in literature than introducing the young ones to the classics? Note that the magazine does include serial stories – ones that bridge one issue to the next.

Cricket Media has 2 magazines for the 3-6 year old group: Ladybug & Click. Be sure to check out more about Ladybug here! While Ladybug is focused on poems and stories, Click is focused on a fun intro to science!

This is a perfect read-together magazine and answers a lot of WHY?! questions (although you’re sure to keep getting them no matter what!).

My 6 year old loved this!  The language is zippy and fun, and while it was about construction (engineering), we appreciated that the magazine brought in Cricket Media’s focus on language acquisition. Look at all that onomatopoeia! Our 2 year old loved reading this magazine with dad, too.

In this spread the magazine introduces kids to building through a fun comic – this issue had a building theme, and it was a total hit! It was a great choice for our 6 year old to practice reading and acquire new vocabulary.

Cricket Media has 2 magazines for the 6-9 year old group: ASK and SPIDER. We selected Cricket over Spider for our 8 year old, because her reading level is quite advanced. However, we chose to stick with Ask over Muse, which is their science-oriented magazine for 9-14 year olds for two reasons: 1 – we have a 6 year old and she often reads aloud to him and 2 – Muse seemed more like a textbook. She’ll totally be into it when she’s older but for now we preferred the fun, more casual Ask for her age.

This is a good example of the difference in orientation: scientific facts are presented as “news” and postcards. It’s cutesy and engaging.

This comic about applying imagination to real problems was cute.

And Rube Goldberg machines are always winners.

This introduces kids to one of the enduring and complicated issues on the planet – inexpensive access to clean water. 

We love Cricket! They do offer the regular magazine, digital only, and digital+print packages. We prefer the print version for kids and keep them at the dining room table for those breakfast and dinner reading moments that might otherwise be wasted on reading a cereal box. My daughter takes her magazines to school to read on the bus and during free-reading time in class. As our son improves his reading skills we are really loving Click, because he can read it himself!

Have you subscribed to one of the CRICKET magazines for your kids? What did you think?

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  • KBC
    02.26.17

    Thank you for the review of these magazines. I’m always on the lookout for gifts for my nieces and nephews.

    • Brandy
      02.26.17

      They are perfect niece/nephew/grandkid gifts. They don’t create any clutter, super portable, and everyone loves them.