Carus Publishing Company History

Cricket Magazine Group

First edition of CRICKET childrens magazine subscription

The Cricket Magazine Group began with the launch of CRICKET magazine for children in 1973. Marianne Carus, founder and Editor-in-Chief, was determined to create a literary children's magazine that would appeal to a child's intellect and imagination. She insisted upon publishing only the highest quality children's literature and selected world-class illustrators to produce the art accompanying the stories. According to Carus, "The way to create in children a love of reading and an appreciation of good writing is to offer them beautifully illustrated, lively, well-written, interesting stories, sustaining a witty tone and a sense of humor. I am convinced that children will respond to quality if it's not forced upon them, but presented in an engaging manner."

Some of the world's best writers for children and adults have contributed to our family of magazines including: Lloyd Alexander, Isaac Bashevis Singer, William Saroyan, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Rosemary Sutcliff. To complement the outstanding literature, we have commissioned art from topnotch illustrators around the globe: Tomie dePaola, Lisbeth Zwerger, Paul O. Zelinsky, Trina Schart Hyman, Eric Carle, and many others whose art enhances the beauty of the written words.

CRICKET began offering top-quality children's literature over 30 years ago, and since then we've created a line of beautifully illustrated literary publications for children of all ages:

BABYBUG - for ages 6 months to 3 years
LADYBUG - for ages 3 to 6 years
SPIDER - for ages 6 to 9 years

CICADA, a challenging and entertaining literary magazine for teens and young adults ages 14 and up was added in 1998.

MUSE magazine was launched in October 1996 to give readers interested in nonfiction topics an advertising-free magazine of the same high quality as CRICKET. Since then, the science and discovery line of magazines has grown to also include:

CLICK - for ages 3 to 6 years
ASK - for ages 6 to 9 years

Cricket Magazine Group's Web sites for children

In 2008, Cricket Magazine Group launched ad-free Web sites for kids to correspond with each of its publications. Carefully designed to enhance the company's mission to nurture a love of reading and writing, stimulate a child's imagination and intellect, and encourage creative expression, these Web sites offer a safe space for children to engage with interactive content that complements the excellent literature and nonfiction found in our magazines.

Cricket Magazine Group's apps for iPhone and iPad

Our 14 children's magazines have been entertaining and educating kids for generations with fun characters and engaging stories, and now we've brought that same spirit to our iPad and iPhone apps for kids. Our first app, Ladybug's Bookshelf, was designed with the same focus on quality in the creation of our magazines. We are proud to bring you great new content that engages young children in a wholly different way.

Cobblestone Publishing

First edition of COBBLESTONE childrens magazine subscription

Cobblestone Publishing has been producing high-quality social studies and science magazines for young readers since 1980. Our philosophy is that nonfiction, whether it deals with American or world history, world cultures, archaeology, or science, should be a combination of fascinating pleasure reading and factual resource material that educates and enlightens.

Two teachers who were looking for a way to promote reading and history to children developed the idea for COBBLESTONE magazine in 1979. Cobblestone Publishing's six theme-based nonfiction magazines let young people experience the pleasure of reading through an accurate, fascinating, and authoritative resource that is appropriate in the library, the classroom, and the home.

APPLESEEDS - social studies for ages 6 to 9 years
CALLIOPE - world history for ages 9 to 14 years
COBBLESTONE - American history for ages 9 to 14 years
DIG - archaeology for ages 9 to 14 years
FACES - world cultures and geography for ages 9 to 14 years
ODYSSEY - science for ages 9 to 14 years

All of the magazines strive to educate and entertain through a creative mix of articles, primary source documents, photographs, and illustrations, as well as fun activities, puzzles, and cartoons.

Cobblestone Publishing works with consulting editors, writers, historians, professors, museum curators, teachers, and others who are noted authorities in their particular fields of study. This quality-focused and accurate content approach has earned Cobblestone Publishing praise and awards from the Parents' Choice Foundation, the Freedoms Foundation, and the Association of Educational Publishers (EdPress). Cobblestone Publishing's magazines have been praised in the New York Times, Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, on numerous television shows, including the Today show, and in several homeschooling, library, and teaching publications. In addition, four of Cobblestone Publishing's magazines are part of the recommended reading list for meeting the national Middle School Performance Standards for English and Language Arts.

Cricket Books

Cricket Books brings the same high quality and standards of excellence to its books for children and young adults as Open Court brings to academic scholarship, the Cricket Magazine Group to children’s magazines, and Cobblestone Publishing to educational nonfiction magazines and books. Publishing picture books, chapter books, poetry, nonfiction, and novels for children and young adults, Cricket Books, together with its Marcato imprint, will make young people fall in love with books and reading.

Carus Publishing

In 2000, Carus Publishing added the Cobblestone Publishing magazines to the robust offering of publications from the Cricket Magazine Group. In its almost 40 years, the Cricket Magazine Group has redefined and expanded the role of children's publishing through its magazine and book divisions by putting quality first. That mission continues to grow through the acquisition of Cobblestone Publishing, as well as our content web sites for kids and interactive apps.


ePals Corporation (TSXV: SLN), an education media company and the leading provider of safe social learning networks, acquired Carus Publishing in November of 2011, and since then, has begun integrating the content into the ePals Global Community that reaches more than 25 million people around the world. The launch of an expanded and upgraded Global Community in June 2012 prominently featured new "learning centers" that incorporate authentic, project-based learning activities for children based in part on the content across these beloved, time-tested, award-winning titles.

Says Jason Patenaude, president of ePals Children's Media Division, "Becoming part of the ePals family is exciting, as it opens up new opportunities to extend our content into online learning communities, ebooks, digital editions, and mobile apps."

Focused on the K-12 market, ePals offers elementary and secondary school administrators, teachers, students and parents worldwide a safe and secure platform for building educational communities, providing quality digital content and facilitating collaboration for effective 21st century learning. ePals' award-winning products include: the ePals Global Community™ featuring SchoolMail®365; LearningSpace®; and In2Books®, a common core eMentoring program that builds reading, writing and critical thinking skills. ePals customers and partners include International Baccalaureate, Microsoft Corporation, Dell Inc., IBM Corp., National Geographic and leading school districts across the United States and globally. ePals serves approximately 700,000 educators and reaches millions of teachers, students and parents in approximately 200 countries and territories.

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