Awards and Honors for our Children's Magazines and Books

Cricket Magazine Group's family of children's magazines has received dozens of awards and honors. The sampling of awards and honors shown below speaks to the quality of our children's magazines, and of our commitment to educating and entertaining kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens.

Awards And Honors For Our Kids' Magazines

CRICKET Children's Magazine-winner of the 2012 Parent's Choice Gold Award CALLIOPE Children's Magazines-winner of Parent's Choice 2012 Silver Award Cricket Children's Magazines Magazine-Winner of the 2009 Parent's Choice Recommend award Cricket Children's Magazine-winner of the 2009 Parent's Choice Approved Award

The Cricket Magazine Group has won more Parents' Choice Awards in a single year than any of our competitors!

Most Recent Awards

2014 Paul Witty Short Story Award from the International Reading Association
Susan Dickinson for her original short story "Mermaid’s Blood" published in the March and April 2013 issues of CRICKET.
See past Witty Award Winners that have appeared in Cricket Magazine Group publications

2014 Parents' Choice Gold
Cobblestone, Calliope, Cricket, Dig, Cicada, Muse, Faces, Odyssey, Ask, Ask en espanol, Babybug, Babybug en espanol, Ladybug, Ladybug en espanol, Spider

2014 Parents' Choice Silver

2014 Parents' Choice Recommend

2014 Parents' Choice Approved

2013 Parents' Choice Gold
Cobblestone, Cricket, Dig, Cicada, Muse, Faces, Odyssey, Ask

2013 Parents' Choice Silver
Calliope, Babybug, Spider, Ladybug, Click

2013 Parents' Choice Approved

2012 Parents' Choice Gold
Cicada, Muse, Cricket, Ask, Dig, Cobblestone, Odyssey

2012 Parents' Choice Silver
Calliope, Babybug, Click, Spider

2012 Parents' Choice Recommended
Ladybug, Faces

2011 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award
Jeanne Miller for "Skywalking for Science: Aloft in Redwood Space” from ODYSSEY magazine. Read the press release.

2011 Teachers' Choice Awards for the Family

2011 A+ Award from

2010 Parents' Choice Gold

2010 Parents' Choice Silver
Click, Cricket, Ladybug, Calliope, Cobblestone

2010 Parents' Choice Recommended
Spider, Faces, Ask, Cicada

2010 Parents' Choice Approved
Odyssey, Dig, Babybug, Appleseeds

Fairfax County Public Schools, the 12th largest school system in the country, has adopted nine issues of CALLIOPE magazine as recommended supplemental materials for fifth grade social studies.
2009 Parents' Choice Gold
Odyssey, Calliope, Ladybug, Cricket, Spider

2009 Parents' Choice Silver
Cobblestone, Click, Ask

2009 Parents' Choice Recommended

2009 Parents' Choice Approved
Babybug, Dig

2009 Paul A. Witty Short Story Award
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2009 Classy Mommy Product Pick:
Babybug Magazine

2009 Grandkids Gift Guide Superproduct Award: Ask Magazine

2008 Parents' Choice Gold
        Cricket, Spider

2008 Parents' Choice Approved
2008 Parents' Choice Recommended
Calliope, Cobblestone, Faces, Ladybug, Odyssey
2008 Parents' Choice Silver Honor
Ask, Babybug, Click, Dig, Muse

2007 Parents' Choice Gold
Click, Spider
2007 Parents' Choice Silver Honor
Cobblestone, Faces

       2007 A+ award
Ask Magazine is one of the recipients of 2009 Grandkids Gift Guide Superproduct AwardAs Seen on Classy Mommy

Other Awards

National Magazine Award Finalist  

Ed Press Golden Lamp Award for Distinguished Achievement
Ed Press Distinguished Achievement Award for best story, cover design, graphics
National Magazine Award Finalist-The magazine industy's highest honor
Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award
Golden Lamp Award
The Old Schoolhouse Excellence in Education Award
Paul A. Witty Short Story Award given by the International Reading Association
(won by authors who have published stories in our magazines) This award has been won more times by stories published in Cricket Magazines than any other children's magazine.

Awards And Honors For Our Books

You Must Be Joking & You Must Be Joking, Two!

"Simply a collection of darn good jokes ... It would take a maudlin soul indeed to reach the last page without cracking a grin."

"Collections should make room for this one."
—School Library Journal

Triple-Dare to Be Scared & Double-Dare to Be Scared & Dare to Be Scared

"Although some stories are scarier than others, the author does a good job of foreshadowing the outcome while building suspense. Sure to please anyone who enjoys a good fright"
—School Library Journal

"Enhanced by Ouimet's macabre tableaux, these tales rate high in chill factor for any age. Warmly recommended for solitary, late-night, under-the-covers reading."
—Kirkus Review

"With crisp, straightforward delivery and some intriguing endings, these thirteen tales are great fun for young readers who like to be spooked."

Cat in Numberland

"Ekeland's tale isn't just an excuse to teach math; its five lively chapters feature characters drawn with subtlety and humor."
—The Horn Book Guide, starred review

The Civil War Series

"The writing is engaging, and the chapters and sidebars include period photos and artwork, as well as a Civil War map and timeline."
—The Horn Book Guide


"A very unusual and valuable resource, combining good stories with careful ethnomusicological research."
—Kirkus Reviews

The Robert Series

"The Robert books are instant winners."
—The Horn Book Magazine

Other Awards

              Top 200 Retailers

          2009 ALA Great website for kids
2009 ALA’s Great Web Sites for Kids

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