By Carus Publishing

Reviewed for Fourth Grade, 2007

In a time of emails and instant messaging, finding something in the mailbox is still really special. Our nomination for this age group? Cricket, a magazine of poems, comics, crosswords, crafts, and stories. From adventure tales of fire breathing dragons to nail-biting mysteries, each issue is jam-packed with quirky material sure to steal your fourth grader's attention. Get a subscription, roll the first copy up with a ribbon, and stuff it in your child's stocking. Just don't be surprised if she starts stalking the mailbox. (Cricket Magazine Group, $33.95 for 9 issues)