Muse (children's magazine)

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Muse Magazine
The cover of the May/June 2007 issue of Muse.
EditorJohanna Arnone
Contributing EditorMeg Moss
Contributing EditorKathryn Hulick
Assistant EditorJestine Ware
CompanyCricket Media
Based inChicago

Muse is a children's magazine published by Carus Publishing, the publishers of Cricket. Launched in January 1997, it is published in Chicago, Illinois, and has readers throughout the United States and around the world. From 1997 to today,[1] it was published by Cricket and sponsored by Smithsonian. Recommended for ages nine and above,[2] it features articles about science, history, and the arts. It is edited by Johanna Arnone.[3] Nine cartoon characters, known as the Muses, used to appear in the margins throughout the magazine as well as in the Kokopelli & Company comic strip. After merging with its sister magazine Odyssey in September 2015, Muse added new content, changed its layout, and replaced the Muses with a comic named "Parallel U" featuring different characters.[4]

Magazine contents[edit]

Muse is published nine times annually. Each issue contains a comic strip ("Parallel U") written by Caanan Grall, letters from readers (Muse Mail), a facts page (Muse News), a contest, a question-and-answer page written by Lizzie Wade, a page about technology, and articles on various topics.[5] Past issues have included articles about vegetarianism, pie throwing, extraterrestrial life, naked mole-rats, the origin of the Moon, pirates, urban legends, insects, mummies, tenrecs, the history of napkins, contacting ghosts, New Zealand's exploding trousers, Rube Goldberg inventions, The Lord of the Rings, and blind cavefish.


The Muses were drawn by cartoonist Larry Gonick. Among them, only Urania was one of the original Greek muses; Kokopelli, a trickster, is a god in many Native American tribes.

  • Kokopelli: Muse of tunes and tricks, who often throws pies
  • Chad: Muse of Hardware
  • Aeiou: Muse of Software
  • Bo: Muse of Factoids
  • Urania: Muse of Astronomy
  • Feather: Muse of Plants
  • Crraw: Muse of Bad Poetry
  • Pwt: Muse of Animals
  • Mimi: Muse of getting along with people

In addition, Devil, Kokopelli's dog, and Angel, Mimi's cat, were occasionally featured, more so in older issues.

As of September 2015, the Muses have been removed from the magazine, replaced with a new comic called Parallel U drawn by Caanan Grall.


  • 2019 Parents’ Choice Gold[6]
  • 2018 Parents’ Choice Gold[7]
  • 2017 Parents’ Choice Gold
  • 2016 Parents' Choice Gold[8]
  • 2015 Parents' Choice Gold[9]
  • 2014 Parents' Choice Gold[10]
  • 2013 Parents' Choice Gold[11]
  • 2012 Parents' Choice Gold[12]
  • 2010 Parents' Choice Gold[13]
  • 2008 Parents' Choice Silver[14]
  • 2005 Parents' Choice Gold[15]


  1. ^ "Explore Earth". Muse Magazine. 20 (1): 49.
  2. ^ Muse Magazine, Volume 10, No. 9, Page 46.
  3. ^ Arnone, Johanna (January 2016). [ "Explain Earth"]. Muse. 1601. {{cite journal}}: Check |url= value (help)
  4. ^ Muse Magazine, Volume 19, No. 7, Page 4
  5. ^ "Muse Volume 20, Issue 1". Muse. January 2016.
  6. ^ "MUSE Magazine – Parents' Choice". Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  7. ^ "MUSE Magazine – Parents' Choice". Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  8. ^ Parents' Choice Award 2016 - Muse Magazine
  9. ^ Parents' Choice Award 2015 - Muse Magazine
  10. ^ Parents' Choice Award 2014 - Muse Magazine
  11. ^ Parents' Choice Award 2013 - Muse Magazine
  12. ^ Parents' Choice Award 2012 - Muse Magazine
  13. ^ Parents' Choice Award 2010 - Muse Magazine
  14. ^ Parents' Choice Award 2008 - Muse Magazine
  15. ^ Parents' Choice Award 2005 - Muse Magazine

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