Stories, Games, and Poetry: Five NEW Titles for Children and Teens

We’ve added five new magazines for children and teens this week, perfect for keeping the whole family entertained as the holiday season approaches. From poetry for teens to stories to read with your toddler, Cicada, Cricket, Faces, Ask, and Ladybug collectively cover every age group. Read up on each one below, and find all five in the Kids & Parenting magazine category in your Texture app.

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Cricket magazine feeds the minds and imaginations of kids ages 9 to 14. Every issue is filled with stories, poems, puzzles, recipes, and science and nature articles – all designed to stimulate the imagination.


With contents, projects, experiments, games and puzzles for kids ages 7 to 10, Ask magazine helps them investigate the world with past and present inventors, artists, thinkers, and scientists.


Cicada is a literary magazine for teenagers and young adults who are passionate about the written word. Each issue offers high-quality fiction and thought provoking poetry.


Faces helps kids ages 9 to 14 understand how people around the world live. Each issue focuses on a different country or culture, including stories about daily life, folk tales, history and traditions.

Ladybug magazine opens the door to reading for kids ages 2 to 6. Each issue is designed with read-along in mind, and contains full-length stories as well as short, fun poems and pieces about animals, kids, imaginary creatures, and more.

Today in New & Noteworthy

“Nobody really reads books, so I’m just going to fill the shelves with white books, for looks.” -Los Angeles real estate developer Nile Niami, talking about staging a home he plans to sell for $500 million

File Oct 29, 6 33 40 PMIt’s rough when you just can’t quite squeeze the gun range into the floor plan, right? Real estate developer Nile Niami managed to shoehorn everything else into the 100,000 s.f. mansion he’s building in Bel Air, like the five swimming pools—including the infinity pool…for the guesthouse—as well as the moat, sky deck, putting green, lounge with walls made of jellyfish tanks, nightclub, casino, motor court, 40-seat screening room, glass-walled library (the one with the white books no one will read), two-story waterfall and 6,000-s.f. master suite. Read it all in Details.

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One day last year, Daniel Boulud got a call no chef ever wants to receive: It was the head of the Michelin restaurant guide, letting Boulud know that his famed restaurant, Daniel, was being demoted from three stars (the highest ranking) to two. Vanity Fair speaks to Boulud and other chefs about the ratings, the persistent French influence on fine dining, and how losing a star is “like losing a girlfriend.”

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A history of breast cancer only matters on your mother’s side, right? Wrong. Health busts five medical myths so deeply ingrained, many doctors still believe them. The magazine polled a range of experts and compiled a list of accepted medical “facts” that are not only incorrect, but could have serious, even life-threatening consequences. In addition to the whoppers, they’ve included four less-serious but still surprising factoids. (Spoiler alert: Drinking lots of water does not help your complexion. Bummer.)


File Oct 29, 6 34 17 PMZoey loves pizza and admires Kylie Jenner’s style. Leo is majoring in film. Brooklyn was voted prom queen earlier this year. Arin says he finds happiness in the mountains. They sound like just about any teenager from Anytown, USA, but these kids have worked hard for their normalcy: They’re all transgender. Read more about them, and about trans activist and reality star Jazz Jennings, in Seventeen.

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New & Noteworthy Stories, by the Numbers

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The dollar amount that Katy Perry will pay in cash for the $14.5 million purchase of an 8-acre estate in Los Angeles if she prevails in a legal battle involving a dwindling religious order, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, a restaurateur in remission from late-stage cancer, and, yes, five aging nuns. The nuns say the pop star “represents everything we don’t believe in,” writes Billboard in this week’s issue. They would prefer to sell the property to nightlife impresario and restaurant owner Dana Hollister, who is willing to pay $15.5 million and plans to turn the compound into a hotel. Read all about it.

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The duration of time, in seconds, during which broadcaster Dick Stockton remained silent after Red Sox player Carlton Fiske’s epic, once-in-a-lifetime walkoff home run, which ended Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. Sports Illustrated explores the significance of that play—and that game—both for Major League Baseball and for the relationship between sports and television. Just before his silence, Stockton uttered the now-famous words, “There it goes! A long drive…. If it stays fair…. Home run!” Even now, decades later, he tells the magazine, he cannot walk through an airport without someone recognizing him and repeating those words to him.

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The number of refugees, mostly Syrian, that Germany will welcome by the end of the year. In a break with other European Union countries, Germany believes that Middle Eastern migrants present an opportunity, rather than a crisis. Fortune explores the possibility that an influx of refugees could actually bring significant economic growth to the countries that take them in, rather than drain resources. “If we manage to quickly train those that come to us and get them into work, said Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s vice chancellor, “then we will solve one of our biggest problems for the economic future of our country: the skills shortage.”

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The distance, in miles, over which a polar bear can pick up the scent of a seal. These Arctic carnivores need to be really, really good at tracking down food, because they live in a bitterly cold environment. They also can have up to four inches of fat—covered by two layers of fur—to help keep them warm in winter! Learn more amazing animal facts like these in National Geographic Kids look at The 20 Cutest Animals of All Time. Cutest photo: sea otter floating on its back. Cutest fact: Male emperor penguins huddle together by the hundreds for warmth—and regularly rotate so each penguin gets a turn in the toasty middle. Awwwwwww.

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Monday’s New & Noteworthy Stories

Marie Claire Millionaire“I’m so far from where I started that I feel like I’ve already made it.” -Jean Brownhill Lauer, founder of Sweeten

For a little Monday motivation, read about three women who struggled to pay the bills before working their way into hugely successful careers. Jean Brownhill Lauer grew up poor, down the street from crack houses. Elle Kaplan came to New York City with $200 and a simple goal: to help women take charge of their own money management. Kat Cole started out as a Hooters hostess…while working two other jobs. Learn where these trailblazers are today—and how they did it—in Marie Claire‘s “I went from flat broke to millionaire.

Cosmo Demi Lovato

What’s that screeching sound? (Covers ears.) Oh that? That’s just the sound of a million young girls reacting to this morning’s announcement that Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas are going on tour together! Tickets to the Forever Now tour go on sale November 7. Until then, content yourself with reading about the unstoppable, unfathomably awesome Demi in the September issue of Cosmopolitan.


Bloomberg Businessweek 2015-10-26 00:00:00 CoverBonnie Ross is the executive behind the guns-a-blazin’ action and elaborate world-building of video game Halo 5: Guardians, which comes out tomorrow. Most of us don’t think of the words “women” and “gaming” in the same sentence, but Ross has been running the Halo show since 2007. Read more about her path to the top job—and the pressure on Halo 5 to save the Xbox—in Bloomberg Businessweek.

Health UnBoob Job

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and it’s important to remember that breast health means many things. Health magazine explores the trend of women getting an “(un)boob job”—having their breast implants removed. Some women have an “explant” because their feelings about their appearance have changed; others do it to avoid costly surgeries down the line. Many choose to undergo the procedure because, as they age, they become concerned that their implants will prevent a mammogram from spotting trouble. Find their stories in the November issue.


Smithsonian Tituba

The Salem witch trials have been investigated, reported on and fictionalized in every possible medium, but not much is known about how the whole mess started. Renowned author Stacy Schiff explores the Satanic tipping point—and the little-discussed but crucial role of an Indian slave named Tituba—in the November issue of Smithsonian. How did Tituba come to play such a major part in the crisis? And why, over the years, has her identity shifted “from Indian to half-Indian to half-black to black” to, finally, a “Negro slave”?

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Today in New & Noteworthy Stories

EARLY ACCESS: Read This Old House‘s Top 100 Best New Home Products 2015 right now, before it hits newsstands!TOH Top 100 products

Whether you’re planning a remodel or just looking for some new throw pillows, the options out there are endless. You could spend weeks picking bathroom fixtures, right? Enter This Old House, America’s long-trusted source for ideas, instructions and recommendations. The magazine’s editors have chosen the 100 best new home products this year, in seven categories: kitchen, bath, tools, home tech, outdoor, building products and finishing touches. From blenders to snowblowers, circular saws to chalk paint, TOH has you covered.

New York Mag 23andMeGet ready to spit into a tube: Genetic testing company 23andMe announced this week that it will partly resume…well, part of…its original mission: providing consumers with their own genetic health information. In 2013, the FDA ordered the company to stop selling its $99 “spit test,” which allowed customers to send in a saliva sample and receive detailed health and ancestry information. 23andMe will now be able to provide people with a smaller range of information—about diseases they could pass on to their children. Read about the company and founder Anne Wojcicki in New York.

Wired Serena WilliamsSerena Williams remembers what it’s like to be the odd person out in the field you love. There weren’t a lot of tennis players who looked like her when she was coming up the ranks—and she knows her experience is not unique. As guest editor of this month’s issue of Wired, she writes, “we need to see more women and people of different colors and nationalities in tech.” Read about the trailblazers who, like Serena, are working toward that goal.

Marie Claire date rape drugIt’s a nightmare scenario straight out of a movie: Woman goes out, woman sips drink, woman wakes up the next morning with no recollection of the sexual assault that has occurred. What could possibly make this worse? No legal recourse. Many victims of drug-facilitated sexual assault have no way of proving what happened to them, because the drugs leave their system quickly or standard toxicology tests are insufficient. Marie Claire investigates this disturbing issue.

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Today’s New & Noteworthy: By the Numbers

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The number of years between the elections of Justin Trudeau and his late father, Pierre Trudeau, to the role of Canada’s prime minister. Read an insightful 2014 MacLean’s interview with Justin—who won the top job in a landslide victory just last night. The younger Trudeau, a liberal who spent time as a snowboard instructor and teacher before entering politics, plans to lead by the motto “sunny ways.”


The duration, in hours, of the pedal-fatigue test conducted by Specialized Bicycle Components to simulate the effect of cumulative forces of years of riding. That’s just one of the quality assurance measures counterfeit bike parts do not undergo—putting consumers at risk. Read more about the multi-billion-dollar counterfeit industry in Bicycling.

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The dollar amount, in millions, that online benefits, h.r. and payroll company Zenefits has increased in value for each workday it has been in business. Read about this and other “unicorns”—privately held companies valued at more than $1 billion—in Forbes.


The number of days this season missed by injured Mets third baseman David Wright, which allowed the team to collect insurance for 75 percent of his $20 million contract. That in turn provided the team with extra money to acquire new players, which in turn helped them clinch the Division Series, according to New York Magazine.


The amount of time, in minutes, you should spend on each interaction when meeting people for the first time at a party, according to Mister Manners, etiquette expert Thomas P. Farley. For more helpful tips on being the best guest, check out Real Simple‘s Party Guest Protocol.

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Today’s New Collections

We search for the most compelling and relevant stories of the day and group them by topic or theme. Find new Collections daily on the Highlights screen.

Men's Health Firefighter BonifaceMan Crush Monday (4 stories)
If you think Liam Hemsworth and Sam Claflin are spectacular, wait til you read about The Ultimate Men’s Health Guy of 2015. These are the men who save lives, push themselves and others to do—and be—better, and generally remind us of the goodness in human nature.

Shop Smart This Holiday (4 stories)
Halloween is almost upon us, and from there it’s just a hop skip and a jump to Thanksgiving and…yup…Christmas. Start thinking about smart ways to prepare and save with these articles.

Time Jeb BushMonday News Rush (4 stories)
Keeping you informed about Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush…again, illegal immigration myths vs. fact, and the complexities of the NRA.

Quick Reads: Take a Quiz (4 stories)
Which is yuckier: a cutting board, a toothbrush holder or a pet toy? Find out in Family Circle‘s How Healthy Is Your Home Quiz. Plus, get to the bottom of other pressing questions, such as: Which gourd are you? What’s your pumpkin IQ? And should you relocate your business?

Food Network Magazine weeknight dinnersWhat’s for Dinner? (4 stories)
You know why there are so many slow cooker recipes out there? Because slow cookers rock! Check out these recipes, plus loads of other ideas for the dreaded weeknight meal.

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Friday’s New & Noteworthy Stories

When Yeonmi Park was a young girl in North Korea, her mother warned her “not to say—or even think—anything bad about our ‘dear leader,’ Kim Jong Il…” Park talks to Marie Claire about her new book In Order to Live, a chronicle of her family’s harrowing escape and the healing that continues today.


RS Night WolvesHow’s this for a resume: former dental surgeon and nightclub bouncer; current president of Russian motorcycle club the Night Wolves, Putin bestie, rebel fighter, leader of a nationalist movement. Rolling Stone takes readers on a ride with the Surgeon, a charismatic Russian who wields political, social and military power.


It’s a new era of pitching ace, according to Sports Illustrated. Gone is the grumpy egotist, and in his place is a polite, social media-savvy (and often heavily bearded!) fellow. This year’s crop—Jake Arrieta, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke—have equally impressive ERAs, writes Ben Reiter, and “[p]icking a Cy Young winner among them is like selecting between a Van Gogh, a Rembrandt and a Vermeer.”


InStyle Hollywood 50 Best DressedThey wow us with their talent—and floor us with their style. InStyle‘s Hollywood’s 50 Best Dressed list includes such stalwarts as Rihanna, Gwyneth, Julianne Moore, Lupita and Cate Blanchett. Newbies Zoë Kravitz and Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Ansel Elgort round out the roster.

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I Escaped North Korea

Marie Claire

Aces Wild

Sports Illustrated

Today’s Collections, Selected by Our Editors

We’ve added five new Collections to the Highlights screen today:

GQ The VanishingUnsolved Mysteries: Malaysia Airlines (7 stories)
It may well be one of the great mysteries of our time: What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? And how, just four months later, was Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shot down over Ukraine?

Throwback Thursday: Howard Stern (4 stories)
The King of All Media has ruled the airwaves for more than two decades. Look back at his multifaceted—and often NSFW!—career.

Quick Reads: The Columnists (4 stories)
We may not always agree, but we appreciate their thoughtful perspective on the issues of our day. This week, Michael Kinsley on Trump, Joe Klein on Middle East policy, Romana King on homeownership, and Alexa von Tobel on personal finance.

Men's Journal bootsOutfit of the Week (6 stories)
Raise your hand if you LOVE boot season! Fashion editors pick this year’s best boots for men and women.

DIY: Jack O’Lanterns (10 stories)
All You pumpkins
Because every kid should have a pumpkin with a mustache at least once in life. Check out these creepy, creative and adorable Halloween ideas.


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Wednesday’s New & Noteworthy in Texture

Today’s New & Noteworthy stories include Malcolm Gladwell’s gripping exploration of the evolution of school shootings in “Thresholds of Violence: School Shootings Catch On,” from The New Yorker. Gladwell unpacks the idea that the “threshold” for committing such crimes—i.e., the moment at which a person will decide to harm many other people—has become alarmingly low.

Also today, a look at capitalism and its discontents in “Million-Dollar Babies: Just Don’t Call ‘Em Loan Sharks” in Bloomberg Businessweek. Two young guys from Brooklyn sold their cash-advance business for $40 million, leaving a trail of bankrupt borrowers and questionable business practices. But has their massive payday brought them satisfaction?

“The Town & Country 50 Political Families” list offers a glimpse into the clans that have the potential, power and cash to affect the presidential race. Some have deep political roots—Kennedy, Cuomo, Bush—while others are newly planted—such as Munger, Ellison and Mostyn.

For those of us without scions for parents, Family Fun shares its list of the year’s best toys in “So Much Fun.” From mustachioed disguise kits to Disney Descendants—a series of dolls who are the teen offspring of Disney villains—there’s something for everyone. The prize for best-named toy goes to “Yeti in My Spaghetti,” which ranked #1.

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Thresholds of Violence

The New Yorker

Million-Dollar Babies: Just Don't Call 'Em Loan Sharks

Bloomberg Businessweek

The T&C 50 Political Families

Town & Country

So Much Fun

Family Fun