A poem by Ethan Chen of Montville Township Public Schools, has been selected for publication in SPIDER® magazine. In April, readers were asked to submit an original poem about hatching from an egg. The young author submitted his original poem to CRICKET® MEDIA for publication in the national magazine. Chen's poem “SPRING HATCHING” appears in the Spider’s Corner section of the July/August 2021 issue.
“Up high on a birch tree, inside a cozy nest/three blue eggs lay silently and at rest®,” so begins Chen’s five-stanza poem. With detailed imagery, Chen depicts the excitement, beauty and joy of watching an egg hatch.
The 9-year-old Montville, New Jersey, resident will enter grade four in the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year. He is a student at Hilldale Elementary School, one of the district’s five elementary schools.
SPIDER®, the magazine for kids ages 6 to 9, features short stories, poems, articles, and activities by the best children’s authors and artists from around the world. In each issue readers are invited to submit their original artwork or writing on a specific theme to Spider’s Corner, with hundreds of entries pouring in each time from enthusiastic SPIDER® readers. The editors select their favorites to be published in the magazine.
“Reading is really Ethan’s favorite thing to do,” said Chen’s mother, Jessica Niu. She added that she feels his love of reading is why he also loves to write.
SPIDER® is published by Cricket Media, also publisher of BABYBUG® magazine for infants and toddlers ages 6 months to 3 years; LADYBUG® for children ages 3 to 6; CRICKET® for ages 9 to 14; the kids’ science and discovery magazines CLICK®, ASK®, and MUSE®; and the COBBLESTONE® line of kids’ history and world culture magazines. These magazines are now available in both print and digital editions. For more information visit www.cricketmedia.com.
Montville Township Public Schools district is located in Montville Township, New Jersey. A Morris County district, MTPS is a Pre-K through grade 12 district with 3,362 students enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year. Montville Township includes the towns of Montville, Towaco and Pine Brook, NJ. Fall classes will begin for students on Thursday, September 9, 2021.