Marianne Carus, Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Marianne Carus founded Cricket magazine after working with her husband Milton Blouke Carus to develop Open Court Textbooks during the 1960s. While there were many children's magazines, she found that none of them provided literary content. Marianne imagined a magazine that would be The New Yorker for children. Drawing inspiration from Walter de la Mare's assertion that "only the rarest kind of best in anything can be good enough for the young," Marianne sourced stories and illustrations from the most talented children's authors and illustrators, aided by an editorial advisory board composed of influential children's publishers, authors, and librarians.
Marianne Sondermann was born in Germany in 1928. Her parents, a nurse and an eye surgeon, hoped she would become a scientist. However, Marianne's passion for books led her to study philosophy and English, American, and German literature at the University of Freiburg, where she met Blouke in 1949. She later studied French literature at the Sorbonne in Paris. After moving to the United States in 1951, she studied art history and German literature at the University of Chicago.
Carus, Marianne. 2003. Celebrate Cricket: 30 years of stories and art. Chicago: Cricket Books.