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Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to news and reporting. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about news and reporting.

Our list includes picture books and chapter books. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about news and reporting, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Paperboy to popular sellers like The curse of the cheese pyramid to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Breaking News.

We hope this list of kids books about news and reporting can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Newspaper Hats
Written by Phil Cummings & illustrated by Owen Swan
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Georgie visits her Grandpa at the home where he lives, but he doesn’t always remember who she is. He does, however, remember how to make newspaper hats, and together they fold enough for all his friends. Touching moments portray the difficulties and nuances of memory loss from a child’s perspective, and an uplifting ending leaves readers with hope. A poignant and age-appropriate story about a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Breaking News
Written & illustrated by Sarah Lynne Reul
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

When devastating news rattles a little girl’s community, she struggles to know how to cope. Her normally attentive parents are suddenly exhausted and distracted, and nothing she does seems to cheer them up. At school, her teacher tells her to look for the helpers-the good people working to make things better in big and small ways. She wants more than anything to help in a BIG way, but maybe she can start with one small thing instead… and then another, and another? Those small things can compound, after all, to make a world of difference.Both timely and timeless, this beautifully illustrated picture book from debut author/illustrator Sarah Lynne Reul touches on the themes of community, resilience, and optimism with an authenticity that will resonate with readers young and old.

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Pippa's Island 2: Cub Reporters
Written & illustrated by Belinda Murrell
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Recommend Ages: 8-11

Pippa and her friends Meg, Cici and Charlie are excited to join the school newspaper team - but will their friendship survive deciding what to write about when they have such different interests? A fashion photo shoot could be fun, if it weren’t for bad weather, a naughty puppy and other disasters! Just when things couldn’t get any worse, the four cub reporters get a news scoop that could bring the whole town together at Pepper’s mum’s beach shack cafU. Cupcakes for everyone!

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The Story Seeker
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Recommend Ages: 9-12

Viviani Fedeler, proud resident of the New York Public Library, has set her sights on becoming a star reporter. She’s thrilled when Miss Hutch announces a story contest where the winner gets their essay printed in The New York Times!

But when it’s time to write, Viviani is out of stories. As she struggles to find inspiration, the library is struck with a string of mysterious disappearances. Rare medical texts keep vanishing off the shelves, nowhere to be found! Will Viviani be able to return the books to their rightful shelves and find the perfect story to impress the Times?

The Story Seeker delivers an unforgettable mystery adventure set in the iconic New York Public Library during the Roaring Twenties.

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Thief Strikes!: A Branches Book (Hilde Cracks the Case #6), Volume 6: A Branches Book
Written & illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
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Recommend Ages: 6-8
Crime reporter Hilde Lysiak has to catch a thief!
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The Chocolate Chase
Written by Geronimo Stilton
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

It was spring in New Mouse City! I love to celebrate the season with my fellow mice by exchanging chocolate eggs and competing in a confectionary challenge. This year, there was also a special exhibition of priceless jeweled Mousebergé eggs in town. Then one of the Mousebergé eggs was stolen… and it was up to me to find it! Squeak! Could I chase it down?

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Bear on the Loose!: A Branches Book (Hilde Cracks the Case #2), Volume 2: A Branches Book
Written by & illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
There's a bear on the loose in Selinsgrove! But don't worry -- real-life reporter and media sensation Hilde Lysiak is on the case!
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The Newspaper Club
Written & illustrated by Beth Vrabel
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Shortly after Nellie Murrow, named for one of the fiercest journalists who ever lived and daughter of two (former) newspaper reporters, move to sleepy Bear Creek, Maine, rumors of vandalism and attacks at the only park in town are keeping Nellie saddled to the house.

Some townspeople say the attacks are gang recruitments. Others blame a vagrant spotted on the hiking trails around town. But when Nellie thinks like a reporter, none of those explanations make sense. Something is happening at the park, but what? All of the fake online news and rumors are clouding the real news.

Nellie wants to break the story–and break free from the front yard-but she can’t do it alone. She needs a whole club if she’s going to start the town’s first independent newspaper–The Cub Report. Creating a newspaper from scratch is going to be tough; but for Nellie, making friends is even harder.

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Breakout
Written & illustrated by Kate Messner
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Told in letters, poems, text messages, news stories, and comics–a series of documents Nora collects for the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule Project–Breakout is a thrilling story that will leave readers thinking about who’s really welcome in the places we call home. Nora Tucker is looking forward to summer vacation in Wolf Creek–two months of swimming, popsicles, and brushing up on her journalism skills for the school paper. But when two inmates break out of the town’s maximum security prison, everything changes. Doors are locked, helicopters fly over the woods, and police patrol the school grounds. Worst of all, everyone is on edge, and fear brings out the worst in some people Nora has known her whole life. Even if the inmates are caught, she worries that home might never feel the same.

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I Can Write the World
Written by Joshunda Sanders & illustrated by Charly Palmer
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

“Lovely and timely. So glad Joshunda is telling our stories.” - Jacqueline Woodson

Eight-year-old Ava Murray wants to know why there’s a difference between the warm, friendly Bronx neighborhood filled with music and art in which she lives and the Bronx she sees in news stories on TV and on the Internet. When her mother explains that the power of stories lies in the hands of those who write them, Ava decides to become a journalist.

I Can Write the World follows Ava as she explores her vibrant South Bronx neighborhood - buildings whose walls boast gorgeous murals of historical figures as well as intricate, colorful street art, the dozens of different languages and dialects coming from the mouths of passersby, the many types of music coming out of neighbors’ windows and passing cars. In reporting how the music and art and culture of her neighborhood reflect the diversity of the people of New York City, Ava shows the world as she sees it, revealing to children the power of their own voice.

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  • Cat and Mouse in a Haunted House - I was lost in a dark, spooky forest! Until I stumbled upon Curlypaw Cannycat’s Castle. The castle was completely empty, or so I thought. But I quickly discovered that it was haunted - by cats! Let me tell you, this was one case where curiosity almost killed the mouse!

  • All Four Stars - A zesty new series for fans of MasterChef Jr. and Kids Cook-off! It’s “lights, camera, cook!” for four tween contestants–energetic Tate, charming Rae, worldly Caroline, and hyper-competitive Oliver–who are all about to enter a televised cooking competition. What will the kids cook up? How will they all get along on and off camera? Which junior chef will have the grit–and maybe the grits–to make it through each elimination challenge? And which junior chef will have to hang their apron up for good?

  • A Race Around the World - In 1889, New York reporter Nellie Bly—inspired by Jules Verne’s book Around the World in 80 Days—began an around-the-world journey that she hoped to complete in less time. Her trip was sponsored by the newspaper that employed her, The World. Just hours after her ship set out across the Atlantic, the publisher of another New York publication, The Cosmopolitan magazine, put writer Elizabeth Bisland on a westbound train. Bisland was headed around the world in the opposite direction, thinking that she could beat Bly’s time. Only one woman could win the race, but both Bly and Bisland completed their journeys in record time and experienced unforgettable adventures.

  • Some Good News - Meet the <br>Cobble Street Cousins <br> <b>Lily, </b> who wants to be a poet <br> <b>Tess, </b> who wants to be a Broadway star <br> <b>Rosie, </b> who wants a little cottage with flowers by the door <br> It’s spring on Cobble Street, and Lily has a great idea – the Cobble Street Cousins’ own newspaper! Soon the very first edition of <i>The Cobble Street Courier</i> is hot off the presses, with a poem by Lily, Tess’s favorite jokes, and Rosie’s yummy recipe for shortbread – even an interview with Aunt Lucy’s boyfriend, Michael. Now it’s time to deliver the paper to all the cousins’ old friends on Cobble Street – and a couple of new on

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Cub
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Recommend Ages: 8-12
"Raina Telgemeier fans will lap this up."
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Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street
Written by Roni Schotter
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
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The curse of the cheese pyramid
Written by Geronimo Stilton & illustrated by Larry Keys and Matt Wolf
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

I’m off to Egypt! I climbed onboard a crabby old camel that would take me across the desert to the Great Cheese Pyramid. There, among mummies and hieroglyphics, I would learn the secret of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient Mouse World….

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On the News
Written by Jillian Roberts
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

On the News gently introduces young children to the realities of natural disasters, terrorism and other forms of tragedy. In age-appropriate language and tone, Dr. Roberts explains what tragedy is, the feelings it may create and how to manage those feelings. She also emphasizes the good that can come out of tragedy, looking at how people help one another in caring, compassionate and heroic ways. The book’s question-and-answer format will help parents have a meaningful conversation about these difficult topics with their children and equip them to better handle questions that arise when children are exposed to the news. The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues they may encounter outside the comfort of their homes, in a way that is straightforward and accessible.

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Henry and the Clubhouse
Written by Beverly Cleary & illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Fiery Ramona Quimby and the well-meaning Henry Huggins may clash, but in this delightful and hilarious novel by Newbery Medal–winning author Beverly Cleary, it’s an unlikely compromise that wins the day.

Henry and his friends are building a no-girls-allowed clubhouse. With a private space of their own, and a top-secret password required for entry, the boys are relieved to finally have a hang-out spot they don’t have to share. But Henry’s about to find out that nothing—not even a sign—will keep gutsy Ramona out of their clubhouse…and her retaliation may just ruin Henry’s newspaper career.

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  • Geronimo Stilton #8: Attack of the Bandit Cats - Enter the world of Geronimo Stilton, where another funny adventure is always right around the corner. Each book is a fast-paced adventure with lively art and a unique format kids 7-10 will love. <p/>Oh, what a day! I had just published New Mouse City’s first phone book – and almost every single number was wrong! My customers were out for my fur. So when Thea, Trap, and Benjamin asked me to join their quest for a legendary island covered in silver, I agreed. But no sooner had we set out than we were attacked by a ship of pirate cats! They mousenapped us and threatened to make us their dinner. Would we escape with our lives… or find ourselves in the soup?

  • Princess Angelica, Junior Reporter - Angelica just can’t help herself! In this third book in the series, Angelica, aka Jelly, is confused for a junior reporter and decides to make the most of her mistaken identity to learn what it’s like to be a real journalist. Jelly and her bestie, Joon, are soon busy with problems at the new library, trouble in the lap lane at the local pool and a predicament in a rare-book room. With her keen observational abilities and a knack for creative solutions, Jelly soon has more than enough material for an article. But will she be able to keep up the ruse when a new friend starts nosing around?

  • Hero Dog! - Real-life super-sleuth and media sensation Hilde Lysiak's reporting skills are put to the test in this fun early chapter book mystery series!

  • Paperboy - When an eleven-year-old boy takes over a friend’s newspaper route in July, 1959, in Memphis, his debilitating stutter makes for a memorable month.

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Amy Namey in Ace Reporter
Written by Megan McDonald & illustrated by Erwin Madrid
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Read all about it! Amy Namey is chasing a news story in this Judy Moody® story for newly independent readers.

Amy Namey, Ace Reporter, is on the hunt for a good news story. But not a lot happens in the town of Frog Neck Lake. So what’s a budding reporter to do? Team up with Judy Moody! With Judy along to sniff out a story, anything can happen. Like maybe a close encounter with the famed Great Virginia Sea Serpent, Taboo! Are Amy and Judy about to stumble upon the scoop of the century?

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Just Dance
Written by Patricia MacLachlan
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Recommend Ages: 7-12

“[A] memorable story.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) From Newbery Award–winning author Patricia MacLachlan comes a “quiet tale about finding your own voice” (Kirkus Reviews) while learning to understand the people you love the most. Sylvie Bloom wants to find something new and exciting this summer—at least more exciting than the cows, goats, and chickens on her family’s farm that she’s become accustomed to. Luckily, Sylvie’s teacher Mrs. Ludolf has the perfect idea. Sylvie can take over her husband Sheriff Ludolf’s column in the newspaper for the summer, reporting on all the important events that happen in their small Wyoming town. Sylvie is thrilled to have a new challenge, but she’s not sure she’ll actually see anything amazing. At least nothing like the things her mother saw when she traveled the world as a famous opera singer. Sylvie can’t figure out why her mother would give up singing in front of thousands of people. Have she and her brother Nate been holding her mother back? And when her mother’s old duet partner James Grayson writes that he’s coming to perform nearby, will she be tempted to return to the stage, without them?

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A Page in the Wind
Written by Jose Sanabria
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

A whimsical and moving story about discovering your purpose by José Sanabria. The last little newspaper on a newsstand wonders what its life will be like until a gust of wind sends its individual pages flying. Each page travels to a different place and experiences a vastly different life—from being used to clean a mirror and line the cage of a pet to being formed into a boat by a child and sheltering a homeless person from the cold—until, at last, the final page finds it’s true calling. Sanabria’s expressive art and thoughtful story reflect many ways our lives can be touched.

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Breaking News: Bear Alert
Written & illustrated by David Biedrzycki
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

We interrupt your day for this breaking news. . .

Two bears awaken from hibernation and go to town—literally. During their visit, they eat at a diner, dress up at a department store, and stop a couple of bank robbers, all the while mistaking the townspeople’s terror for friendliness. The news-reporting-style of storytelling puts readers in the action and on the edge of their seats. Illustrations jam-packed with puns, clues, and jokes will have the whole family or classroom laughing out loud and eager to find out what happens next—will the bears terrorize the town? Will the cat burglars be caught? Will the city come to a grinding halt?

Tune in to find out.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled day.

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Peachy and Keen: A School Tail, Volume 1
Written & illustrated by Jason Tharp
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

It’s the first week of school, and Peachy couldn’t be happier. This year, she can finally join the school newspaper! She’s always pictured herself as a star reporter, writing articles that make a difference. But when Peachy goes to sign up–and drags her hyper best friend, Keen, along with her — they learn that the paper has shut down for good. No one’s reading the news anymore! Peachy is crushed. <p/>Just then, Keen gets a text alert, and Peachy’s wheels start turning. What if the newspaper were published to student’s tablets! Peachy is determined, and Keen is hungry –okay, kind of determined but mostly hungry–and they set off to make it happen. But most of the students they try to recruit are more interested in other clubs, and all of the teachers are too busy to be their advisor. Plus, Peachy & Keen get in a huge fight. Will Purrfect 9 Magazine be doomed before it even begins–along with their friendship?

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  • Calling All Creeps - In an attempt to get back at the bossy editor-in-chief of the school paper, ex-staff member Ricky Beamer plays a prank that backfires and results in him getting phone calls from local bullies who are really lizards in disguise. Original.

  • Breaking News: Bears to the Rescue - A missing cub, a carnival, and a gang of cat burglars… Hold on to your hats! Best-selling author David Biedrzycki brings back the hilarious bears from Breaking News: Bear Alert, but now they have sleepy bear cub in tow. When the cub goes missing Mama and Papa Bear go on the hunt. Their search takes them to the town carnival where the whole family rides the Ferris wheel, rocks the rollercoaster, and inadvertently foils another dastardly plot by the persistent cat burglars from Bear Alert. Covering the story is intrepid—but bumbling—reporter Chad Newsworthy and the rest of the crew at Channel 3 News.

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