Hilde Cracks The Case – Hero Dog by Hilde and Matthew Lysiak, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
After the last chapter of the book I explain how you would write your own short news article. Try your hand at it. It could be about anything that is ‘newsworthy’ at your house or in your neighbourhood. I am attaching a template you can print and use if you want something that looks even more like a real newspaper page. Or you can create a Google Doc of your article. Share your finished doc or a photo of the printed news page with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Even though you are a kid, you can be exposed to a lot of serious and scary world news through social media, overhearing parents watching television or listening to the radio, or even listening in on adult conversations that aren’t intended for you. Hearing bad news can cause us to feel a lot of fear and anxiety. Sometimes you will want to share bad news with your friends even if you haven’t fully understood it. This can cause something called MISINFORMATION, which is when news is shared that isn’t factually correct. It is important that we get our facts straight before we start spreading news around!
There are many current events and news websites available online for kids in which news articles are written sensitively and clearly so that you can understand it. It is news made just for kids and can help you to know what is happening in the world right now.
Here is a list of kid-friendly sites. Take a quick peek at them now to see what they are like. And feel free to visit them whenever you want to know more about what’s happening in the world.
Here is a video by another school librarian, Marina, reading a book about news called On The News – Our First Talk About Tragedy by Dr. Jilian Roberts. This book will help you to understand more about the news and talks about some feelings connected to hearing about bad things in the news, and how we can cope with those feelings. Click on the video link and then click ‘watch it on youtube’. You can’t watch it on this page.
In the comments on this page, let me know what kids news website you liked the best. Also let me know what you thought about the book On The News.