Growing Reader


Journalism 101: Kids’ Books About Reporters and the Role of the Press

by Devon Corneal

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It’s difficult to turn on the television or open a newspaper these days without seeing a discussion of the free press in the United States. So there’s no better time to talk to our children about the veracity of the press, the role of reporters in fact-finding, and how American democracy has been shaped by the Fourth Estate. We’ve found a few books that will not only help kids understand the goals and ideals of good journalism, but also discover the intrepid reporters who have made significant contributions to the development of modern reporting. Who knows? Maybe they’ll inspire your young reader to grab a notebook and a pencil and set out to uncover a story of their own.

  • Reporters in Fiction:

  • After you’ve educated your children’s minds, why not throw in books about a few fictional reporters just for fun? Here are some ideas:

  • Judy Moody and Friends: Amy Namey in Ace Reporter

    by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Erwin Madrid

    Amy Namey and Judy Moody won’t let boring Frog Neck Lake stop them from making news. Will they uncover the mystery of the Great Virginia Sea Serpent and break the story of the year? Or end up laughingstocks? Only one way to find out — read along!
    (Ages 4 - 6)

  • Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter

    by Beth Fantaskey

    This middle grade story of an intrepid young reporter in the 1920s is equal parts fun, history, and mystery. Tag along as Isabel Feeney investigates a murder and discovers just how tough the newspaper business can be.
    (Ages 10 - 12)

  • Darnell Rock Reporting

    by Walter Dean Myers

    Good journalists do more than report on the news — they can also make a difference in people’s lives. Darnell Rock is about to find out what that feels like as the newest member of the Oakdale Gazette. He may also discover that the life he changes most will be his own.
    (Ages 8 - 12)

  • Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Late-Breaking News!

    by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

    Of course Fancy Nancy, the girl who loves words, would end up becoming a reporter for her third-grade newspaper. She’s about to learn, however, that some things might not belong in the press.
    (Ages 6 - 10)