Growing Reader


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

by Devon A. 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.