First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at children in the age range of 7-14 years. We’ve been sent two copies now, and they have gone down very well with my boys, ages 8 & 10.
What they like about it:
The boys felt very excited about something coming through the door which was for them. They also felt very grown up about having a proper newspaper, not just a comic which was full of cartoons.
They really enjoyed the subject matter – everything from World News and Home News to the science, technology, nature and sports. Every topic seemed to interest them. It was all explained in a clear and engaging way.
Toby, my youngest, especially enjoyed the puzzles and other interactive quizzes where he could get a pen out and take part, and Hugo, in particular, was pleased to see Harry Potter featured, as well as ‘coming soon’ type features that he could go to school and tell his friends about. Everyone wants to be the first to hear about things!
What I liked about it:
They were reading! Yes, without my nagging or cajoling, my ‘typical’ boys who would rather be playing Xbox games or football, or doing anything but homework, were reading! Not only this, but they were happily reading things which were educational, informative and very useful indeed.
It was so good that I allowed them to record it in their school reading record, in place of their usual reading books. This is what they wrote (yes, they were writing as well!)
H: “This is a newspaper to tell me about my near future in 2017, and so far it has told me everything from Sweden to Turkey. It is brilliant as I know what is going on all around me and in other places.”
T: “A new newspaper for kids came a few days ago, with a lot of information in it. So I got straight to reading it!”…and then….
” Issue number 2 turned up at our door today and talked about protecting jaguars and celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. “
I also liked how much discussion and intellectual debate reading First News sparked in our family. We are always happy when topical discussion occurs, and are pleased to answer questions which show that our children are genuinely interested in understanding the world around them.
I’m really pleased that my children are also keen to share First News with their friends. I can definitely see this publication being very useful in schools too, either in the classroom or school libraries.
If you are interested in having First News for your family, we have a promotion code so that you can access an exclusive offer for a subscription. The price is 5 issues for £1 (on direct debit). This is a trial offer. After the 5 issues it continues as a price of £15.99 every 3 months.
Please follow this link to access the deal
Most people choose to continue with the subscription. However, there is no obligation and the customer can call or email to cancel the subscription at any point and no further money will be taken. (This is for the print edition of the newspaper only.)
We hope you enjoy your subscription as much as we are enjoying ours. I can see it being a very useful thing to have for a considerable time in our family.
With thanks to First News for giving us a subscription in return for this review. All opinions are entirely honest and our own.
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