First News Review – Our First Impressions

First News Children's Newspaper Review

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.

Hugo looks very grown up reading his 'First News' newspaper
Hugo looks very grown up reading his ‘First News’ newspaper

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!

Toby enjoyed First News' quizzes and puzzles
Toby enjoyed First News’ quizzes and puzzles

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.

World news and features about animals were very popular
World news and features about animals were very popular

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.

Lots of interesting facts to share from First News
Lots of interesting facts to share

Special Offer

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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24 Replies to “First News Review – Our First Impressions”

  1. What a great idea! I love how it sparked family discussion in the family… we tried This Week Junior for a while and every now and then I’ll buy it for this very reason – for the kids to keep on top of current debates and lead to some really interesting chats!

    1. Thank you Lauretta, we’re really enjoying it.

  2. This is such a good idea. I think it’s so important to engage children in current affairs from an early age so that they can grow up to be well-informed adults. I’m sure my 11 year old would love this. And unfortunately I have a house full of reluctant readers! xx
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  3. This is such a good way of introducing kids to the news, and being able to sensor quite how much horror they see x
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  4. My boys have been reviewing this recently and I am so impressed with it. It is well written in language kids can understand. It also teaches them about the important issues in the world in a gentle way. Great review.

    1. Thanks Lisa, I totally agree with you, it’s so informative yet easy to understand. Glad your boys are enjoying it too.

  5. I love the look of this. I wish there had been something similar when I was younger
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    1. Me too Lyndsey!

  6. Fantastic idea! It’s important to start engaging kids in current affairs from early days.

    1. I think so too, it’s really good to spark their interest.

  7. I have not read a newspaper in ages. Need to change that. Thanks for reminding me.

    1. Me too – my kids are reading more than me!!

  8. That is such a good idea! I remember loving Newsround on CBBC as a kid, though never read a newspaper until I was bigger. Great to get them interested from a young age!

    1. Thanks Abbey. My boys are enjoying Newsround too, that’s why I thought the paper was a good idea for them.

  9. It’s fantastic to get children involved in the world around them and current affairs. What an interesting way of doing that.
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    1. I agree Emma – thanks for your comment

  10. What a great idea! It surprises me just how much my 6 year old likes catching up with cbbc newsround, so I think he would really like this.
    Fab review 🙂

    1. Thank you Jayne – my two enjoy Newsround too, and have a real interest in the world around them. It’s good to nurture that I think, don’t you?

  11. This is a great idea, particularly for boys who sometimes need a bit of excitement, variety and cajoling to read. Thanks for the review. Pen x #weekendblogshare
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    1. Thank you Pen x

  12. I would have loved this when I was younger, I used to love reading my Grandad’s newspaper. I hope it’s still around in a few years so I can get my two a subscription. Thanks for linking up with #TuesdayTreasures
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    1. I hope so too, Angela. My two are just the right age for it now, and it’s fab!

  13. oh fab a kids newspaper! It’s been years since I’ve seen one, I fondly remember the Funday Times!
    Thanks so much for joining in with #TuesdayTreasures.
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    1. Oh I don’t remember that one (but I am quite old!), but yes, First News is going down relly well in our house!

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