Do You Want To Encourage Your Child To Read?

As an English teacher by trade I am passionate about getting children reading.

Parents often worry about ways to encourage it. Especially in those who are reluctant to pick up a full novel. Either because they are overwhelmed by the size, or they are less interested in fiction than fact.

First News is a perfect solution. Aimed at 7-14 year olds, it is a fun, colourful publication crammed full of articles guaranteed to ignite the interests of children and young people.

What’s more, I love how it doesn’t shy away from serious, hard hitting topics – instead presenting them in an age appropriate manner. Young people have access to so much information today, it’s easy for them to worry about world issues, without knowing the full facts.

It’s reassuring therefore as a parent to be able to give your child the information they want without worrying about the appropriateness of the content.

Number One is delighted with the concept too. She has an insatiable desire for knowledge; knowledge which she loves to be able to share with us. I love how after reading First News, she was really inspired to go out and find more about the topics that interested her.

As a teacher, I know what a difference this will make in her future.

So often in school, I ask students to draw on knowledge and experience they have gained from outside the classroom. And it’s always clear from their answers to see which students read widely and have an awareness of world issues. Publications like First News can go a long way in helping our young people develop the awareness of the wider world, which is needed for success not only in the education system but in life.

It’s what I want for my students. But arguably even more importantly, it’s what I want for my daughter.

It isn’t all serious though, far from it! In addition to serious news stories, First News is crammed full of competitions, quizzes and cartoons. With a wordsearch, crossword and soduku alongside a word wheel, word ladder and spot the difference there really is something for everyone. Number One loved completing them. And I loved that they kept her brain ticking. It was lovely to see her so enthusiastic and engaged, as she read and completed the tasks on each page with great gusto.

In fact she loved it so much, she literally didn’t put down her copy of First News until she had read it from cover to cover.

Something that I think happened in large part because of the huge variety of stories it contains. From quick snippets to draw her in to more in depth articles to satisfy her need for knowledge. From serious articles about gene modification to fun facts about the world’s biggest bouncy castle.

It is a publication designed with children and young people in mind. It really is no wonder that it’s one that has stood the test of time. At eleven years old, this is a paper that is clearly designed by people who know and care about their target audience.

As a mum I can’t recommend it highly enough. And as a teacher I’m even more impressed.

It’s a product that will not only benefit children because of what they read in each edition, but because of the curiosity about the world it will give them. I know that we will be subscribing as a family.

It will be money very well spent.

Don’t take my word for it though. You can test it out for yourself. First News are currently offering families a trial of six free issues upon inputting your payment details. This means that your children can experience it before you commit to a subscription as cancellation at any point during the first six weeks will not incure any cost.

It really is well worth checking out. Especially if you are keen to encourage your child to read.

Disclaimer: We were sent First News to review and compensated for our time to write this post. As always however, all thoughts and opinions contained within it are my own.

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65 Comments

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    Jacqueline

    August 21, 2017

    I think this is a fantastic idea to get children excited about reading. It’s such a powerful tool that will serve them well in the future. Improving and increasing ones vocabulary should be task one takes on for life. The every day English language has become a short form of nonsense via text. I noticed it doesn’t serve anyone.

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 21, 2017

      Exactly, more exposure to good writing is always a good thing x

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    Sarah Bailey

    August 21, 2017

    This sounds like a great read for kids, I have to admit I always had my head in a book as a child.

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 21, 2017

      Me too, I love that my daughter is the same x

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    Jenny

    August 21, 2017

    Love the sound of this. My 7 year old is so inquisitive, this sounds perfect for him.

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 21, 2017

      It really would be. My daughter is so excited about it x

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    Helen

    August 21, 2017

    Ah yes I’ve come across First News and think it’s incredible. The regular newspapers aren’t suitable for children, so it’s great they offer something 🙂

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 21, 2017

      They really are pitched perfectly x

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    Tori

    August 21, 2017

    We occasionally get these in school and they always go down well. I’m considering a subscription for my classroom to encourage reading!

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 21, 2017

      Me too, they really are such a great resource x

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    MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    August 21, 2017

    What a great idea to encourage children to read. I used to love reading and try to encourage mine to read as much as possible.

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 21, 2017

      It really is a great paper x

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    Little B & Me

    August 21, 2017

    What a fabulous idea, B is a little too young for this but it sounds so perfect for when he’s older!
    I am currently the ‘reader’, I am forced to read two books before bed… Five is his starting bid though & I barter him down to two 😛

    I love that its printed like a paper so they feel grown up & like ‘us’ x

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 21, 2017

      Bless you, yes the grown up feel is definitely a big hit with Number One x

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    Sarah Ann

    August 21, 2017

    I think this is a wonderful idea and I’m glad they are focusing on age appropriate topics, that’s extremely important.

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 22, 2017

      They really are, the selection of stories is very well thought out indeed x

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    five little doves

    August 21, 2017

    This looks great and such a good idea too! I love to see my children reading, I can’t wait until they are older and can read magazines like this fluently, I would have loved my own little newspaper as a child!

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 22, 2017

      Number One absolutely loves it x

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    Sarah

    August 21, 2017

    Aww I’ve heard about this newspaper actually, it sounds like such a fantastic idea!

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 22, 2017

      I really can’t recommend it highly enough x

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    Ana De- Jesus

    August 21, 2017

    I am passionate about getting kids to read as well so I think that the concept of first news is a great way of getting them interested in reading x

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 22, 2017

      It really is a wonderful idea x

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    Patrick

    August 21, 2017

    Since we don’t get First News here in the States…I developed my love of reading by reading my local newspapers. My Mum got me a sub to Time Magazine when I was 13,it so much fun reading about the world then….

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 22, 2017

      You’re right, children love to read about the world x

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    Hannah

    August 22, 2017

    This looks great. I used to love reading when i was a kid

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 22, 2017

      Me too, I love that that is one trait Number One seems to have inherited x

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    Jaymee (@_TheMumDiaries)

    August 22, 2017

    My Son turned 8 a couple of days ago and First News looks fab! I love how it isn’t full-on but gives the news out appropriately

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 22, 2017

      It really is a very well thought out product x

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    Lynne Harper

    August 22, 2017

    I was a avid reader as a child, my teens all read lots, the smaller children are too young at present but I hope they follow

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 22, 2017

      Fingers crossed, it does make such a difference, doesn’t it? X

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    Jenni

    August 22, 2017

    Oh I love this idea! It’s so good. A newspaper for children 🙂 I know my eldest nanny charge would love it, his reading has really progressed recently too. He gets the national geographic magazines delivered to him already which he loves.

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 22, 2017

      Oh yes, it definitely sounds right up his street x

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    Kristina Maggiora

    August 22, 2017

    This is a lovely idea 🙂 I always loved reading, even as a kid!

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 22, 2017

      Me too, I love that Number Two does as well x

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    Rhian Westbury

    August 22, 2017

    The concept of this is great as I think it can be hard for kids to know whats going on in the world as most papers are not appropriate for kids x

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 22, 2017

      Exactly, it’s the perfect compromise between knowledge and safety x

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    Deb

    August 22, 2017

    This really is a great idea – my boys would love this.

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 22, 2017

      It really is packed full of so many things to keep them entertained x

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    Stephanie Merry

    August 22, 2017

    What a fab idea! I used to read a lot as a child, but don’t seem to have the time now. Wish I did! x

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 22, 2017

      I think we definitely make less time for ourselves as adults x

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    Ashleigh

    August 22, 2017

    I love reading myself, so will always encourage my children to read as much as possible.

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 22, 2017

      Me too, I love that my daughter is following in my footsteps in this way x

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    Nadia

    August 22, 2017

    I saw you sharing this on Instagram and I think it is such a fab idea. Reading and understanding the world is so important even for younger children. x

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 22, 2017

      It really is, it helps them become more secure I think x

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    Anosa

    August 22, 2017

    Indeed a great paper. Me, as a friend, a god mother and relative, I always advise my friends and relatives to encourage their little ones to read. This colorful publication will really be catchy and makes it more fun for kids to enjoy learning.

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 22, 2017

      It really does add lots of fun into learning x

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    Olivia Thristan

    August 22, 2017

    I think it’s a great idea to get a child to read the paper, I used to always want to read my Grandads when growing up!

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 22, 2017

      It really is a great product x

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    Ickle Pickle

    August 22, 2017

    This is such a good idea – my children are younger and older than this but I think it is fantastic. I would definitely get it for Pickle when he is older. Kaz x

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    Angela Milnes

    August 22, 2017

    This is really interesting and a good idea. I try to encourage Sylvia to read a lot. It is hard work as sometimes she would rather do other things but this is a great idea1

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 23, 2017

      I think because it is snippets, it’s much less overwhelming than a book x

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    Kevin's Travel Diary

    August 22, 2017

    Hi mummytimetwo
    Great article and thanks for sharing, I have a 10 year old daughter and for ages I struggled to get her to read more. My daughter pays alot of interest into my hobbies and my blog (travel) and now she reads alot about travelling. I found by sharing my hobby and having her interested was a great way to get her reading more.
    It is a great idea to get them to read the paper, if she lacks on the reading I may have to look into this more.
    Kevin

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 23, 2017

      I think you are totally right, children are definitely more likely to read things if they think that we are engaged with them too x

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    Ashleigh-Jayne O'Connell

    August 23, 2017

    I can’t imagine me not reading as a child, It’s definitely shaped who I am as an adult. I used to read things like the Beano and the Dandy as well so it;s nice to see there are still similar options that can also help you learn

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 24, 2017

      It really does change who we become doesn’t it? X

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    Ami Rose

    August 23, 2017

    I love the idea of a newspaper for children. I would have loved something like this when I was younger.

    Ami xxx

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 24, 2017

      Me too, I always had my nose in a book x

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    Amanda

    August 23, 2017

    I love this idea! I think appreciation for reading from a young age is so important. I always prefer to buy education gifts like books for my younger family members.

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 24, 2017

      I totally agree, the younger children develop a passion for reading the better x

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    Laura

    August 23, 2017

    What a great idea, I don’t know how I haven’t heard of it before. Will definitely have to try out the free trial.

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 24, 2017

      You won’t regret it, it really is a brilliant product x

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    Rachel

    August 23, 2017

    That’s greats, although my daughter is too young for her now I could definitely see her being interested in this in the future. She loves reading and puzzle solving and I try to encourage her with it everyday.

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 24, 2017

      That’s great that she is really loving her reading x

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    Clare

    August 24, 2017

    I couldn’t agree more I think reading is so important for kids. I have not tried Fred out with First News (he is only 7 though) but I have seen it myself and am very impressed. Great review.

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      Mummy Times Two

      August 29, 2017

      Thank you, it really is a great product isn’t it? X

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