KID REPORTERS’ NOTEBOOK

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Pet Portraits

Nolan Pastore

March 9th, 2018

Vicki Boatright, an artist in Canton, Ohio, loves pets and painting. The combination makes for unique creations for pet lovers around the world.

Max with children's author Elly Swartz at her book launch for Smart Cookie at Blue Bunny Books in Dedham, Massachusetts

Calling All Smart Cookies

Maxwell Surprenant

March 9th, 2018

Elly Swartz’s new middle-grade book, Smart Cookie, is filled with family, friends, pets—and cookies.

A Wrinkle in Time

Annika Petras

March 8th, 2018

Our Kid Reporter talks with the cast and director of A Wrinkle In Time, a new movie from Disney.

A still from the animated film Zombillenium

A Film Festival for All

Josh Stiefel

March 8th, 2018

A children’s film festival in New York City showcases movies from around the world.

The water polo team from Niles West High School in Skokie, IL, took the Polar Plunge together.

Chicago Hosts a “Polar Plunge”

Joseph Gorman

March 7th, 2018

On March 4, nearly 5,000 people participated in a frigid swim to benefit Special Olympics Chicago.

A “Forever” Home for Big Cats

Lilian Jochmann

March 7th, 2018

A sanctuary for big cats in Jacksonville, Florida, doesn’t buy, sell, or breed the animals in their care.

Adedayo with a copy of Becoming Madeleine

Becoming Madeleine

Adedayo Perkovich

March 6th, 2018

A new biography by Madeleine L'Engle’s granddaughters sheds light on the beloved author.

Max with the Science Fiction/STEM panel. From left to right: Monica Tesler, Jarrett Lerner, Katie Slivensky, and Rob Vlock

Smack Dab in the Middle

Maxwell Surprenant

March 6th, 2018

A literary festival in Boston, Massachusetts, allows middle-grade authors to talk about their craft.

On the set with ?, Owen, and Rachael Ray

Recipe for Success

Owen P. W. Osborne

March 6th, 2018

Our Kid Reporter gets tips from chef Rachael Ray on eating well and living well.

Maxwell with author and football star Malcolm Mitchell at An Unlikely Story Bookstore in Plainville, Massachusetts

Reading Is Magical

Maxwell Surprenant

February 28th, 2018

Our Kid Reporter talks with author, literacy advocate, and football star Malcolm Mitchell about the power of books.

Brandon interviewing Alivia Paine, 10, Clear Lake, IA

Kites in Winter?

Brandon Peterson

February 27th, 2018

What is it like to fly a kite on a frozen lake? Our Kid Reporter travels to Clear Lake, Iowa, to find out.

Vinay Ayalya with his team's winning model city, “Halona”

What the Future Holds

Daniel Crotti E...

February 27th, 2018

This year’s Future City® competition invited students from around the world to design visionary urban areas that would allow senior citizens to live independently. 

Manat Kaur with Sabore Ole Oyie.

Bringing Water to Kenya’s Villages

Manat Kaur

February 27th, 2018

In Kenya, 41 percent of people lack access to safe drinking water. That is one reason Sabore’s Wells was created.

Max, Jarrett Krosoczka and the "Lunch Lady" at the Brookline Public Library in Brookline, Massachusetts

A Visit With Lunch Lady—and Her Creator

Maxwell Surprenant

February 26th, 2018

Author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka talks about comic books, graphic novels, and balancing a busy schedule.

Sunaya with Jane Goodall Institute videographer Bill Wallauer

Wild About Conservation

Sunaya DasGupta...

February 26th, 2018

Our Kid Reporter learns more about Jane Goodall and conservation at the New York Wild Film Festival.

Christina at the Disney Channel

Celebrating Differences on Andi Mack

Christina Lilavois

February 23rd, 2018

Our Kid Reporter talks with cast members of the hit TV show from Disney.

A Lunar New Year fireworks display in Hong Kong, which is an autonomous territory in southeastern China

Families Gather for Lunar New Year

Moira Daphne G....

February 16th, 2018

In Hong Kong, celebrations are marked by flowers, fireworks, and family gatherings.

Hounds in Town

Amelia Poor

February 15th, 2018

Dogs take center stage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

Owen with Helen Phares, captain of a Mardi Gras krewe and coordinator of the Children’s Parade in Bossier City

A Mardi Gras Celebration

Owen P. W. Osborne

February 14th, 2018

A children’s parade in Louisiana helps young people celebrate a joyous tradition together.

Manat with science-fiction writer Andy Weir at the Sunnyvale Public Library in California

A Conversation With Andy Weir

Manat Kaur

February 14th, 2018

Our Kid Reporter talks with the author of The Martian and Artemis about his career as a science-fiction writer.

Sadie interviews Jimmy Wayne in Nashville, Tennessee.

A Star Who Shines for Others

Sadie Kiel

February 14th, 2018

Country music star Jimmy Wayne and his dog, Ruby, are working together to raise awareness about foster kids. 

A Museum Like No Other

Lilian Jochmann

February 13th, 2018

The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, is often called an “urban playground.” Our Kid Reporter finds out why.

A Super Bowl to Remember

Ryan Stoltz

February 9th, 2018

On February 4, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Before the game, our Kid Reporter talked with the players and coaches.

Left to right: Jacqueline Woodson, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Judy Blume, Rachel Vail, and Soman Chainani celebrate Blume’s life at Symphony Space in New York City.

“Judy Blumesday”

Josh Stiefel

February 9th, 2018

Fans gather at Symphony Space in New York City to celebrate the 80th birthday of beloved author Judy Blume.

Astounding Kids and Their Inventions

Annika Petras

February 7th, 2018

Students in California solve problems creatively in the Astounding Inventions Contest.

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