The following books contain newspaper-related themes. The level is given only as a general reference and does not indicate the only level at which that book may be used effectively.
American Girl Series ...History´s Mysteries, "Whistler in the Dark," by Kathleen Ernst, paperback, 155 pages, Pleasant Company, ISBN 1-58485-486-5
Summary: In 1867, twelve-year-old Emma and her widowed mother move to a tiny mining town in the Colorado Territory to start a newspaper, but someone is determined to scare them away.
Jen reads to Avalon, 5, books about the new baby that is coming. The method of reading is called bibliotherapy. Thursday, May 12, 2005 in Edgewater. (Photo: N-J/Roger Simms)
American Girl Series ..."Meet Kit, An American Girl," by Valerie Tripp, 6 paperbacks, each approx. 70 pages, Pleasant Company, ISBN (for the series) 1-58485-357-3
Summary: Nine-year-old Kit, who creates her own newspapers, responds to life during the Great Depression with courage and resourcefulness.
"Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair," by Patricia Polacco, hardback, unpaged, Philomel Books, ISBN 0-399-22943-4
Summary: In this fantasy, a town finds out the hard way the consequences of not reading, but in the end they are saved by the written word.
"Breaking into Print," by Stephen Krensky, hardback, unpaged, Little Brown, ISBN 0-316-50376-2
Summary: This beautifully illustrated book describes the nature of books in the world before the development of the printing press and the subsequent effect of that invention on civilization.
"Dear Mrs. LaRue," by Mark Teague, hardback, unpaged, Scholastic Press, 0-439-20663-4
Summary: Gertrude LaRue receives funny typewritten and paw-written letters from her dog, Ike, entreating her to let him leave the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy and come back home. Headlines and news stories document the progress.
"The Furry News," by Loreen Leedy, paperback and big book, unpaged, Holiday House, ISBN 0-8234-1026-9
Summary: Big Bear, Rabbit and other animals work hard to write, edit and print their newspaper, "The Furry News." Includes tips for making your own newspaper and defines a number of newspaper terms.
"The Great Trash Bash," by Loreen Leedy, paperback, 32 pages, Holiday House, ISBN 0823416348
Summary: The animals of Beaston realize something´s wrong: litter mars their landscape, landfills are filling up, and no one wants a new dump in their neighborhood. Their solutions are exemplary.
"Joseph Had a Little Coat," by Simms Taback, unpaged, Viking Press, ISBN 0-670-87855-3
Summary: A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.
"Judy Moody Gets Famous," by Megan McDonald, paperback, 127 pages, Scholastic, ISBN 0-439-40206-9
Summary: When her friend gets her name in the paper Judy does everything she can to make front-page news herself.
"Little Lit: Folklore and Fairy Tale Funnies," by Art Spiegelman and Mouly Francoise, hardcover, 64 pages, Harper Collins Juvenile Books, ISBN 0060286245
Summary: Folk tales told in Sunday comics´ style. It is a good introduction to comic strip writing and cartooning.
"More Than Anything Else," by Marie Bradby, Orchard Books, ISBN - 531094642
Summary: This beautifully illustrated this book is based on the childhood of Booker T. Washington who gets help in learning to read from a man in town. A quote, "I see a man reading a newspaper aloud and all doubt falls away. I have found hope, and it is as brown as me."
"Nellie Bly´s Monkey," by Joan W. Blos, hardback, unpaged, Morrow Junior Books, ISBN 0-688-12677-4
Summary: On her round-the-world trip, Nellie Bly reportedly picked up a monkey in Singapore. This is the monkey´s version of the story.
"Nothing Is Impossible, said Nellie Bly," by Judy Carlson paperback, 31 pages, Steck-Vaughn, ISBN 0-8114-6721-X
Summary: A mini-biography of trailblazing reporter Nellie Bly and her trip around the world in less than eighty days.
"The Paperboy," by Day Pilkey, hardcover, 32 pages, Orchard Books, ISBN 0-531071391
Summary: A tribute to hard working paper carriers.
"Paperboy," by Mary Kay Kroeger. paperback, 32 pages, Clarion Books ISBN 0618111425
Summary: Lustrous watercolors illuminate this finely crafted period piece set against the Dempsey-Tunney boxing match of 1927. Willie Brinkman works every day after school selling newspapers in Cincinnati, and with his hero, Jack Dempsey, attempting a comeback for the world heavyweight championship, he eagerly signs up to sell "extras" the night of the fight.
"Princess of the Press: The Story of Ida B. Wells-Batnett," by Angela Shelf Medearis, hardback, 58 pages, Lodestar Books, ISBN 0-525-67493-4
Summary: A biography of the journalist, newspaper owner and suffragette who campaigned for civil rights and helped to found the NAACP.
"Sector 7," by Davis Wiesner, hardback, unpaged, Clarion Books, ISBN 0-395-74656-6
Summary: While on a school trip to the Empire State Building, a boy is taken by a friendly cloud to visit Sector 7, where clouds are shaped and channeled throughout the country.
"Tar Beach," by Faith Ringgold, paperback, unpaged, Dragonfly Books, ISBN 0-517-88544-1
Summary: A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and family. Based on the author´s quilt painting of the same name.
"Truck." By Donald Crews, paperback, 32 pages, Harper Trophy, ISBN 0-688-10481-9
Summary: In this wordless Caldecott Honor book, striking graphics help little ones follow a big red truck on its bustling journey delivery newspapers throughout the city.
"The True Story of the Three Little Pigs," by Jon Scieszka, hard- and paperback, unpaged, Puffin Books, ISBN 0-14-054451-8
Summary: The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs
"Uptown," by Bryan Collier, hardback, unpaged, Henry Holt and Company, ISBN 0-8050-5721-8
Summary: A tour of the sights of Harlem, including the Metro-North train, brownstones, summer basketball, the Harlem boys choir and sunset over the Hudson River.
"Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus," by Francis P. Church, hardback and oversized, unpaged, Courage Books an imprint of Running Press, ISBN 0-7624-1120-1
Summary: A wonderfully illustrated version of Church´s editorial from the 1897 New York Sun.
"Black and White," by David Macaulay, hardback, unpaged, Houghton Mifflin Company, ISBN 0-395-52151-3
Summary: Four brief "stories" about parents, trains and cows, or is it really all one story? The author recommends careful inspection of both words and pictures to both minimize and enhance confusion.
Everett looks up a word in the dictionary, Saturday, February 5, 2005. (Photo: N-J/Pam Lockeby)
"Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888," by Christopher Bing, hardback, 32 pages, Handprint Books, ISBN 1929766009
Summary: The original verses about baseball star Casey and the ill-fated Mudville nine appeared in the San Francisco Examiner on June 3, 1888, and Bing captures the spirit of the age with pen-and-ink illustrations that look like carefully preserved newspaper clippings, complete with slightly torn and yellowed edges.
"The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt," by Patricia MacLachlan, hard- and paperback, 144 pages, Harper Trophy, ISBN 0-0644-0-2657
Summary: Eleven-year-old Minna Pratt learns abut life from her eccentric family, her first boyfriend and Mozart. (Her brother sings the headlines.)
The Get Real Series by Linda Ellerbee #1 "Girl Reporter Blows Lid off Town!" paperback, 195 pages, Avon Books, ISBN 0-06-440755-1
Summary: Casey Smith, an intrepid 11-year-old journalist, revives her middle school´s defunct newspaper and investigates what looks like an environmental pollution cover-up at the local paper mill.
#2 "Girl Reporter Sinks School!" paperback, 165 pages, Avon Books, ISBN 0-06-440756-X
Summary: Eleven-year-old Casey Smith decides to do an investigative story for the school paper about a cheating ring operating on campus.
#3 "Girl Reporter Stuck in Jam!" paperback, 212 pages, Avon Books, ISBN 0-060440757-8
Summary: Intrepid 11-year-old journalist Casey Smith is so busy trying to get a story for the newspaper about a victim of physical abuse that she neglects her friend Ringo, the school´s first male cheerleader.
#4 "Girl Reporter Snags Crush!" paperback, 229 pages, Avon Books, ISBN 0-06-440758-6
Summary: Intrepid 11-year-old journalist Casey Smith protests Crush Cola´s corporate sponsorship of her school, a deal that would give the company a monopoly on the soda sold there.
"Fifth Grade Stars; #5 Star Reporter," by Lisa Norby, paperback, 110 pages, Bullseye Books, ISBN 0-679-800065-4
Summary: Competing with a rival club for the best school project, Karen and the other members of the Stars learn about reporting when they start a newspaper.
"Getting the Real Story: Nellie Bly and Ida B. Wells," by Sue Davidson, paperback, 152 pages, The Seal Press, ISBN 1-878067-16-8
Summary: Parallel biographies of two women who used their journalistic skills to fight unjust treatment based on gender and race in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century America.
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer´s Stone," by J.K.Rowling, hard-and paperback, 312 pages, Scholastic, ISBN 0-590-35342-X
Summary: Harry´s adventures in his first year at Hogwart´s, a training school for young wizards. (There are numerous references to the newspaper, The Daily Prophet, in this and other Harry Potter books in the series.)
"Kids in Print," by Mark Levin, paperback, 80 pages, GoodApple, ISBN 1-56417-661-4
Summary: The nuts and bolts of publishing a school newspaper are presented with many black line masters for kids and teachers.
"The Landry News," by Andrew Clements, hardback, 123 pages, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0-689-81817-3
Summary: A fifth-grader starts a newspaper with an editorial that prompts her burned-out teacher to really begin teaching again, but he is later threatened with disciplinary action as a result.
"The Printer´s Apprentice," by Stephen Krensky, hardback, 103 pages. Delacorte Press, ISBN 0-385-32095-7
Summary: In 1735 in New York City, a young printer´s apprentice learns about the importance of freedom of speech when the printer Peter Zenger is arrested and tried for writing articles criticizing the government.
"Regarding the Fountain," by Kate Klise, paperback, 138 pages, Avon Camelot, ISBN 0-380-79347-4
Summary: "The Geyser Creek Gazette" plays an important role in uncovering the political shenanigans behind the design and installation of a new drinking fountain for Dry Creek Middle School in this, clever but preposterous, adventure.
"Young Americans - Colonial Williamsburg, Maria´s Story: 1773," by Joan Lowery Nixon, hardback, 165 pages, Delacorte Press, ISBN 0-385-32685-8
Summary: In Williamsburg, Virginia, two years before the start of the American Revolution, nine-year-old Maria worries that her mother will lose her contract to publish official reports and announcements of the British government because she prints anti-British articles in their family-run newspaper.
"Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year," edited by Charles Brooks, paperback, 206 pages, Pelican Publishing Company, ISBN 1-56554-464-1
Summary: A pictorial history of the year in cartoon form
Illustration, May 13, 2005. (N-J/David Pringle)
"Dateline: Troy," by Paul Fleishman, hardback, 79 pages, Candlewick Press, ISBN 1-56402-469-5
Summary: A retelling of the story of the Trojan War illustrated with collages featuring newspaper clippings of modern events from World War I through the Persian Gulf War.
"Extraordinary Women Journalists," by Claire Price-Groff, hard- and paperback, 272 pages, Children´s Press, ISBN 0-516-26242-4
Summary: Profiles of the life and work of more than 50 notable women journalists.
"Nellie Bly´s Book: Around the World in 72 Days," edited by Ira Peck, 127 pages, Twenty-First Century Books, hard back, ISBN 0-7613-0971-3
Summary: An abridged version of the famous woman journalist´s experiences as she tries to make a trip around the world in less than eighty days in the late 19th century.
"The New Rules of High School," by Blake Nelson, hardback, 224 pages, Viking, ISBN 0-670-03644-7
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Max Caldwell has been the perfect high school student - on the honor roll, captain of the debate team, and soon-to-be editor of the school newspaper - but during his senior year, he begins questioning his approach to life and things start to change.
"Stargirl," By Jerry Spinelli, paperback, 186 pages, Knopf, ISBN 0-375-82233-X
Summary: In this story about the perils of love and popularity, the courage of non-conformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.
"Adventures Behind the Scenes at a Newspaper," a 20-minute video shot at the Tallahassee Democrat by Dogwood Production, 1-800-937-2670.
"Around the World in 72 Days," a 60-minute video produced by PBS as part of The American Experience Series.
"Birthday Banner," a CD-ROM that delivers newspaper front pages for any date from 1880 to 1998. Available from the Newseum, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209.
"It´s News to Me," a board game and activity book centered on journalism produced by Newsline Publication, Pittsburgh, PA, 1-412-781-0595.
"Modern Marvels: Newspapers," a 50-minute video produced by the History Channel.
"News History Gazette," a 35-page tab-sized history of the news industry with a special pullout poster of front pages through the ages. Produced by The Newseum, 1-888-NEWSEUM.
"Rookie Reporter," a CD-ROM adventure into journalism for upper elementary and middle schoolers. Available from the Meridian Creative Group, 1-800-695-9427.
"The Egyptian Echo," ISBN 0-7460-2751-6
"The Greek Gazette," ISBN 07460-27559
"The Medieval Messenger," ISBN 0-7460-2749-4
"The Roman Record," ISBN 0-7460-2753-2
"The Stone Age Sentinel," ISBN 0-7460-2959-4
"The Viking Invader," ISBN 0-7460-29578