Harlow has always been interested in nonfiction, both history, and current events. It’s why her favorite books are biographies. She has an uncanny ability for memorizing names and dates, and she likes to watch the news. She likes to deliver the news, too— remember Harlow’s News? That was back when the topics of the day were Olympic figure skating and the release of Descendants 2. In more recent years, the stories on the news have become way more dire, but when we go to turn it off, Harlow always says, “Keep it on! I’m interested.” We’ve learned a lot as a family because Harlow is very curious and never shies away from asking tough questions.
About a year ago, an issue of The Week Junior showed up on our doorstep, which is a weekly magazine on current events geared towards 8-14yos. It’s packed with news, science, animals, nature, sports, entertainment, and puzzles alongside reader-submitted stories and causes kids care about.
Harlow was immediately intrigued. We sat and read through it together, leafing through national news, international news, human interest stories, all told in an age-appropriate way, providing facts, without any bias. (Imagine that!) I even remember which article captured Harlow’s attention the most. It was about an auction that sold items recovered from the Titanic. A cracker was sold for $23K. Harlow was both fascinated and appalled. “$23,000?? For a cracker??? I bet it was stale!” She retold that story to different people, numerous times over the next few days, as if she had been brushing up on her cocktail conversation. Everyone was so impressed! And that’s how her love of The Week Junior started.
We’ve been receiving The Week Junior every week for about a year, and Harlow looks forward to each issue arriving. She checks out the cover story and then turns straight to the “Photos of the Week” section which features striking full color photos from around the world – like an aerial view of a Chinese tea garden, monks praying during a Buddhist ceremony in Thailand, a flooded forest in Vietnam, a close up of a turtle hatchling in Australia. “Photos of the Week” is always the centerfold, and usually includes a reader photo among the professional shots. I think the photos have really opened her mind to how amazing nature is, how different other cultures are and what is out there to explore across the globe.
Harlow and I set aside time to go through the rest of the issue together, with Harlow pointing out the articles which interest her the most. Together, we’ve learned about climate change’s effect on the coral reef, congress debating voting rights, the NCAA making changes to the women’s basketball tournament so that it’s more equal to the men’s, and the launch of the James Webb telescope.
Harlow was particularly excited about the telescope because she also learned about it in science class at school. I find that the current events which resonate the most are often things that she learns about in school and then are reinforced with an article in The Week Junior, or vice versa. That’s when she’ll ask me to delve deeper so she can find out more information and bring it up for future discussion. For instance, she made our whole family watch the launch of the James Webb telescope on Christmas morning.
Harlow will usually ask so many questions, which lead from the topic at hand to other issues, that we only cover one article at a time and come back to the issue over and over throughout the week. It’s become a great bonding activity for us, and I love seeing her use her newfound knowledge to impress adults we know. We’ve even had her teachers tell us that she shared a surprising fact with them or that she was already educated on a topic that she learned again in class. Nothing makes a parent prouder than finding out your kid raised her hand and identified Judge Ketanji Jackson Brown before being told.
I also love the section called “The Big Debate,” with topics like “Should schools eliminate gifted programs?” and “Should kids have to make their bed everyday?” which gives arguments to both sides of an issue and lets kids make up their own minds. It’s become a really great tool for conversation starters at family dinner.
At the end of each issue are always a few sections that are more interactive. There are puzzles, craft ideas, a recipe, and a quiz to test you on everything you just learned. In the back is also where you will find the “Charity of the Week”, the “Teacher of the Week” and reader submitted news items with inspirational endeavors like an 11yo who recycles her The Week Junior issues and turns them into paper cranes and an 8yo who sells her artwork to raise money to rescue tigers. It’s great to learn about real kids who are making a difference and opening up Harlow’s mind to all the good one person can accomplish. I can see her wheels turning every time.
Today, I’m giving away subscriptions to The Week Junior (which includes 25 issues) to five winners! Just tell me the news story that interested your child the most this year in the comments below!
Congratulations to Erika S, Laura, Angela C, Rachel C, and Natalie C. Please contact email@example.com to claim your prize!
If you think your family would benefit from receiving The Week Junior, you can try six issues RISK-FREE by subscribing today! If your child enjoys The Week Junior, you’ll get 19 more issues (25 in all) for $49.95—that’s a savings of 66% off the cover price, less than $2 per issue. Plus, your child will receive the Out of This World Puzzles magazine for free.
This post is sponsored by The Week Junior, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
My kids have been very interested and concerned what’s happening in Ukraine.
My son loves news stories about historical figures!
My kids are surprisingly interested in politics!
My kids have been very interested and upset by the war in Ukraine. It has led to many interesting family discussions. Also, the Oscar slap has been a current topic….
My newly-9-year-old likes finding out what is going on with the pandemic.
My kids will love the debate section. They love picking topics to banter about
My son has been following the science articles, like the Coronavirus and anything with space!
My son turns 11 today, literally it’s his birthday. 😀 he’s read some interesting stories about families in the Ukraine being united with their pets, and he loves anything about the environment.
Current issues such as the war in the Ukraine. My oldest has also been following the hate policies towards the LGBQT+.
My oldest is Mazzy’s age, and much still “innocent” and uninformed with many news items. We tend to talk about human rights movements, ecological impacts, and tons about foreign affairs . The story he was most interested in about has been Ukraine and Russia. We have discussed the importance of not measuring the entire country and prejudices based on a few.
My 9.5 year old loves learning and learning new things. This year in school they sre studying a lot about the environment, climate change, how we can do better. She did two school presentations on viruses and the Savannah because she couldn’t decide which to do and did both. She said she really loved seeing the photos and can’t wait to see those when she gets her own ah addiction.
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My son is very much like Harlow. He loves the facts and dates. Since he was little his favorite books were the Fact ones. Facts on the rainforest, rainbow, jungle, vehicles, American history, previous wars etc. I think he would really enjoy the news section.
I just asked them and here’s what they gave me: Favorite News Stories of 2022 so far have been a retiring Supreme Court Justice & now the first African American Woman justice, St. Peter’s the NCAA underdog, and falling iguanas 😂
My six year old is concerned about everything going on in Ukraine. He too asks those hard questions and is interested in soaking up factual information. So much so that I was low key avoiding and didn’t want to mention the conflict until I could figure out how to discuss with him. When he brought it up to me. He would absolutely love and appreciate this magazine!
We don’t watch the news in our house, but our 9 year old was excited about the new justice announcement yesterday
My 10 yr daughter was interested in learning about the war in Ukraine. I think she’d love The Week!
My 8 year old is interested in science so she enjoyed learning about the fugitive flamingo in Texas. She’s also been interested in learning about famous women in history… not necessarily just current news… but her favorite was Simone Biles at the Olympics.
My oldest has been interested in keeping up with Covid related news this year. He also enjoys biographies and learning about different people.
I’m trying to get my boys more interested in reading AND current events. I think that The Week is something that we could read and discuss together. They are almost 12 and 10.
My 10 year old likes science stuff. 🙂
My 9.5 year old loves learning and learning new things. This year in school they sre studying a lot about the environment, climate change, how we can do better. She did two school presentations on viruses and the Savannah because she couldn’t decide which to do and did both. She said she really loved seeing the photos and can’t wait to see those when she gets her own edition.
I have 3 kids (14, 11, 8), and I actually think my youngest would enjoy this the most! He’s very inquisitive and always asking questions. His vocabulary is bigger than some adults! He gets very concerned with any event that our family is discussing. He just sits and listens and takes it all in, and then asks questions to continue the conversation. He’s still very much into learning about covid and how it still affects the world, and our city both. He has really gotten into reading this past year, and I think all of these articles would peak his interest! Maybe he could even convince the older two to read it haha Thanks for offering this giveaway! Excited to see who wins!
My son was very interested in the Covid pandemic as things went up/down, and weather related news! He is always interested in things history, and I realize how much we need to get him more involved in daily happenings! This sounds amazing and perfect. He gets worried with adult type things so kid versions are perfect!!
My son is really interested in what’s going on in Ukraine – sometimes he shares news with me before I’ve heard it!
Love this. My almost 8 year old wants to be a marine biologist when he grows up so we have been following what’s happening with global warming and the melting of the ice caps and also our deep sea creature discoveries- lots happening this year!!!
Thanks for this fantastic idea! Perfect solution for keeping up with reading this summer. 9yo Sidney loves animal rescue stories, so we watch a LOT of Dodo videos. She really likes discovering things on her own, so this magazine could be a great alternative to random Google searches.
My 8-year olds like news stories about animals being rescued, and like learning about past events that they learn about at school such as the Titanic.
I have a young teenager and a preteen now, and most recently, we’ve been having lots of discussions about the book bans happening in school districts around the country, including where we live. We have some very strong opinions in this house. 💪
My kids are very curious to learn more about the events happening in Ukraine.
My 9 year old grandson would love this! He is interested in science and enjoys reading books with interesting facts. He also loves a good animal story and anything about nature and being outside.
Our son (8 year old) has been most interested in the war in Ukraine. I think he’d really enjoy this!
My oldest is 10 and we’re currently living in FL (we’re military and move often). She has shown lots of interest this year in the way covid is handled in schools here vs in GA where we lived last year and Boston and NYC where we recently visited.
My 8 yr old son loves reading different things – both current news, cool facts, science, sports, and historical stuffs. Right now, he has Highlights magazine monthly and he is looking forward to subscribe to The Week Jr. For example, the story about Panda, he could relate to what he has been researching for his non-fiction writing and research from school.
My son would love this. He has been up on pandemic news since the start and brings up the war in Ukraine as well. But his favorite stories are always animal stories.
My 8 year old daughter is into any science-related news story. She has been especially interested in efforts to clone a woolly mammoth.
My oldest (10) is very interested in what’s happening in Ukraine as well as animal stories. My 8 year old wants to know current pandemic news. We live in California and she’s intrigued by how different the response has been in other parts of the country. My youngest (5) would be interested in anything weather and natural disaster related.
Anything that involves space/NASA!
My 12 year old is really into the weather, so any time there’s news about big storms he gets into that. He has also been following the war in Ukraine (our whole family has) which has honestly been hard because I sometimes struggle to find the right balance of sharing what’s happening and shielding my kids from the atrocities of everything (especially since we have younger kids and sensitive kids). I have actually debated getting a subscription to this for him so he would have something age appropriate. Thanks for sharing!
My girls are very interested in what’s happening with Ukraine right now and how our nation and our politics affect this situation. This magazine looks awesome!
My 9 year old is an avid reader but totally out of touch with the news. I’ve been eyeing The Week Junior – it would be a great addition to his world!
My 9 year old twins are very interest in natural disasters (storms, wildfires, earthquakes, volcanoes etc) and the war in Ukraine.
My children have been interested in what is been happening with our economy. They have especially been paying attention to gas prices in our state and then comparing them to what they hear on the news. They are always shocked at how high the gas prices are in California.
My son is interested in what’s happening in Ukraine right now. His social studies teacher has him interested in history and social issues for the first time.
My kids were very interested in learning about new Olympic sports and tracking the number of medals each country earned.
My boys have been talking a lot about the new Supreme Court Justice. They have talked about how she was treated and how she reacted to that treatment. They were very happy with the end result!
Ms 10 has been very interested in the newest Supreme Court appointee!! (As is her lawyer mom)
My 9.5 year old loves a kid slant to world news that she can digest. My 7.5 year old loves learning about women breaking boundaries and biographies.
I babysit my 6yo grandson and he loves learning new things ☺ His favorite news stories so far were the iguanas that fell on people in Florida. Also, anything to do with the space station.
I’m so glad you shared Harlow’s experience with this magazine! We’re always on the lookout for engaging reading material for our 9yo. He’s good at reading and soaks up science information like a little sponge. He was really interested in the James Webb telescope, too. He loves outer space and had big plans to invent teleportation someday 😉
My boys have been very interested in the world news lately and are the perfect age for this magazine!
My son has been very interested in what has been happening in Ukraine.
Most recently they were interested in the local news of a young boy who fell off a ride at icon park in orlando. ☹️
My 10 year olds favorite news stories are ones about helping others. So helping to collect things for others during the pandemic has been big. She would love this.
My kids are 11 and 13 and are very much into what is going on with Russia and Ukraine and possible food shortages. Which has also influenced our family starting a garden!
My kids have been very curious about the Ukraine.
We get the newspaper at home and I always struggle whether to show him. But we have been talking about the war quite a bite lately. He also likes looking at the monthly NYT kid’s section.
My kids, especially my 8 year old, is very interested in everything Ukraine, but also everything Cubs related ⚾️ and morel mushroom hunting 🍄.
My 8 and a half year old loves learning about different cultures and their traditions, and has been very interested in what is coming next in the pandemic.
My son has been asking lots of questions about Ukraine and Russia, and while I am honest, I struggle with what to say sometimes that’s honest but at the right level for him.
We’ve been talking a lot about Ukraine. That is the most present thing in our home lately!
My nine year old just came home telling me all about this and then I saw you post about it! Anyways she told me a ton of things she learned from the issue they read in class which I honestly don’t remember the details of😂 hope that counts. I know she would love getting this!
My 8yo is very concerned about climate change- it’s been a topic in her Girl Scout troop badges and the theme of this school year. I’d love to get her more exposed to world events and unbiased looks at the news.
My Daughter would love these magazines! Her favorite stories are anything to do with people going into space. She love watching the launches whenever they are on. She is also Interested in the recent appointment of Ketanji Brown Jackson! She is so inspired by her and was wondering how she can be the first African American Girl to do something to impact our country in a great way. These magazines seem like a great way to inspire children and keep them informed about what’s going on in the world
My daughter has been really concerned about what has been going on in Ukraine. I think she would enjoy this magazine!
My 9 year old loves animal stories!
The news story my kiddo has been the most interested in this year has been Ukraine but they are also very invested in endangered species.
My oldest was most interested in the inauguration!!! She was so excited to see a female become VP!
My daughter is only 11 months, but my 6th grade students would love this magazine. This year they also enjoyed reading about the James Webb telescope,
My son is super interested in how the situation in Ukraine is
Affecting gas prices here.
My kids liked the story about the narwahl that is living with a pod of Beluga whales.
My kids (8 and 7) have been interested in anything politics – elections, LGBYQI+ rights, Supreme Court nomination, etc. They would love this magazine!!
My 8 year old daughter loves to read about pop culture news like the Grammy awards or about the little boy who looks like Antonio from Encanto. She loves to read about animals and current events! She would enjoy a subscription to the Week Junior!
My 8 year old is very passionate about what is happening in Ukraine. My husbands mom is half Ukrainian so she feels even more connected to what is happening. She is also a history love whose self proclaimed “celebrity crush” is George Washington 😂
My 9 year old was following the news about the vaccine for kids. Telling us when he would be able to get his vaccine and now he listens for updates about the booster.
My 9 year old has a lot of questions about the Ukraine bc she hears a lot from the kids at school.
My 9.5 year old was really into the Olympics, especially the young girls competing and winning! She then checked out the Who is Chloe Kim book from the library to learn more about her.
Oh I’d LOVE to win this for my daughter. We listen to Smash Boom Best which is a kids debate show. My girls love it so I feel like they’d love the debate section you mentioned.
News story they’ve been interested in has been Covid and Ukraine/Russia.
I loved how the telescope inspired her
My kids are interested in the war in Ukraine as well as some local issues. We just started occasionally watching the news with them and I love this kid friendly version of their own. Thanks for doing this giveaway!
My 8 (almost 9) year old is most interested in anything space, so he thinks the new telescope is fun. This week though, it’s Opening Day for baseball!
Recently my daughter has been excited about Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson officially being confirmed to the US Supreme Court.
My son is all about keeping up with the current endeavors of NASA!
My daughters have been very interested in what is going on with Ukraine since my Grandfather’s family came from there.
My 7.5 yo will be interested in anything she hears and hears us talking about. I try to shield her from anxiety inducing news, (it affects me poorly), but we will discuss world events, and historical events. She was very into the last presidential election, and she has learned about the Supreme Court our new Justice, the Honorable Ms. Jackson.
We love nonfiction over here. Kids love learning about any current event and I would say are very invested in Ukraine right now.
My son would love this. He is usually most interested in the environmental part of the news. Every where we go he asks to pick up trash and throw it away! ❤️
My 11 year old loves strange but true facts. She would love the titanic cracker story. 💗 Has Your daughter ever played National Geographic’s “Weird but True” game?
My 9 y/o has been very concerned with the developments in Ukraine. This mag looks really fascinating!
My child likes the science and photos section.
We recently learned that when my 8 yo son got up in the morning he would put on the tv and watch a the news before changing the channel to youtube. He is interested in everything. One of the stories he asked a lot of questions about was why was it “news” that there was the first female minor league baseball manager.
My 8yo heard on the radio this week that a teacher played a high pitched ringing for 40 minutes because her class was being disruptive. She was appalled and had to tell my husband about it during the dinner.
My 8 year old would love this magazine!! Living in Louisiana, he’s always quite curious about the impact of natural disasters (eg hurricane Ida) on communities. Thanks for introducing me to this magazine!
My 8 year old would love this magazine!! Living in Louisiana, he’s always quite curious about the impact of natural disasters (eg hurricane Ida) on communities. Thanks for introducing me to this magazine!!
My 9 year old was very interested in the Olympics this year!
My daughter likes the science section.
My 10 year old loves just learning facts in general…. Any and all and then doesn’t stop talking about them!
The Olympics!! But he’s such a curious kid, he’s into all news and chatting about it with us.
My 10 year old loves history and politics. Yesterday he was proud of the confirmation of Judge Jackson.
This year, my 11yo son has been in disbelief regarding the ability of human beings bombing hospitals and orphanages. People having to flee their own country in search of safety is mind boggling to him. We’ve had many dinner discussions over the last few months on these crimes against humanity. It’s never easy when your children began to see the ugliness in the world through their own eyes.
Our girls were excited for Olympics and Athletes that overcame trials saw their dreams realized.
We have not subscribed to any magazines for our 8 year old, but he loves to read about major historical events and science. He’s currently very into “I survived” books.
My daughter is 8 and has been asking so many questions about Ukraine at the moment. She is a big reader and this would be an awesome addition for her
The timing of Russia invading Ukraine fell right as my two boys and I were in the midst of a Stranger Things binge. The most recent season talks heavily about “Evil Russians” so the kids’ immediately started to make connections. “It sounds like Russia has been an issue for a while,” my eldest pondered. We started looking into the history of Russian conflicts and following news from the Ukraine together after that. While both kids were interested in historical happening before, this has brought a new interest in current events and connecting them with history.
My 8 year old daughter was hooked on the Ketanji Jackson Brown hearings!! She would LOVE a subscription to keep up with the news.
My 11 yr old is interested in current events and all things in entertainment. He also loves learning about different cultures.