First News Review

First News

I’m a really big advocate of encouraging children to read, both my boys are competent readers. I think it’s important for children to read non-fiction as well as fiction and learning about what is happening in the world really helps them at school. We’ve been reading the First News children’s newspaper for the last 2 weeks.

What is First News?

First News is a subscription based weekly newspaper designed for children aged 7 – 14 years old. While this is quite a varied age group there is something in it for all age groups. There are 28 different sections including;

  • Big News
  • Week in Pictures
  • Home News
  • World News
  • Animal News
  • Puzzle time
  • Game zone
  • Sports

My boys have enjoyed reading it and have taken different things away from each of the sections. William is 9 and in year 5, Ben is 8 and in year 3 at school. They have different reading abilities and different interests and it’s been nice to see that this paper can cater for both of them. They having been looking forward to getting a new copy through the post every Friday and I have to referee who get’s to read it first!

What the boys think

First News

William – “I really like this newspaper it’s better than some of the other ones I’ve read at school because it doesn’t use so many long words that I don’t always understand. The stories are shorter so it’s easier for me to read. It tells me what is going on in the UK and it has so many stories to read. I can take it into school and read it in my free reading lessons.”

First News

Ben – “It’s really good because it has a really good animal section. London zoo has over 750 different species which I didn’t know. I like the sports because I love tennis and football. Any bits I don’t understand I can ask mummy to read with me.”

My thoughts

The articles are just the right length to keep the children’s attention. They are relevant and discuss topics in an age appropriate manner. I sat with William when he was reading it and he was showing me a piece about the new currency that is going to be introduced this year. There was also a page about the war in Syria, 9 year old Judy was sharing what it is like to live in a war zone. This could be a heavy subject for a 9 year old but it was written in a way that it was easy for a child to understand and it’s important they know what is happening in Syria.

Compared to other children’s news weekly magazines that we have tried I think that First News has got it right with the language and tone of voice. It is very engaging for children without being scary or overwhelming.

I think that the 7-14 age range is about right however with the younger children parents are going to need to support the children to read the paper. I’ve found it’s really nice to sit down and read sections with Ben, I’ve even learned quite a lot myself. It’s been nice to discuss new topics with the boys and I’ve found that some of the subjects they’ve heard about in school from NewsRound.

Subscription offer

First News are giving readers a trial offer of 5 issues for £1  (on direct debit) by clicking here. 

After the 5 issues it continues as a price of £15.99 every 3 months.  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.

For more information about First News click here.

**Disclaimer we have been sent First News for free in return for an open and honest review of the paper.




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  • Reply Louise

    First News sounds fab! My daughter is 13 and very often flicks through her dads newspaper at night, but I worry that there may be inappropriate things in there that I wouldn’t usually let her see. I may have to subscribe to this so she can still follow the news, but in a way that she’s not going to be reading stuff that I don’t want her seeing yet. Fab review 🙂

    Louise x
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    January 22, 2017 at 1:46 am
  • Reply William Graham

    These news papers are amazing I love reading them,they inspire me a lot as well.

    January 21, 2017 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply ChelseaMamma

    This looks fabulous, Isaac would love it as he is fascinated about what is going on in the world around us
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    January 19, 2017 at 7:15 pm
  • Reply Baby Isabella

    Sounds like a great subscription. Anything to encourage kids off their mobiles and reading print is great! Looks pretty cool too. I’ll have to sign up when I’m older!
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    January 18, 2017 at 7:48 pm
  • Reply Five Little Doves

    What a fab idea! I think it’s important for children to learn about the news but in a way that is appropriate for their age, this sounds perfect!
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    January 18, 2017 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Zena's Suitcase

    I love your review of this. It is important for children to understand about the world around them and having a newspaper that does this in a age appropriate way is a great idea
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    January 18, 2017 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply clairejustine

    What a great idea. I never knew there was a paper for the kids.
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    January 18, 2017 at 9:47 am
  • Reply Anosa

    What a really lovely children’s newspaper I am really loving it and glad your boys enjoyed and understood it which is very important.
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    January 18, 2017 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Natalia

    wow! I didn’t know there were newspapers for children, what a lovely idea! I would also encourage my children to read the news, it’s such a good practice x

    January 18, 2017 at 7:43 am
  • Reply Kerry Norris

    This is such a clever idea. It’s a bit too old for my girls but I think my little cousin would love it x
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    January 17, 2017 at 6:15 pm
  • Reply Jo

    This is great! I never even knew such papers existed for children. I think it’s good for children to keep up with what’s going on in the world, but it in way that makes sense to them.

    January 17, 2017 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply Pinkoddy

    I never even knew you could get news subscriptions for children – what a great way to get them more interested in the world around them. All 3 of my boys still at home would fit into that age category so I am going to see if they would like to share a subscription. Thank you.
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    January 17, 2017 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply motherhoodtherealdeal

    What a fab idea for children. I remember having something similar to this when I was little and loved receiving it every week.
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    January 17, 2017 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Lyndsey O'Halloran

    This looks really good for children. Wish I had something as a child

    January 16, 2017 at 10:49 pm
  • Reply beth sachs

    I’ve just read about this paper on another blog and think it would be ideal for my 9 year old.

    January 16, 2017 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Deborah Nicholas

    This is such a great idea for kids especially since normal newspapers are filled with so much rubbish these days!
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    January 16, 2017 at 6:49 pm
  • Reply Rhian Westbury

    I think this is such a great idea as it means kids have the chance to learn whats going on in the world without being bombarded x
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    January 16, 2017 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply Annastasia

    It’s a really great idea to have a newspaper for the kids. It’s something to think about for the future as my little one is only 1.5years.

    January 16, 2017 at 1:31 pm
  • Reply Ana De-Jesus

    First news is a fantastic premise and its great that they can learn about the world around them in an age appropriate format. That is something I strongly advocate .

    January 16, 2017 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Karen

    We’ve been very impressed with First News too, my daughter loves it and I feel it’s a safe way for her to be exposed to current affairs and news without worrying about what’s in the them! Great review!

    January 16, 2017 at 9:45 am
  • Reply Tracy Morgan

    I think news specifically geared towards kids is such a great idea. Sometimes parents think they are protecting their kids by not sharing what is happening in the world, but they really need to know, only in a child-appropriate way!

    January 16, 2017 at 8:32 am
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