Parents' Guide to

Read to Know Family

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Concise, kid-friendly news coverage -- but it isn't free.

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This news-based site offers a weekly dose of trending topics that should appeal to everyone, from celebrities who recently passed away to Supreme Court changes. The articles on Read to Know Family, while brief, do a good job of explaining each subject; in addition to more hard-hitting current events items, kids will also see a few just-for-fun pieces mixed in, which helps keep the site from feeling too serious.

Reading about recent events can provide a number of benefits. Kids get a better understanding of the world around them, as well as how power structures and countries are connected; they may also discover some new terms in articles. The site developers have made an effort to include quizzes and thought-provoking questions, which can help kids feel involved in the learning process, and a few printable activities and other resources are also available to enhance comprehension. Unfortunately, the site design isn't quite as strong as it could be; the layout would benefit from more images and a more updated style. Also, because news sites are, by nature, somewhat word-intensive, the mix of different fonts and font sizes can look a little messy, which can make knowing what to look at first on some pages unclear. That said, the content is well-written and informative, which really is more important. Even without any design changes, kids should have a positive experience using Read to Know Family.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading : discussion, forming arguments, reading, reading comprehension
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid (Parents pay $35 for 48 weekly issues. Kids can also sign up to receive a free three-week trial.)
  • Last updated: March 8, 2019

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