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Prime Minister's Spelling Bee 2021 national winners Evan Luc Tran (year 7-8), Theekshitha Karthik (year 5-6) and Arielle Wong (year 3-4).

Champs share top tips for blitzing the Bee

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The reigning national champs have some advice for kids preparing to take on this year’s Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee as the school round of competition kicks off

KIDS NEWS exclusive: Bestselling author David Walliams pictured centre with Kids News cub reporters Atticus Jenkins,7, and Iris Le Vay,  11, at the Shakespeare Room, State Library of NSW, Wednesday 20 July 2022. Picture: Ankit Mishra

David Walliams visits Kids News

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Beloved children’s author David Walliams chats exclusively to Kids News cub reporters, answering big questions on character inspo and writing mega-selling books WATCH THE VIDEO

Mark Knight cartoon on death of Olivia Newton John for Kids News.

Famous movie scene captures ‘essence’ of Olivia

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Cartoonist Mark Knight has used a famous scene from the movie Grease to pay tribute to Australian icon Olivia Newton-John and capture the joy she brought generations

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Artefacts unearthed from old Melbourne slum

Melbourne's Pompeii - hidden city being unearthed in CBD.

A series of old Melbourne buildings have been unearthed below the CBD as developers build a new office tower in Bennetts Lane. The archaeological anomoly includes the remains of terrace houses, fireplaces and old staircases. Picture: Jason Edwards
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A buried Melbourne has resurfaced in the CBD with the discovery of excavated artefacts, drawing comparisons with the ancient city of Pompeii as a wonderfully intact portrait of our human past

Farewell to voice of stolen generation

Mark Knight's Archie Roach cartoon for Kids News
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Cartoonist Mark Knight has paid tribute to Indigenous singer and songwriter Archie Roach who died as a First Nations Voice to Parliament moved a step closer

Language gap gendered to the letter

Girls vocab and spelling is better than boys. (for Kids News Spelling bee - network yarn). Port Melbourne Primary School students Jun Chea (9), Quincie Cracknell (8), Jacob Savva (9) and Ruby Miller (9). Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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Boys and girls write about different things and have distinct vocabularies, as an analysis of 150,000 writing samples builds a picture of why girls are better spellers than boys at all year levels

Party kicks off Comm Games in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Eddie Ockenden and Rachael Grinham, Flag Bearers of Team Australia lead their team out during the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Alexander Stadium on July 28, 2022 on the Birmingham, England. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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The Commonwealth Games are off and running after a party style opening ceremony bursting with light, colour, music and dancing

TikTok feeding kids junk diet challenges

Companies such as Pepsi and McDonalds are turning kids into unofficial brand ambassadors for unhealth foods by getting them to post clips of them eating and drinking products. Research from Deakin Uni suggests kids are following challenges by companies to post clips of them eating a burger or drinking soft drink with hashtags and special effects. O'BRIEN With examples.**8.30am embargo**
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Hashtag challenges have junior TikTok users becoming unwitting junk ambassadors, as experts say the world’s biggest fast-food names use the platform to bait kids into building their brands

No mistaking author’s support for Spelling Bee

Australia's favourite children's author Andy Griffiths is throwing his support behind the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee, the free online competition for students in Years 3-8, run by Kids News in conjunction with the Federal Government. Andy searches the dictionaries for new and exciting words.                     Picture: David Caird
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Andy Griffiths is a pretty good speller, which is kind of important for an author but also just about any path you take in life. And he says making mistakes is all part of the journey

Back to the future for masked up school kids

Mark Knight cartoon on facemasks in schools - for Kids News
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Cartoonist Mark Knight has borrowed a time travelling DeLorean car to illustrate Victoria’s return to face masks in schools

Bush and beach beat traditional kinder classes

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Bush Kindergarten owner Natalie Cross runs the weekly outdoor program. Deakin University researchers found pre-school aged kids who played outdoors with sticks, trees and sand were more likely to perform better in those areas once they started school.  Natalie with Frankie, 3 , Loa, 5, and Evie, 5. Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Preschool students who can dump gendered toys and play outside in the bush or at the beach are more likely to perform better in maths, science and technology subjects once they start big school

Ash Barty talks to Kids News about her new books

Ash Barty is interviewed by Kids News junior reporter Leonel Molina about her Little Ash children's book series. Picture: HarperCollins
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Retired tennis star Ash Barty has swapped her racquet for a pen to write her Little Ash children’s book series. She speaks exclusively to Kids News. WATCH THE VIDEO

How to be an at-home artist like Picasso

Visitors enjoying Making Art: Imagine Everything is Real on display from 10 June to 9 October at NGV International, Melbourne. Picture: Tim Carrafa
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You don’t need an art studio to be a great artist. Find out how to turn everyday materials into works of art from your kitchen table. You can also download some special collage patterns to get started

Census reveals changing shape of Australia

Waving Australia flag in the air.
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The 2021 Census data reveals a nation of 25.5 million people of diverse backgrounds, speaking a number of languages, practising different religious faiths and living in a mix of dwellings

Extra-curricular kids happier and healthier

A multi-ethnic group of high school age girls are taking aerobic dance fitness class at the gym.
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Children who play sport, learn an instrument or even just muck around with friends after school are more likely to feel happier and healthier than kids who are parked in front of a screen

Last days to enter Short Story Competition

KIDS NEWS 2022 Short Story Competition: SMARTdaily - Freja Lee, 9, grandma Patricia Lee and brother Oskar Lee, 11. Picture: supplied
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There’s still two days to enter the Kids News 2022 Short Story Competition – prime time to forage through your family’s stories and give your favourite a fictional makeover before entries close

Find the Short Story Comp entry form here

Funny books rule for Aussie kids. The top 50 most popular kids's fiction books of the past decade have been revealed - and they are dominated by laugh-out-loud, cheeky reads. Grade four student Natalie Morgan (11) is a fan of funny books.Natalie writes her own story for the Kids News Short Story Competition. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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Don’t miss out on the Kids News Short Story Competition. Entries close on Friday, June 24. Find the online entry form and more info here

‘Little Picasso’ takes art world by storm

A painting by Andres Valencia, 10, who has been hailed as Little Picasso. Picture: Instagram @andresvalenciaart
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Parents cherish every artwork that makes it home, but if the exploding international interest in 10-year-old Californian Andres Valencia is any measure, not all classroom art is created equal

Cartoon celebrates wiggly World Cup win

mark Knight cartoon on Australia reaching the World Cup finals
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What chance did Peru have against goalie Andrew Redmayne and his wiggly mates in Australia’s World Cup qualifier, asks cartoonist Mark Knight

How social media can help your storytelling

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - The Telegraph,
June 9, 2022: 
11 Year old  Scarlett Bullock preparing for her Kids News Short Story Writing Competition  in Manly.
Picture:  Jeremy Piper
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Still looking for inspiration for the Kids News Short Story Competition? If you post or create drafts of anything in social media, chances are you are sitting on a treasure trove of top ideas

Wiggly jig helps Aussies to World Cup

DOHA, QATAR - JUNE 13: Australia celebrate after defeating Peru in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Playoff match between Australia Socceroos and Peru at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on June 13, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Joe Allison/Getty Images)
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The Socceroos have qualified for the World Cup in a sudden-death shootout, won after goalie Andrew Redmayne’s rousing routine of what looked a lot like the Wiggles’ Hot Potato

Chores could boost kids’ brains

Happy little girl doing housework
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It might sound like a tall tale cooked up by parents keen to escape the kitchen, but a new study suggests kids could get a brain boost by making family meals and helping out more with housework

Have you read these Aussie kids’ favourites?

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TV personality, comedian and author David Walliams visits Erskineville Public School to launch his new book. L to R, Kindy students with David - Olive Corben, Charlie Stewart, David Walliams, Aja Shooter and Maddox Topping. Pic, Sam Ruttyn
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Australian kids love funny, naughty and cheeky books. Is your favourite on the list of top 50 most popular children’s books of the past decade?

Young Ivy rollerskates to ‘mini’ World Cup win

Ivy Kerkemeyes, 9, from Adelaide, won the "mini" division of the Artistic World Roller Skating Cup in Italy, defeating 26 other girls with her score of 44.33 out of 50.
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The ‘mini’ division of the Artistic Skating World Cup in Italy delivered a major victory for an Adelaide roller girl, who first laced up and skated onto a local rink at the tender age of two

Australians love ‘true blue’ homemade TV

Still from animated children's TV show BLUEY
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There’s laughter, tears, the relaxed local lingo, a familiar family and a relatable, authentic Australian vibe – no wonder a new study has found we want more Bluey-style TV

Eurovision has a new winner

Mark Knight cartoon on Ukraine's Eurovision win. For Kids News
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First Ukraine took out Eurovision, now its leader Volodymyr Zelensky is the winner in cartoonist Mark Knight’s political version of the famous song contest

TikTok teaching set to trump tired English tasks

12/5/22. TikTok, memes, blogs, podcasts and Instagram posts are set to take their place on the national English school curriculum, displacing Òstale, old-fashionedÓ writing taskd - teens Macy Adamson, 14, and Inara Lang, 15 using social media on there phones and some of them recording a tiktok  Picture: Keryn Stevens
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TikTok, memes, blogs, podcasts and Instagram posts might shake up the curriculum and revamp old-fashioned English tasks as digital writing looks set to join the classics in the classroom

Marilyn Monroe pop art makes a motza

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 29, 2022 a woman takes a photo of Andy Warhol's 'Shot Sage Blue Marilyn' during Christie's 20th and 21st Century Art press preview at Christie's New York in New York City. - An iconic portrait of Marilyn Monroe by American pop art visionary Andy Warhol went under the hammer for a record $195 million on May 9, 2022 at Christie's, becoming the most expensive 20th century artwork ever sold at public auction. "Shot Sage Blue Marilyn," produced in 1964 two years after the death of the glamourous Hollywood star, sold for exactly $195.04 million, including fees, in just four minutes in a crowded room at Christie's headquarters in Manhattan. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)
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Screen star Marilyn Monroe’s lasting allure was the perfect match for Andy Warhol’s pop art style, with one famous portrait now the most expensive 20th century work ever sold at public auction

Ms Pac-Man enters Hall of Fame

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22:  Pac-Man and Ms Pac-Man cosplayers attend Comic-Con International on July 22, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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An early trailblazer in the gender debate, Ms Pac-Man has chomped her way into history after popularising female video characters and proving girl gamers were ready to play

Irwin family blazes digital art trail

The Irwins - Wildlife Warriors Picture: Australia Zoo
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No wilderness frontier is a match for the intrepid Irwin family and the new crypto universe is no exception, with the Australia Zoo wildlife conservationists launching a new digital art project

Giant jungle bridge made of glass

TOPSHOT - A young visitor makes his way across the Bach Long glass bridge in Moc Chau district in Vietnam's Son La province on April 29, 2022. - Vietnam launched a new attraction for tourists -- with a head for heights -- on April 29 with the opening of a glass-bottomed bridge suspended some 150 metres above a lush, jungle-clad gorge. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)
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A huge glass-bottomed bridge is set to bring international visitors to Vietnam after Covid, with Guinness World Records expected to confirm that the ‘white dragon’ is the biggest bridge of its kind

Inside tragic final months of King Tut’s life

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs will be showing at the Melbourne Museum in 2011. King Tut.
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Archaeologists don’t know for sure what killed Egypt’s “Boy King” Tutankhamun but a new documentary reveals his final months were probably pretty miserable

How to have a native animal Easter

360Commercial: Coles - Towards a Better Future. Aussie Ark has teamed up with Coles with a free e-book. Coles is matching each free download with $1 to support koala conservation and recovery.  Aussie Ark president Tim Faulkner is pictured with Coles' Sam McLeod. and a furry friend. Picture: supplied.
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Australia’s beloved koala is now officially an endangered species – but families can help conservation efforts simply by downloading a free children’s book over Easter

Ibis ‘bin chicken’ to the big time?

Brisbane Ibis
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Worshipped by Ancient Egyptians, the ibis has been down on its luck since arriving in Australia – but all that might change after calls to make the nation’s ‘bin chicken’ an Olympic Games mascot

Fortnite profit to fund Ukraine aid

This illustration picture shows a person logging into Epic Games' Fortnite on their smartphone in Los Angeles on August 14, 2020. - Apple and Google on August 13, 2020 pulled video game sensation Fortnite from their mobile app shops after its maker Epic Games released an update that dodges revenue sharing with the tech giants. (Photo by Chris DELMAS / AFP)
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Epic Games to donate two weeks of proceeds from the game Fortnite to support Ukrainian relief efforts in response to the Russian invasion

Sydney Harbour Bridge turns 90

New Years Eve 2020 midnight fireworks display over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge to usher in 2021. Picture: Toby Zerna
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The iconic and beloved Sydney Harbour Bridge turns 90 on Saturday, March 19, and the NSW capital plans to party like it’s 1932

Ever wanted to peek inside a lion’s mouth?

CATERS NEWS (PICTURED a camrea in the lioness mouth) This is the amazing moment a curious lioness picked up a camera and carried it around in her jaws. Frank De Beer captured the stunning video in the Balule Nature Reserve, South Africa, on February 7, 2022. Frank left a GoPro camera lying on a dirt path and a female lion got closer to inspect the object. Incredibly, the lion picked up the camera and carried it around in her jaws. SEE CATERS COPY
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A lioness has given wildlife fans an amazing close-up after chomping on a GoPro camera. WATCH THE VIDEO

Ukulele a dangerous weapon in PM’s hands

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 14th of February  2022 herald Sun Newspaper
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Who’d have thought a ukulele could be such a dangerous weapon? Cartoonist Mark Knight says not even the Prime Minister’s security team could protect him from the damage

Musos join push for Indigenous lessons

Australia Day Live Isaiah Firebrace
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Singer Isaiah Firebrace’s petition for Indigenous languages and cultural lessons in schools is gaining momentum and could lead to changes in the teaching of First Nations history

Check in at Bluey’s? Whackadoo!

EMBARGO FEB 8 2022: The iconic Heeler Family home from Australia’s very own mega-hit and award-winning kid's show, Bluey,  is being listed on Airbnb in Brisbane, Queensland. Picture:  Hannah Puechmarin
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Life has imitated art – with a bark – with the Heeler house from hit TV show Bluey being recreated as a weekend getaway ‘for real life’

Aboriginal flag ‘freed’

Melanie La Frentz, Alyssa La Frenz and Jamarley Edey from Wynnum with Aboriginal Flag, Monday, January 21, 2022 - Picture: Richard Walker
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The Australian Aboriginal flag has been made free for public use after the federal government finally settled a complicated copyright battle

Cartoon Contest winners unveiled

Zoe Neal's Covid-19 cartoon won the Kids New Cartoon Contest in the Year 7-8 age group.
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The absurd side of pandemic life and a rugby obsessed penguin have inspired the winning entries in the inaugural Kids News Cartoon Contest. Check out the winning cartoons here

Bird sounds set for ARIA success

The golden bowerbird  in the Wet Tropics may be under threat as the climate changes. Peter Valentine photo
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Endangered Australian birds could knock pop songbirds from their perch, with an album of birdsong in the running to debut in the ARIA Top 10

Time to have some fun with Gangsta Granny

Gangsta Granny Strikes Again! by David Walliams
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Download four great activity sheets to celebrate the end of the school year and the release of international best-selling author David Walliams’ new book, Gangsta Granny Strikes Again!

Get a sneak peek of Matt Stanton’s new book

The Odds: Run, Odds, Run by Matt Stanton is Kids News book club book of the month for December.
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One of Kids News’ favourite authors, Matt Stanton, is back to round out our year with his latest graphic novel, The Odds: Run, Odds, Run. Start reading it here

Short Story Comp 2021 winners revealed

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 30 2021: 
Sadie Quinn winner of the Years 5-6 category of the short story competition in Sydney. Picture: Newscorp - Daily Telegraph / Gaye Gerard
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Our Short Story Competition has unearthed some amazing new writing talent and given a past champ another chance to shine. Find out who the winners are and read their stories here

Acting legend at one with the land

Mark Knight cartoon for Kids News.
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Cartoonist Mark Knight has paid tribute to Indigenous acting legend David Gulpilil Dalaithngu whose death was announced this week

Kids News Cartoon Contest is now closed

Kids News Cartoon Contest artwork by Mark Knight.
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Well done to all the budding cartoonists who sent in cartoons. The judges are checking them out now

Great white an underwater warhorse

ONE TIME WEB USE ONLY - FEES APPLY - CONTACT info@seadragonfilms.com.au FOR ANY OTHER USE***, Underwater cinematographer Dean Spraakman captured footage of a battered looking shark off the coast of the Neptune Islands in South Australia. Picture: Sea Dragon Films
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Stunning images of a heavily scarred great white shark suggest a battlefield lies beneath the surface of the ocean

Should have called in an expert

Mark Knight cartoon for tuesday 23rd of November 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper
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Cartoonist Mark Knight reckons a teenage fangirl would have been the perfect option to pull off Channel 7’s botched interview with singing megastar Adele

Enter the Kids News Cartoon Contest

Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight at his home studio following a the viral and negative reaction to his cartoon which depicted Serena Williams' loss to Naomi Osaka during the U.S. Open. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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Sharpen your pencils, we want budding cartoonists to create a cartoon about a news event that matters to them. Get tips from some of Australia’s best cartoonists and find the Kids News Cartoon Contest entry form here

Big Bird ruffles feathers after Covid shot

Sesame Street brings its Kindness stage show to Adelaide this
weekend, Nov 25 and 26.
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Not even Sesame Street’s fictional feathered friends are safe on social media, as Big Bird’s Covid jab sets off US Senator Ted Cruz

VIPs leave their mark on climate summit

Mark Knight cartoon on the end of climate summit
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The irony of world leaders and other VIPs arriving at a climate change conference in carbon-emitting jets is highlighted in Mark Knight’s latest cartoon for Kids News

Child soldier’s tale is our book of the month

Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief by Katrina Nannestad. For Kids News
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Imagine finding yourself alone in a war at the age of six. Author Katrina Nannestad transports us to Russia in 1942 and into the life of Sasha. Start reading Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief here

Tips for a Covid-safe Halloween

Kids trick or treat in Halloween costume and face mask. Children in dress up with candy bucket in coronavirus pandemic. Little boy and girl trick or treating with pumpkin lantern. Autumn holiday fun.
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Halloween fun might look a bit different this year. Take a look at our tips for safe trick-or-treating and find out where this spooky tradition came from

Fifth grader wins global photo prize

Vidyun R Hebbar, 10, from India, was named the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 by Britain's Natural History Museum. For Kids News
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A 10-year-old boy from India has won a prestigious wildlife photography award. See his winning photo and other shots from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

Greta comes to the rescue again

Mark Knight cartoon on Scott Morrison and climate change summit. For Kids News
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Young people are not only coming to the rescue of our climate but also our prime minister in the latest cartoon from Mark Knight

Teen dancing queen joins The Wiggles

Embargoed for The Daily Telegraph. Tsehay Hawkins has been named as the new member of The Wiggles, to replace Emma Watkins, Yellow Wiggle who is departing the group.
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Year 10 student Tsehay Hawkins isn’t much older than the kids she will entertain after being named the new Yellow Wiggle

Lego to build blocks without bias

Child playing with colorful toys. Little girl and funny curly baby boy with educational toy blocks. Children play at day care or preschool. Mess in kids room. Toddlers build a tower in kindergarten. Picture: iStock
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Lego has pledged to remove gender bias from its product range after an international study finds stereotypes persist

Film crew to make first movie in space

This handout photo taken and released on October 5, 2021 by Russian Space Agency Roscosmos shows Russian crew members, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (C), actress Yulia Peresild (L) and film director Klim Shipenko, shaking hands as their spacesuits are tested prior to the launch onboard the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome. - A Russian actress and director arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on October 5, 2021 to begin a 12-day mission to make the first movie in orbit. The Russian crew is set to beat a Hollywood project that was announced last year by "Mission Impossible" star Tom Cruise together with NASA and Elon Musk's SpaceX. (Photo by Andrey SHELEPIN / Russian Space Agency Roscosmos / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/ RUSSIAN SPACE AGENCY ROSCOSMOS" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Russian movie star Yulia Peresild has beaten Hollywood heavyweight Tom Cruise into orbit, safely docking at the International Space Station to star in the first film shot in space

Singing sisters set world record

21/09-2021 Brisbane sisters Teresa and Augnes Joy sing the national anthems of all the countries in the United Nations at St John's Cathedral. PICTURE: Brad Fleet
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A Queensland sister act has set a new world record for singing, after learning nearly 200 national anthems by heart

Kid poets published in bushfire book

Lincoln Alderman, of Coolagolite near Cobargo in NSW, won the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition in the primary school category. His poem,  Sunrise on a Hill, will be part of a book commemorating the Black Summer bushfires.
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The winners of the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition have had their poems included in the book Fighting Spirit: A tribute to the bushfire-affected communities of Australia’s Black Summer

The amazing kids setting world records

Guinness World Records 2022 - Zaila Avant-garde - Most bounce juggles in on minute, most bounces in 30 seconds and most basketballs dribbled at once
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From the youngest magazine editor to a basketball and spelling prodigy, the Guinness World Records 2022 edition showcases some of the globe’s most amazing young people

Racism pain inspires song about Eddie Betts

NO INTERNET - EMBARGOED UNTIL SATURDAY - Adelaide Crows Eddie Betts wearing this year's Indigenous Jumper. Photo Sarah Reed
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One of Australia’s most respected singers and songwriters has turned AFL legend Eddie Betts’ fight against racism into an emotional song

Perth Grand Final has a blockbuster feel

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 13th of September 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper .
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The AFL’s biggest game of the year has plenty in common with a movie blockbuster, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Last chance to enter Short Story Competition

KIDS NEWS Alyssa Reed, 8, was one of last year's winners of the Kids News Short Story Competition. The SA year 3 student from Loreto College Marryatville is hoping for another win in 2021. Picture: supplied.
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There is still time to enter your best effort in the annual Kids News Short Story Competition - and if you’re stuck for ideas, one of last year’s winners suggests a new dog and old tricks

What stories really matter to you?

Parents can help their child with reading and to develop their literacy skills. For Kids News and Hibernation
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Grab your favourite book for Australian Reading Hour as children’s authors invite kids to consider their own stories of family and belonging during Australia Reads this week

Covid vaccine race is finally on

Mark Knight cartoon - Race to get Australia vaccinated for Herald Sun 6th Sept 2021
health

Beating Covid-19 is a bit like a drag car race between the vaccine and the Delta variant, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Why Aussie kids love audio books

SMART Kids News Short Story Competition: audiobooks can rescue reluctant readers. Jeremy Cole's daughter Naava, 10, loves writing stories and says listening to audiobooks makes her feel calm and gives her ideas. Picture: supplied.
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Children’s audio books are gaining in popularity in Australia, rescuing some reluctant readers and even creating a few budding young authors along the way

Funny wildlife shots are something to smile about

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 finalists. For Kids News. Must credit individual photographers and the awards.
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Don’t worry, be happy! That’s the message from this little guy, one of the finalists in this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. What’s your favourite shot?

Lockdown dives produce winning nature snap

MUST CREDIT SOUTH AUSTRALIA MUSEUM AND PHOTOGRAPHER

OVERALL WINNER - Scott Portelli
Leafy Seadragons hide in the thick kelp to camouflage themselves to avoid predators. The vibrant flamboyant adults blend perfectly with their surroundings. At night the backlighting on a Leafy seadragon accentuates their features and the delicate bodies that appear translucent.
Judges comments: A unique and striking image. The backlighting has transformed the seadragon from a tiny sea creature into the illusion of a mythical beast. Beautifully framed, the dragon emerges from the darkness, glowing with a sense of fire within.
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The 2021 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Scott Portelli formed a bond with this leafy seadragon after being stuck in South Australia during lockdown. Check out some of the competition’s top nature snaps

Travelling in style all the way to Perth

Mark Knight cartoon - AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan heads west for the Grand Final in the famous batmobile.
sport

If the 2021 Grand Final must go to Perth, the AFL boss and cup might as well travel in style in the famous “batmobile” from 1991, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Author’s golden rules of story planning

How to plan a great story. Author Katrina Nannestad's advice on what to do if you get stuck for an idea. For Kids News short story competition
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Planning only adds to the fun and creativity of writing, according to Australian author Katrina Nannestad. Follow her five steps to planning a brilliant story for the Kids News Short Story Comp

Good news in NAPLAN results

Naplan results show vic kids doing best in the country. Family with three kids in primary school, two did naplan. L-R Jude 6, Jasmine 13 and Elijah 10 are very happy with Victorias results at their home in Blackburn North.  Picture Rebecca Michael.
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Australian primary school students should pat themselves on the back, as 2021 NAPLAN results suggest pandemic disruptions have not hampered performance

Famous authors urge kids to get writing

Grade 4 student Olivia Green, 9yo, pictured in Eureka Stockade Gardens, Ballarat East is preparing to enter the Kids News Short Story Competition again this year after scoring a Highly Commended for her story, Covid Cooking, last year. Picture: Jason Edwards
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Thinking of entering our Short Story Competition like student Olivia Green? Check out these words of wisdom from one of the world’s great storytellers and some of our leading local authors

Why making up stories is good for you

Archie Isaac, 11, with his mum Jenny Atkinson, at home in Manly Vale, today.
(Story about how kids should use old fashioned pen and paper to do writing as it helps develop their skills and boosts their creativity).

Picture: Justin Lloyd.
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Letting your imagination run wild is one of the best things about being a kid – and a great way to start your entry for the 2021 Kids News Short Story Competition

The Big Pineapple’s Brisbane Olympics bid

Sunshine Coast local and Olympic Champion Clint Robinson at the Big Pineapple. Picture Lachie Millard
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Some Olympic mascots have completely missed the mark – but the Big Pineapple’s birthday bid to become the Brisbane 2032 mascot is a green and gold Queensland dream

Six secrets of a winning short story

Amaeh Reed, 13yrs, Brisbane school girl, has won the Kids News short story competition two years in a row, on Thursday 12th August 2021 - Photo Steve Pohlner
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The Kids News Short Story Competition is back for 2021! Check out reigning champ Amaeh Reed’s top writing tips and get your story in with our online entry form

Meet Australia’s youngest First Nations filmmaker

KIDS NEWS: Penelope Towney is a seven-year-old Wiradjuri girl who has made her first short film to celebrate First Nations culture. Picture: Katelyn Slyer.
humanities

Wiradjuri girl Penelope Towney is just seven-years-old, but the Year 2 student from the Illawarra region of NSW has already made a short film celebrating her family’s country and culture

Coach Dean Boxall deserves a gold too

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 27th of July 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper .
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Ariarne Titmus wasn’t the only one to put in a gold medal performance in the 400m freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Super Mario game goes for $1.56 million US

Super Mario 64 Nintendo computer game character.
/Computer/games
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A mint condition copy of Super Mario 64 has sold for a super price, with a mystery bidder breaking the previous record to claim the game at a US auction

Daniher gives the MND beast a shove

Mark Knight cartoon on Big Freeze 7
health

Though we are in a pandemic, the annual Big Freeze event reminds Mark Knight that there are other medical battles being fought that also deserve our attention

Perfect pairing of pandemic symptoms

Mark Knight's cartoon, vaccine and toilet paper
humanities

We’ve been well informed about the effects of the coronavirus on people, but Mark Knight observes two other symptoms appearing together during the latest Victorian lockdown

Matt Stanton’s guide to pranking

Mischievous young boy scaring his little sister on Halloween with a rubber spider
just for fun

Creating a great prank is just like creating a great story, according to Funny Kid author Matt Stanton. Here are his tips on how to do it

How to make a pen pal with purpose

KIDS NEWS The Sunshine Initiative, b kinder day, Fly High Billie. Keith Petersen, Principal Junior School with Arndell Anglican College students who sent cards from Australia to Woodville Primary in the UK to cheer up the students there after a tough time through Covid-19. Picture: supplied.
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Children’s charity Fly High Billie invites Aussie kids to write to students in Covid hotspots abroad this B Kinder Day on June 22

Would you wash with snail slime soap?

French artisan Damien Desrocher is making soap from snail slime. For Kids News. Image: Reuters
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One French artisan believes snail slime has anti-ageing properties that make it perfect for his boutique beauty soap

Aussie invention coins reveal national love of chocolate

KIDS NEWS: Australia Post's Great Aussie Coin Hunt. Lucy and Archie, both 7, pictured with a giant M for MILO. Picture: Australia Post/David Swift.
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Some of Australia’s best chocolate creations are being celebrated on new $1 coins – along with other great Aussie inventions

Funny photos have judges howling like hyenas

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 Giovanni Querzani Bologna Italy Phone: Email: Title: ROFL Description: A young lion in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, who apparently is laughing at my photography skills. Animal: Panthera Leo Location of shot: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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Surfing penguins, a frowning bird, a pouting boxfish and a laughing lion have had the judges of The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 laughing a lot

Clever ads no cure for vaccine complacency

Mark Knight's covid vaccine cartoon
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Mark Knight was wondering what it would take to encourage a reluctant public to front up for Covid-19 vaccinations when the answer presented itself in the form of another outbreak

The Aussie landmark coins to flip over

NEWS360 - Australia Post  partnership. Great Aussie Coin Hunt: Opera House.
EMBARGOED until launch  story Monday 10 May.  
Hugo, seven, pictured in front of Sydney Opera House. Picture: Australia Post/David Swift.
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Australia Post’s new collectable coins feature some of Australia’s best loved landmarks. Find out which ones made the Great Aussie Coin Hunt along with some cool facts about the icons

PM resolute on keeping the drawbridge up

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 18th of may 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper.
civics

When it comes to international travel, it doesn’t look like our Prime Minister is ready to open up Fortress Australia anytime soon, which gives Mark Knight lots of fun metaphors to draw

Australia’s Olympic Games uniforms unveiled

DAILY TELEGRAPH - Pictured are Olympic Athletes (L-R) Gronya Somerville, Lachlan Tame, Keesja Gofers, Jess Fox, George Ford, Bendere Oboya, Tarni Stepto, Dan Watkins and Safwan Khalil, unveiling the Sportscraft Tokyo Olympic Games Uniforms at Wylies Baths in Coogee today. Picture: Tim Hunter.
sport

Australia’s Olympic Games uniforms for Tokyo show how clothes carry stories, memories and inspiration for our athletes

Aussie coins encourage conservation in kids

WEEKEND TELEGRAPHS SPECIAL. MUST TALK WITH PIC ED JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING - Pictured at home in Manly today is Iggy 10 and Atticus Jenkins 6, with Australia Posts Great Aussie Coin Hunt collectables. Picture: Tim Hunter.
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Zookeeper and bushfire survivor Chad Staples says showcasing native creatures in the Great Aussie Coin Hunt is “so important” for conservation awareness

Other story puts Federal budget in shade

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday  10th of May  2021 Herald Su Newspaper .
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The Federal budget is the biggest day of the year in the nation’s capital, yet the size of the pile of money Josh Frydenberg has to manage is dwarfed by the wealth of two other people in the news

The Great Aussie Coin Hunt is here

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA NewsWire 
Photos APRIL 28, 2021:  
Bronwyn Scott, Royal Australian Mint coin designer who designed the new A-Z of 'Aussie' $1 coins launching 9 May for Australia Post.
Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage
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The Great Aussie Coin Hunt is back at Australia Post, with the new A-Z of $1 collectable coins from the Royal Australian Mint full of fun and surprises

Helping Aussies leave the kitchen table

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 3rd of May 2021 Herald Sun Newspaper .
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Despite new childcare subsidies intended to make it cheaper for adults to go back to workplaces, Mark Knight wonders whether anyone actually wants to get out of trackpants and slippers

Why pranks can be good for you

Why pranking could be good for the soul (without going too far). Lifestyle and playful photos of Emily, her husband and their two kids in the yard with pranking props (rubber snakes/spiders). Colourful and casual clothing, eyes to camera shots for SMARTdaily cover photo.    Cassie, 10, and Jake, 8, in their room. Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Playing tricks can relieve stress and raise a smile – and kids who share their funniest prank could end up with a character named after them in the next Funny Kid book!

Kanye West’s sneakers sell for record $1.8 million

This handout photo courtesy of Sotheby’s shows the black high-top Yeezys worn by rapper Kanye West during the 2008 Grammy Awards. - A pair of Nike Air Yeezy 1s worn by rapper Kanye West sold for $1.8 million, triple the previous record for sneakers, Sotheby's said April 26, 2021, as the market for rare sports shoes soars. (Photo by Handout / SOTHEBY'S / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Courtesy Sotheby’s" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy sneakers have smashed the record sale price previously set by a pair of Air Jordans

Quick decision by ScoMo not a surprise to cartoonist

Mark Knight's cartoon on India flight ban
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Visual metaphors can help illustrate complex political situations. With air travel to India ceasing suddenly due to the coronavirus disaster there, Mark Knight needed an aviation metaphor

Bushfire Poetry Comp winners impress judge Jackie French

Lincoln Alderman, of Coolagolite near Cobargo in NSW, won the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition in the primary school category. His poem,  Sunrise on a Hill, will be part of a book commemorating the Black Summer bushfires. He is pictured with his dogs Banjo and Gus.
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Young writers have used the power of simple words and real experiences to win over renowned author and Kids News Poetry Competition judge Jackie French. See the winners and runners-up