Kid Reporter Update: Rebuilding in the Midwest, a book haven in South Korea, Aladdin and more

Royivia Ferguson  //  May 29, 2019

Kid Reporter Update: Rebuilding in the Midwest, a book haven in South Korea, Aladdin and more

This month, Kid Reporters in the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps checked in from across the country and around the world to share the news stories that were most important to kids in their communities.

These young journalists interviewed the stars of Aladdin and A Dog’s Journey, and spoke with the directors of the Knock Down the House and Kifaru documentaries. They also took deeper looks at how residents in the Midwest are rebuilding their communities with help from volunteers after recent flooding, and how teens in China are learning how to responsibly use cashless payment apps.

Check out their stories below.

Aladdin Returns to the Big Screen

Kid Reporter Annika Petras got a behind-the-scenes look at the live-action adaptation of the beloved classic.

A Voice for Autism Awareness

Kid Reporter Benjamin Woo spoke with autism advocate and best-selling author Kerry Magro who overcame his own struggles and doubts to become a champion for others.

Writing Her Way Into a More Just World

Walidah Imarisha talked with Kid Reporter Hana Meher Sadik about her life as a writer, poet, and teacher. 

Ancient Treasures of Peru

Kid Reporter Konrad Paul Schwarz learned about pre-Columbian artifacts at the Museo Larco in Lima. 

Helping Flood Victims in the Midwest

Kid Reporter Brandon Peterson spoke with residents in his home state of Iowa and neighboring Nebraska about rebuilding after catastrophic flooding in the Midwest.

A Quick Way to Pay

Is an app that allows people to make purchases without cash too much of a good thing? Kid Reporter Zoe Jen Chao in China finds out.

One-on-One With Stacey Abrams

The Democratic leader from Georgia talked with Kid Reporter Amelia Poor about her struggles and accomplishments—and her political plans for the future.

A Dog’s Journey Opens

Kid Reporter Annika Petras interviewed the stars and director of the heartwarming sequel to A Dog’s Purpose.

Creating a Better World Together

Kid Reporter Leo Sebastian Tobbe took a look at the WE Movement, which reminds students that what you are capable of is defined by you, and only you.

Don’t Mess With the Dummies

A trio of acrobats in Melbourne, Australia, provides lots of laughter while encouraging girls to be “funny, strong, flexible, and fierce,” writes Kid Reporter Helen Hong.

A New Home for Old Books

Kid Reporter John Woo visited a “treasure chest” of a bookstore in Seoul, South Korea, which has something for everyone.

Shooting for the Moon—Again

Gerry Griffin, a former NASA flight director for the Apollo program, spoke with Kid Reporter Teresa Fang about a possible return trip to the Moon.

Positively Terri Libenson

Kid Reporter Nolan Pastore interviewed the graphic novelist about Invisible EmmiePositively Izzy, and her latest title for middle graders, Just Jaime.

Knock Down the House

Kid Reporter Marley Alburez interviewed the director of a new documentary that profiles four ordinary women who decided to run for political office to call attention to the struggles of everyday Americans.

Protecting the Rhino

Kid Reporter Nikita A. Mohile took a look at a documentary that tells the story of young Kenyans who protect and care for the last male northern white rhino in the world.

The Rubik’s Cube Makes a Comeback

When the Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974, it became an instant sensation. Decades later, its popularity is again on the rise, writes Kid Reporter Andrew Raymundo.

A Paw-sitive Place

Kid Reporter Nikita A. Mohile visited the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Ontario, which cares for dogs, cats, and other pets that have been abused or neglected.