- A JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION
- 2018 NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH – NOTABLE CHILDREN’S BOOK IN LANGUAGE ARTS
- Translated into Korean
LINKS TO LESSON PLANS – 2018 ELECTION AND THE FAKE NEWS PROBLEM
- Fake News Library Guide
- Historical Photos of the Nantucket Sea Monster
- C-Span Classroom Guides
- News Literacy Project
Do you believe everything you read in the newspaper?
Fake News for Kids: Non-Political Story to Discuss with Kids
Early in August 1937, a news flash came: a sea monster had been spotted lurking off the shore of Nantucket Island. Historically, the Massachusetts island had served as port for whaling ships. Eyewitnesses swore this wasn’t a whale, but some new, fearsome creature. As eyewitness account piled up, newspaper stories of the sea monster spread quickly. Across the nation, people shivered in fear.
Then, footprints were found on a Nantucket beach. Photographs were sent to prominent biologists for their opinion. Discussion swirled about raising a hunting party.
On August 18, news spread across the island: the sea monster had been captured. Islanders ran to the beach and couldn’t believe their eyes.
This nonfiction picture book about fake news for kids is a perfect tool to discuss non-political fake news stories.
Back matter discusses the freedom of the press guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Quotes from Thomas Jefferson make it clear that fake news has always been one of the costs of a free press. A Timeline lists actual events in the order they occurred. A vocabulary list defines relevant words.
Interview with Author Darcy Pattison
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(hi-res & web-ready covers & author photo)
- See the Historical Photos: Images of the sea monster event