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Embargoed until Sunday Feb 7 for The Sunday Papers ONLY:  Kids with Dr Suess books for Sunday Herald Sun giveaway. Chloe Sherar (6).
Picture Jay Town.

‘Hurtful’ Dr Seuss books will no longer be printed

humanities

Six Dr Seuss books that ‘portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong’ will no longer be printed as part of a commitment to represent and support all communities and families

Chloe Covell skateboarding. Picture: supplied

Skater on track for a switch kickflip front board

sport

Eleven-year-old skater Chloe Covell is learning fast and will this weekend go up against some of the country’s top athletes at the Australian Skateboarding League National Championships

Mark Knight cartoon on funeral of Sir Tom Moore

No shortcuts for Sir Tom, a hero of the pandemic

humanities

While editorial cartoons are generally designed to give their readers a laugh (usually at a politician’s expense), it’s not always the case. Mark Knight pays tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore

Lateral and dorsal luminescent pattern of Dalatias licha. (A) Lateral daylight view and luminescent pattern highlighting the dorso-ventral luminous pattern. (B) Dorsal daylight view and luminescent pattern. Luminescence of the second dorsal fin is observable on this specimen (red arrowhead). Scale bar: 10 cm.

Three new glowing sharks light up twilight zone

animals

Three new species of bioluminescent sharks — including the largest known underwater glowing creature — have been found in deep, dark water off the coast of New Zealand


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Funny Kid series author and illustrator Matt Stanton with Prime Minister's Spelling Bee logo. For Kids News.

Author Matt Stanton’s top tips for spelling

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As a best-selling children’s author Matt Stanton is a pretty good speller. But there are still some words that stump him and some tricks he uses to tackle the difficult ones

Port Player Xavier Duursma and Lucy Burford, who was just seven years old when her guernsey design won a Port Adelaide Football Club competition and was adopted to be its home guernsey Alberton 12 years ago. Adelaide, Tuesday March 2, 2021. (The Advertiser/ Morgan Sette)

How Lucy’s drawing became big AFL news

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Lucy Burford was just seven when she restyled Port Adelaide’s AFL guernsey. Eleven years later she reflects on her achievement and the inspiration behind the design

Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard in the world.

Australia the first home of giant komodo dragons

animals

Indonesia’s komodo, the largest living lizard still on Earth, likely originated in Australia millions of years ago from a mix of parents, according to new research

Sunsmart twins Alex (pink top) and Georgie (black top, blue hat) Muir, 16. Worrying data shows presentations to Victorian hospital emergency departments for sunburn last summer were highest amongst teenagers (32% of all presentations). That is, of the total 177 presentations, almost one in three were aged 10-19yrs.  Picture: Mark Stewart

Teens getting sunburnt rather than sun smart

health

Last summer, teenagers accounted for one third of the 177 people brought to Victorian emergency departments for treatment for sunburn, prompting calls for more to be done to protect kids

TOPSHOT - A photo handout on February 27, 2021 by the archaeological park of Pompeii shows a detail of a large Roman four-wheeled ceremonial chariot after it was discovered near the The archaeological park of Pompeii. - The chariot was discovered in a porch in front of a stable where, already in 2018, the remains of 3 equids, including a harnessed horse, had been found. (Photo by Handout / POMPEI ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / POMPEII ARCHAELOGICAL PARK / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Archaeologists find ancient chariot near Pompeii

history

A 2000-year-old ceremonial carriage made of iron, bronze and tin has been unearthed from the outskirts of Pompeii, the city buried in the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD

Melbourne teen Anjali "Anj" Sharma, 16, is leading a class action lawsuit by eight Australian teens challenging the Federal Minister for the Environment, Susan Ley, to protect young people from climate change. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

Aussie teens fight Government over climate change

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Melbourne teen Anjali Sharma is leading a landmark Federal Court class action lawsuit by eight young Australians to stop projects like the proposed Vickery coal mine extension in NSW

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David and Candice Warner at home with their daughters Ivy, 6, and Indi, 5, who are taking part in the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee editorial initiative being run by Kids News.
Picture:Justin Lloyd.

Warners are good sports with spelling

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Sport isn’t the only thing going on in the Warner household. Reading, writing and spelling are right up there. Watch the family have some fun in one of our celebrity spelling bee videos

The largest and arguably most successful great ape conservation program in the world, Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS) “rehab and release” program has forged a major breakthrough in the fight to save the endangered orangutans of Borneo.

Orang-utans get helicopter ride back to the wild

animals

Five males, a mother with two babies and two other female critically endangered orang-utans have been released into the wild in the Indonesian part of Borneo island

This NASA video frame grab photo released on February 22, 2021 shows what NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance mission captured in footage of its rover landing in Mars' Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021, the real footage in this video was captured by several cameras that are part of the rover's entry, descent, and landing suite. The views include a camera looking down from the spacecraft's descent stage (a kind of rocket-powered jet pack that helps fly the rover to its landing site), a camera on the rover looking up at the descent stage, a camera on the top of the aeroshell (a capsule protecting the rover) looking up at that parachute, and a camera on the bottom of the rover looking down at the Martian surface. - The US space agency NASA on February 22, 2021 released the first video of the landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars. The video clip, lasting three minutes and 25 seconds, showed the deployment of the parachute and the rover's touchdown on the surface of the Red Planet. "These are really amazing videos," said Michael Watkins, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "This is the first time we've ever been able to capture an event like the landing on Mars." (Photo by Lizabeth MENZIES / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/JPL-Caltech/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Mars rover’s parachute carried secret message

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The huge parachute used by NASA’s Perseverance rover to land on Mars contained a secret message in binary code, thanks to a crossword lover on the spacecraft team having fun

Prime Minister Scott Morrison with sisters Charlotte Maher (blue dress), 9,  and Lily Maher, 7, with Tom Panozzo, 9, prepare for the Kids News Prime Minister's Spelling Bee. Picture: Adam Taylor

PM urges kids to sign up to Spelling Bee

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison knows spelling isn’t always easy — just watch him try to spell hippopotamus — but it can be lots of fun, especially with competitions like the Spelling Bee

Brisbane athletes Will Curran 14, Sophie Burger 15, Ned Curran 14 and Gretta Johnson 14 are all extremely excited about the prospect of the Olympics coming to their home city in 2032. Pics Adam Head

Olympics 2032: Dream is on for young and old

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Brisbane has been named preferred candidate by the International Olympic Committee to host the 2032 Olympic Games, great news for Australian Olympians of the past, present and future

Australians overwhelming believe spelling is important but they fear standards are slipping because of social media and text messaging. iStock image. For Kids News

Fears for spelling in the digital age

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Most adults think kids are getting worse at spelling thanks to text messaging and social media. How’s your spelling?

Mark Knight's V is for vaccine cartoon.

Jane’s V the sign of a little victory for science

news

The first COVID-19 vaccination to be given in Australia was big news and though the photo opportunity didn’t quite go to plan, a V for Vaccine could be taken to mean a V for Victory after all

CATANIA, ITALY FEBRUARY 21, 2021: Mount Etna erupts in Sicily sending plumes of ash and spewing lava into air - PHOTOGRAPH BY Marco Restivo / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Marco Restivo/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Mount Etna’s spectacular volcanic eruption

geography

Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, has awed even experienced volcanologists, pumping out spectacular displays of lava, ash and volcanic rocks for more than a week

New York artist Robin Frohardt in her Plastic Bag Store at Rundle
 Mall. Picture: Tony Lewis

Plastic Bag Store opens as plastics ban begins

environment

On March 1, South Australia will become the first state to ban single-use plastic, less than a week after the opening of a shop in Adelaide in which everything is made out of single-use plastic

This image provides a global "snapshot" of weather patterns across Mars. Here, bluish-white water ice clouds hang above the Tharsis volcanoes. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Make some noise Mars, we’re listening

space

A microphone on NASA’s Perseverance rover has recorded for the first time the sound of another planet. It’s hoped there will be more to hear from Mars soon as the rover gets to work

A two-metre-long painting of a kangaroo in Western Australia’s Kimberley region has been identified as Australia’s oldest intact rock painting. 

Traditional owner, Ian Waina, recording the 17,300 year old painting of a kangaroo. Peter Veth, Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation

Breakthrough in dating our oldest rock art

arts

Australia’s oldest painting has been identified as a kangaroo-like image created more than 17,000 years ago in the Kimberley region of WA, a big step forward in creating an accurate art timeline

Aldabra Giant Tortoise Training Melbourne Zoo

Animals lend a helping hand at the zoo

animals

Melbourne Zoo’s oldest residents have shown no one’s ever too old to learn. Elephant Mek Kapah and tortoises Wilbur, Little John and Jean are all involved in their own health checks

(L-R) Imogen (18) and brother Brady (11) say gaming has helped them stay in touch with friends during covid. Boys aged 11 who play video games are 24 per cent less likely to be depressed than non gamers three years later. More of a worry is the time girls spend on social media sites such as Snapchat and TikTok, because it can make them feel depressed. Picture: Josie Hayden

Video games may help boys bond, study finds

technology

Boys who aren’t active are not harmed by playing video games, a new study has found. More of a concern is the time girls spend on social media sites such as Snapchat and TikTok

The Coolangatta Tweed Heads Australian Football Club girls under 13Õs celebrate the clubs plans for a development worth just under $1 million at Exim Oval and has big plans for it's juniors and seniors.
Picture Scott Powick

Kids give gender stereotypes the boot

humanities

Respectful relationships lessons have changed the games boys and girls want to play and the jobs they want to do when they grow up

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission images showing recovery of the re-entry space capsule following its landing near Woomera, South Australia on December 6, 2020. The capsule carrying samples from a distant asteroid (Ryugu) was dropped off by Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2. Some images show the heat shield, which has detached from the capsule on release of the parachute. The capsule had a soft landing in a bush. JAXA expedition’s photographer Anthony Gordon. Picture: Anthony Gordon for JAXA

Space capsule reveals its treasures in Aussie outback

space

Australia is set to play a bigger part in international space missions as scientists reveal the treasures collected from a Japanese capsule that returned to Earth near Woomera

This NASA handout illustration obtained February 16, 2021 shows NASA’s Perseverance rover landing safely on Mars. - After a seven-month journey, NASA's Perseverance rover prepares to touch down on Mars on TFebruary 18, 2021 after first negotiating a risky landing procedure that will mark the start of its multi-year search for signs of ancient microbial life.The Mars 2020 mission, which set off late from Florida in late July, includes the largest ever vehicle to be dispatched to the Red Planet. (Photo by Handout / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/JPL-Caltech/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

NASA rover touches down on Mars

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The Perseverance rover has successfully landed on Mars in its mission to look for signs of ancient life on the red planet

Great Australian Wildlife Collection by Discovery channel. Koala bear eats leaves in tree. Phascolarctos cinereus. South Australia.

Koala teeth used to create archaeology map

history

Australian archaeologists are studying ancient koala teeth and bones to create a map that will show how people and animals moved across the continent through history

18/2/21. More than 1000 residents in Prospect and Stepney are being told to strip ripe fruit off their trees, to help stop the spread of fruit fly. PIRSA biosecurity officers in orange overalls are door-knocking offering residents assistance with the task - Joshua Dowsett and Saurin Barot   
Picture: Keryn Stevens

Look out for fruit fly after La Nina summer

weather

Kids are banned from taking fruit to school and residents are being urged to strip their trees of fruit in two suburbs of Adelaide that are the latest locations battling fruit fly outbreaks

Mark Knight's Pfizer vaccine cartoon. Right-click on the image to open in a new tab.

Big thrill when coronavirus vaccine arrived

health

Health Minister Greg Hunt was so excited when Australia’s first vaccine delivery arrived he was doing cartwheels — at least in cartoonist Mark Knight’s imagination

Coco, 6, write with chalk. Qld academic wants schools to get back teaching with chalk and slates. He says it's good for fine motor skills they are missing out on with screens. Picture: Tim Carrafa

Ditch digital for chalk, says learning expert

technology

Primary school kids should ditch digital and return to using chalk and slates to help develop the brain, motor skills and the ability to construct a story, a leading education expert says

Healthy Harold from Life Education with his healthy lunchbox. For Kids News

The search for Australia’s healthiest lunchbox

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Healthy Harold has been looking for Australia’s healthiest lunchbox and he’s found some pretty impressive options. Check out the winning lunches

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Cruising sharks photo wins best underwater award

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A stunning image of sharks and seagulls at sunset has won the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2021 award from 4500 images entered by photographers from 68 countries

Concept for the worldwide delivery of COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine by plane.

How does the coronavirus vaccine work?

explainers

The first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses have arrived in Australia and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine now has approval to be used in Australia too. Kids News looks at how vaccines work

COVID maths: All the world’s virus in a drink can

mathematics

All the COVID-19-causing virus in the world right now could easily fit inside a single soft drink can, according to a fascinating calculation by a mathematician

Robert Irwin at his home at Australia Zoo. For Kids News

Calling all kids: our wildlife needs your help

environment

Wildlife warrior Robert Irwin talks to Kids News about how kids can be community leaders in protecting the environment and wildlife and how every little thing we do helps

Daily Telegraph. An out of control bushfire threatens Johns River on the NSW mid north coast.    Picture Nathan Edwards.

Bushfire Poetry Comp: smoky skies, burnt leaves

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It’s the last week to get your Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition entry in. Looking for some inspiration? Read 12-year-old Kirra Dangerfield’s poem, “The ash black land”