News-O-Matic: Reading for Kids

News-O-Matic: Reading for Kids

By Press4Kids

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date: 2012-12-17
  • Current Version: 5.8.6
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 82.79 MB
  • Developer: Press4Kids
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 1,183 Ratings


News-O-Matic is the daily news app to inspire a love of nonfiction reading. 100+ new articles each month cover a range of high-interest topics for curious kids. Subjects include science, sports, world news, technology, arts, and entertainment. Reading current events empowers children to be critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and global citizens. Every story is written at multiple literacy levels for ages 6 to 14. News-O-Matic is always 100% ad-free. A child psychologist reviews each article to ensure emotionally safe and age-appropriate content. KEY FEATURES: • 5 dynamic news articles every weekday, each at 3 reading levels • Colorful photos, videos, maps, graphics, and illustrations • Daily quizzes to support reading comprehension • Complete translations in English, Spanish, French & Arabic • Full “Read to Me” story recordings in English, Spanish, French & Arabic • Games, fun facts, and calls to action • Audio and kid-friendly definitions for challenging vocabulary • Interactive maps and an augmented reality (3D) globe • Chances to draw, ask questions, comment, and vote • Interviews with authors, scientists, and other experts • Citations to improve media literacy skills • Access to 10 past editions AWARDS: Digital Media Award North America Winner, 2018 – “Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audiences” Tech and Learning Award of Excellence, 2018 Parents' Picks Award Winner, 2018 World Young Reader Prize (Editorial) - World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA) One of The Best News Sources for Kids “5 stars” - Common Sense Media kidSAFE® certified REVIEWS: “My son has finally been reading independently for the past two weeks. He looks forward to reading News-O-Matic every night!” – Melissa, mom of an 8-year-old "I love News-O-Matic! When I’m in school it’s my favorite thing to do. I even read it when I get home!" – Soyee, age 11 “The stories you write are amazing. It’s funny because I hate reading but yet I’m excited to see what you wrote." – Rae, age 8 “I have never come across a publication this effective in capturing the attention of the student and making them want to learn and understand more.” – LB, Elementary School Teacher “A terrific introduction to current events with unlimited potential for repeated use for kids” – Smart Apps For Kids “An ingenious app that condenses the daily news of the world and delivers it in perfectly kid-digestible form.” – Cool Mom Tech “It offers a window to the world and beyond.” – Parents’ Pick Awards SUBSCRIPTION OPTIONS: • Subscription options include per month, per six months, or per year. • A free trial begins at start of subscription. Easy to cancel at any time. • Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. • Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. • Account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours prior to the end of the current period. • User can manage subscription & turn off auto-renewal by going to Account Settings after purchase. • No cancelation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period. • Any unused portion of a free-trial period will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription. FOR EDUCATORS: Schools and districts looking to buy News-O-Matic through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program should buy News-O-Matic: School 2018-19. For more information visit or contact for help or questions. Terms of Use: Privacy Policy:



  • Not for younger readers

    By Dewey1234
    I was so excited about this app because my son enjoys reading news and nonfiction more than fiction. He’s reading at a second grade level so I set it at K-2 for the reading level. It’s still way too hard for him! It’s more like a 4th or 5th and up reading level. So it won’t be of any use to me. I also noticed that the games don’t work. The game that is like a quiz won’t let you submit your answer. I had a hard time setting his birthday on his profile. But I do think it’s an awesome idea and maybe with some work, this could be a great app!
  • Can’t print stories anymore

    By Bothered12321
    We limit screen time for our kids, but want to have them read “news”. So I used to print them each a news story from this app every day, but the recent update broke the printing function. Just part of the story prints now. If I can’t print, then I will have to unsubscribe. This app was great until this happened.
  • On iPad it’s no audio!

    By such harder
    Try everything we can do, could not fix this y
  • Can’t read articles on iPhone or iPad

    By frustrated app broken
    It keeps going to the top of the article while you read it. It makes reading the article awful. I’m paying for this and it makes me very upset. I want my money back or it would be great if you could fix this.
  • Sorry I updated the app!🙁

    By LoveTheLORD7
    This news app was perfect for me until I updated it recently & made me sorry I did. Now while reading the articles, as I am nearing the middle or end, it keeps jumping back to the beginning! I have to keep scrolling back continuously to the section I was reading! That so much takes away the joy from reading the articles. Why is it doing that?🙁 Then I was surprised they took away the little animated piece (with the dog & ball, etc) they had when you pressed the app! Now it just says loading.... If I had known it was going to be a problem reading the articles - since it keeps scrolling back to the top automatically - I would have NEVER updated it! Can you please fix this?!? Why do supposed updates make things worse instead of better? The articles are still great but how can they be read & enjoyed if it automatically jumps back to the beginning?!? Again, can you please fix this?
  • Awesome but one problem

    By Anonymous73956194629
    This is an awesome app but there is one small problem. When I downloaded this app I was like “oh yeah this is gonna be cool” but when I tried to read an article it wanted me to pay and I didn’t notice this and so I went and deleted this app I was really hoping for this to be good.
  • Our favorite family news source

    By AK ace
    My kids have been reading News-o-matic for 2 years. They love the articles, polls, drawing feature, maps that show your distance from the event, and extra pictures. I like the way they consult psychologists to make sure they present controversial topics in a way that is factual and balanced but less terrifying than the adult newspapers. This actually sometimes makes it preferable to other news outlets even for me... I think of it like the weekly reader we used to get in school. Great background info given about foreign political situations too.
  • Please let me cancel

    By Remmyo
    Trying to cancel! Cannot seem to be able to.
  • Actually gets kids to love reading!

    By Dad of Two Boys, 10 and 7
    What else is there to say about an app that does this? The high-interest topics hook readers — even if they don’t want to be reading! Incredible app for learning...
  • Amazing

    By sylvoon
    This app is amazing I’ve hade for at least 5 years