News-O-Matic: Reading for Kids

News-O-Matic: Reading for Kids

By Press4Kids

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date: 2012-12-17
  • Current Version: 5.8.8
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 84.84 MB
  • Developer: Press4Kids
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 1,227 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:



  • Really? C’mon.

    By ProfessorPurpose
    This seems like a truly great idea. I’d love to find out what it’s like, but you really can’t learn anything about it without signing up and getting on a week trial plan (which auto-renews if you don’t remember to cancel). Pretty cheesy if you ask me. I suggest they let an interested person access a basic level just to look around, say 24 hour access. I suspect they’d get many more people to have a look. I’m certainly not interested in signing up and then having to worry about canceling later. What a turn-off. It’s kind of like going to a nice hotel but they won’t even let you in the lobby to look around without giving them your credit card. A turn off. I hope they’ll reconsider this. I was interested. Now I’m just irritated.
  • News-O-Matic

    By Harrypotterlover2.0
    News-O-Matic is a place where kids can see the news just for kids and if they have questions they can go to the news room and if you hit write to Russ and they write there questions to Russ and he will answer them later and you can read other kids questions as well so get News-O-Matic today free
  • Won’t work (same problem)

    By cornba
    Would like to try app, but experiencing the same problem as last reviewer. Subscribed with free trial, and every time you try to pull up article, it goes back to the subscription page. Not a great first impression.
  • Won’t work

    By Nan454
    I am excited about this app for my work as an SLP but I can’t get it to work. I registered for the free trial but every time I tap an article, the subscribe page pops up. Then I’m told to put in a code after which I’m told I already have a subscription and the cycle starts again. I hope it gets fixed soon!
  • I would have rated it a 5 but I am in a rage😡

    By abbie thomaz
    Please read this and answer. I really love news-o-matic. But Not anymore. I loved it because it was easy to use and gave you a lot of information about everything. And it helped me with my reading. It kept me out of my boredom and everyone at school would read the same article at the same time in a circle and then discuss it. .... Those were the good days...... I started hating it when they made you have to pay. My parents won’t let me purchase anything online because they think it will be a fraud or something. Now nobody in my school reads news o matic anymore. Only the privileged ones. Please respond ASAP. I know y’all are very busy but still pls do. Thanks
  • Best App In Town

    By overit199/
    News-O-Matic, more like News-O-Magic! This app is an amazing source for kids and adults alike. As a serial nanny, I am always looking for funducational ways to engage with the children I’m working with, and this is it! Informative and fun, this is an app kids want to “play” with. One of my favorite moments of 2018 was when the kiddos asked for time on the app and took turns picking and reading articles to each other the entire ride home. Great tool for motivating young readers and connecting them with the world at large. Services like these are so important, and we are very grateful for News-O-Matic.
  • News homework

    By Elise20/09
    I am nine years old and have to bring in a story from the news on Tuesday. This is a very good app and news source for doing this. Keep it up!!!👍😁🤓📄
  • Ok but

    By kittycat2.0
    You have to get buy a pass to do anything.
  • Not enough content

    By Doysia
    The content needs to come out more frequently and have more NEWS.
  • 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!