Special Projects

This 13-part series shows kids how they can become cartoonists. Each post in the series features lessons based on the “Pocket Cartoon Course,” a booklet from the 1940s, as well as additional guidance and videos.

All the young student needs is an imagination, paper, pencils and a little support from you!

The Space Shuttle missions are done, but that doesn’t mean that NASA isn’t still working on sending Americans into space. The Junior Dispatch will be offering coverage of NASA’s activities (and all space news), as well as hosting videos and other activities on the site.

Follow the Mission to Space coverage here.


In March 2009 and again in2010, 2011 and 2012, the Junior Dispatch covered the Iditarod! We updated readers on the race, and provided some unique learning opportunities for youngsters. At the same time, the JD gave readers in 2009 a chance to read — and hear — Jack London’s classic novel “The Call of the Wild.” In 2010, we offered London’s “White Fang.”

In 2011, we featured “Prince Jan, St. Bernard” by Forrestine C. Hooker.

In 2012, we presented “Little White Fox and his Arctic Friends,” a series of short stories by Roy J. Snell.

In 2013, we are hosting “Rescue Dog of the High Pass.”

Visit the Iditarod’s teacher page at http://iditarodblogs.com/teachers/

As usual, students are invited to offer their writings and drawings to JD for presentation on the Web. See our submission guidelines here.

In the future, we are considering using these stories for our special read-along feature:



Teachers and parents participating in the “Life of Lincoln” study should look through files listed here for additional materials.

‘Life of Lincoln’ Index
This page provides the key part of  JD’s Lincoln coverage: The 10-chapter story of the 16th president’s life.

‘Life of Lincoln’ Posters & Materials
If you are interested in the special Life of Lincoln poster and teachers’ guides, contact us at juniordispatch@juniordispatch.com and we’ll e-mail you all the teacher material.  Among the posters you will find are:

  • Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
  • Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
  • Lincoln’s Independence Hall Speech.
  • Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.
  • Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

The teachers’ guides offer additional background and topics to explore.