The Denver Post Reporter Elizabeth Hernandez reads for Phone-a-Story this week!

Phone-a-Story’s special guest this week is Elizabeth Hernandez, a reporter for The Denver Post! 

Listen to the Elizabeth read The Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul now through July 15, by dialing (720) 865-8500 and pressing 3.

Elizabeth is excited to take part in a Phone-a-Story and support the Denver Public Library. She uses the Library to help her work as a reporter. “As a reporter, it's my job to ask questions. I don't have all the answers, but the books and smart librarians at Denver Public Library can help lead me toward the truth,” she says.

Dial in every Tuesday for a new story, rhyme, or song to listen to! Access Phone-a-Story 24/7 and hear English, Spanish, Amharic, and Vietnamese recordings for different age groups! 

Phone-A-Story Guest Star Profile

Elizabeth Hernandez grew up with a pen in her hand, always writing stories.

Now, she has the honor of writing about her neighbors and community for the local newspaper, The Denver Post. Elizabeth has written about bright and brave young people, powerful and important social justice issues, and sad, difficult moments in history.

Elizabeth believes in the transformative power of sharing people's stories. Learning more about the people and spaces around us inspires us to do our part to make our little world a better place. Your story matters.

More About the Featured Telephone Tale
Book cover for "The Breaking News" which features a mom watering a plant that is held by a young boy. The boy looks her direction, but the mom is looing at a TV with a slight look of concern.

This week’s Phone-a-Story tale is one personally selected by our featured guest. Elizabeth chose The Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul because it’s “about how we can make the world a better place by doing our part and looking for the good in the world even when things feel scary.”

The story teaches children about dealing with bad news and a young girl who wants to do all she can to help the people in her life even when she doesn’t know how. 

Are you looking for more children's books like the one Elizabeth read? Take a look at this list of similar titles below:


The Power of Her Pen: the Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne by Lesa Cline-Ransome
The book cover for "The Power of Her Pen" features Ethel L. Payne holding a pen proudly and a notepad in the other hand.
Ethel L. Payne always had an ear for stories. Seeking truth, justice, and equality, Ethel followed stories from her school newspaper in Chicago to Japan during World War II. Ethel L. Payne shined a light on the darkest moments in history, and her ear for stories sought answers to the questions that mattered most in the fight for civil rights.

Can You Believe It? : How to Spot Fake News and Find the Facts by Joyce Grant 
The book cover for "Can you believe it?" It features many children in a park with two at the center analyzing a newspaper.
Here's a deep dive into how real journalism works, what fake news is -- and most importantly, how to spot the difference. Organized into chapters that explore fake news and why it's so popular, how real news gets made, some common types of fake news, and how to investigate what you see online, this book is a must-read guide for kids who get most of their information online.

Breaking News: Bear Alert by David Biedrzycki
Book cover for "Bear Alert" it features to bears looking straight ahead with smiles. Their faces are framed in a tv monitor.
In this story (told in the form of a television broadcast), bears emerge from hibernation demanding to be fed.

A Page in the Wind by José Sanabria and María Laura Díaz Domínguez
Book cover for :a Page in the Wind" featuring an illustration of a man looking at a newspaper and smiling.
The last little newspaper on a newsstand wonders what its life will be like until a gust of wind sends its individual pages flying. Each page travels to a different place and experiences a vastly different life--from being used to clean a mirror and line the cage of a pet to being formed into a boat by a child and sheltering a homeless person from the cold--until, at last, the final page finds it's true calling.

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