- Selected for Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2016, a cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council.
- Selected for A Mighty Girl 2015 list of books
Nellie Bly and Investigative Journalism for Kids tells the story of the amazing reporter Nellie Bly, and the early muckrakers who used the power of the pen to bring about social reform in America. Muckrakers were newspaper, magazine, and book writers who “raked up the muck” of society to tell readers what was really happening with important issues such as child labor, government corruption, monopolies, poverty, racism, suffrage, unhealthy food practices, and violence at the turn of the century. Although Nellie Bly did not have formal training as a journalist, she went on to become a top reporter in the male-dominated newspaper world of New York City. At one point she was a worldwide celebrity. The book also highlights key muckrakers of the late 1800s and early 1900s including Jacob Riis, Ida Tarbell, Ida B. Wells, and Upton Sinclair. Readers will also learn about acclaimed modern-day muckrakers including Amy Goodman, Michael Moss, Annie Leonard, and Bill Moyers. In addition, a timeline, informative resource section and 21 fun and relevant activities are included.