Yak’s Corner
A print and online children’s news magazine published once each month from September through May for Michigan kids ages 6-13. Each 12-page issue is filled with educational and entertaining stories about places, people and events in Michigan and around the world. The Yak’s Corner online page also includes “Yaktivities” for each issue, a Yak Art Gallery, student writing and more.

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Yak's Corner is a 12-page news magazine for kids ages 6-13 that's filled with stories about Michigan places, events and people. You'll also find news briefs from around the world in "Yakking About the News" and "Kids in the News" lets your students see how kids across the county are making news. "Your Page" is a monthly look at student art or writing. Each issue is written with the objective to engage young readers with informational text that is both educational and entertaining.

Yak’s Corner will be published once each month (9 times) during the school year, which can be accessed in three ways.

  1. 1. All editions will be available on e-editions of the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News (click here to register).
  2. All editions will be available at www.yakscorner.com, along with our roundup of "Yaktivities" based on the content in that month's issue. "Yaktivities" includes two pages of content quizzes, a vocabulary activity and a word search for students and a separate teacher's page that includes an answer sheet and discussion starter. And the teacher's page shows the correlations between the content in each issue with Common Core State Standards.
  3. 3. All editions will be offered in print, delivered at no cost to schools in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties (place your order here)

Need more reasons to add Yak's Corner to your elementary or middle school classroom? Read these comments from teachers and principals.

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Yak's Corner for 02/10/2016

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Yak's Corner Archive

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Yak's Corner will be published on 30 Thursdays during the 2014-2015 school year, beginning September 11, 2014 and ending on May 21, 2015 delivered in print 9 times per year and available online 30 times. During this period Yak's Corner will not be published in print or online on these seven dates: November 27, December 25, January 1 & 8, February 19, and April 2 & 9.

2015-2016 "Yak's Corner Favorite Book Character Contest" for Grades K-6
Sponsored by Michigan K.I.D.S., Inc.

Now is time to start thinking about your favorite book characters! Yak’s Corner asks all students in first- through sixth-grade to draw pictures of their favorite book characters.

Students should draw using their brightest, boldest colors on unlined white 8½ by 11 paper. The entry form includes space for students to write about what makes the character their favorite. Entries must be postmarked by December 19, 2015.


To encourage exploration of superior children's literature, drawings have to be based on a fictional character that is NOT originally from a television show or film. That means no SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora or Pokémon drawings! Yak's Corner personnel select first- through third-place winners and honorable mentions. Entries are judged initially on artwork merit (70 percent), then writing skill (30 percent). If drawings are judged to be equally well-done, judges look at how well the entrant answered why a character was a favorite when selecting and ranking the winners.

Prizes: First- through third-place winners receive Barnes & Noble Gift Cards in the amounts of $40, $30, $25. Yak's Corner will feature artwork by the first-place winners in the March issue in celebration of Reading Month. Certificates of Participation will be emailed to teachers who email their request to cathyyaknews@gmail.com.

On behalf of Yak's Corner personnel, please extend our thanks to the students who share their favorite fictional book character in pictures and words. Their artistry, creativity and ability to explain why they chose their character always makes it difficult to recognize the work of just a few students for special merit.

Although this is an annual fall contest, with winners selected in February of the following year, students are always encouraged to send artwork to Yak's Corner. We publish drawings during the school year in the monthly issues of the Yak's Corner news magazine. Students should draw on white, unlined 8 ½ by 11 paper in bright colors. Students should print their first and last names, age and city only on the BACK of each drawing, along with a school or home number if needed to verify any information. Artwork should be mailed to: Yak’s Corner Art, 160 W. Fort Street, Detroit, MI 48226.

2015 winners