Did you know that there is a Time for Kids magazine and website? And that they have tons of neat reproducibles in their teacher section, searchable by theme? I've just begun explorng the wealths of this resource. Already I've found Go Places, which includes sightseeing information, day in the life articles, native lingo, etc., about different countries around the world- all on a kid's level. (You can even print out a passport and passport "stamps" for the places you "visit.") And of course, news articles for kids. I'm impressed.
As a side note, if you want to read more conservatively written kids' news articles, check out God's World News.