November 4, 1957
This is a very small item in the November 4th issue. But the U.S.. needed to show they were in the race and so announcing that a rocket had been launched (maybe the first such announcement in My Weekly Reader) had a lot of value in showing "we" were in the race for space.
November 18, 1957
But of course as we know the Russians followed up the satellite launch with the launch of a living thing, a Siberian Husky Dog. It was hard to compete with that but My Weekly Reader reminded us that the Russians were cruel and humane societies all of the world were protesting the flight. The Russians may seem ahead but they were "cheating" unlike the humane Americans.