TED Ed: How Do Tornadoes Form?

I’m not scared of much in nature. Thunder? No biggie. Cockroaches? Stay out of my way. But tornadoes? They freak me out. I mean 200 mile-per-hour winds that can lift a train or car like a toy? No, thank...

Should Kids See ‘Unbroken’?

One of the longest-running best sellers of all time, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, has sold more than 4 million copies. And, as a fan of Hillenbrand (who also wrote the wonderful Seabiscuit), it’s one of...

Best TED Ed Lessons of 2014

In the past few months, I’ve selected my favorites among thousands of TED Ed lessons; everything from how elephants never forget to why the same food costs different amounts around the world. So they are...

First Thanksgiving: The True Story

What follows is my abridgement of the Thanksgiving story, written with balance and restraint for children by teacher and author Charles M. Larsen, who is descended from several American Indian tribes. If you...

10 Great Teen Books

Usually, recommending the “10 best" or "greatest” of anything would be one person’s opinion.  Like, mine.  But, not this time. I decided to “crowdsource” for the best ideas.  Crowdsourcing? ...