My Work

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-Editor of Growth Curve,Science News blog about “the inexact science of raising kids”

-Author of the National Geographic Kids series Real or Fake?, which uses funky truths and tall tales to teach kids how to think critically. The third book in this series will be available in March 2018.

-Fact-checked award-winning science writer David Quammen’s forthcoming book, The Tangled Tree

-Author of the National Geographic Kids book Animal Smackdown, available in 2018

-Author of the National Geographic Kids Myths Busted! series, which uses a blend of science, logic, and fun to upend popular misperceptions

In 2014, Myths Busted! won the Children’s Choice Fifth/Sixth Grade Book of the Year Award! Thanks to the Children’s Book Council for photos from the ceremony.


The Spiderwick Chronicles author Holly Black (left) presented me with my award.


Celebrating the award with fellow National Geographic Kids writer J.R. Mortimer and Myths Busted! series editor Becky Baines








-Author of the National Geographic Kids “Mad Libs”-style books Funny Fill-In: My Space Adventure, Funny Fill-In: My Dinosaur Adventure, and Funny Fill-In: My Ancient Egypt Adventure

-Project manager for National Geographic Kids Weird But True: Ripped from the Headlines 2

-Fact-checked David Quammen’s 2013 award-winning book, Spillover, about the diseases shared between people and animals, and his 2014 book, Ebola

-Fact-checked select chapters of the 2015 book What Stands in a Storm, by Kim Cross

-Fact-checked select chapters of the 2016 book Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild, by Adrienne Ross Scanlan

-Edited weekly news stories and features and wrote teacher’s questions for Science News for Students (formerly Science News for Kids)

-Contributed 1,560 facts about robots, migration, dinosaurs, and much (much!) more to the National Geographic Kids book 5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) and helped edit its sequel

-Contributed content to the National Geographic Kids book My Weird But True Fact-A-Day Fun Journal

-C0-author of the National Geographic Kids book 125 Wacky Roadside Attractions

-Copyediting for the World Resources Institute:

-Editing/writing for Science News magazine:

-Writing for National Geographic magazine online: