Nonfiction Works for Children

Let’s prepare children to become heroes of their own stories.

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Let’s give kids the mastery they need to write the future they want.

My nonfiction writing focuses on the social, environmental, and economic topics that will shape kids’ futures. I want children to understand the challenges facing the world and also inspire youth to work for change. To do so, content must be age-appropriate, accessible, and offer a hopeful path forward. Here’s an overview of my work in this space:

A TASTE OF CHANGE: FACES magazine (october 2019)

The October issue of FACES features stories about chocolate. My article, “A Taste of Change,” introduces youth to Fair Trade as a way to eliminate child labor in the global cocoa industry.

Advisor, WGBH/PBS Kids

Since 2015 I’ve served as Advisor for Plum Landing and LOOP SCOOPS, multimedia children’s environmental programs produced by PBS Kids/WGBH Boston. LOOP SCOOPS offers a series of videos on the science and economics of design, while Plum Landing combines animation, live action videos, and community-based activities to get kids exploring nature in their local communities. For both programs, I worked alongside a team of animators, researchers, and educators to provide input on scripts, refine the scientific and environmental content, and adapt the evaluation tools.

curriculum for sustainability and social justice

In 2002, I founded Creative Change, a nonprofit consulting firm focused on curriculum development. Key projects include the following:

  • An anti-discrimination curriculum and professional development program for the United Nations Global Teaching and Learning Project. Curriculum addresses racial, gender, class, ethnic, and religious discrimination. (2003)

  • A series of science and social studies lessons on the economic- and environmental aspects of Fair Trade for Fair Trade Campaigns. (2016)

  • A series of geography and science lessons on the cultural and scientific dimensions of climate change developed for The Changing Earth at the University of Minnesota. (2016)

  • A complete course on brownfields redevelopment (the remediation of contaminated properties) in collaboration with the Purdue University College of Engineering. (2009)

  • A suite of lessons on the science and economics of ecological design in partnership with Eastern Michigan University. (2007)

My methods have been published in my book, Reframing the Curriculum: Design for Social Justice and Sustainability.