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Rebecca Katzman

Rebecca Katzman is an Associate Editor at TIME For Kids. Before joining the TFK team in 2016, she worked at Modern Farmer and Country Living magazines. Becca loves writing about extreme weather and space exploration for TFK, and enjoys learning about new books, movies, and toys for kids. When she was in elementary school, “TFK Fridays” were her favorite part of the school week.

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Going, Going, Gone

October 12, 2018

Nothing seemed unusual at an October 5 art auction at Sotheby’s in London, England. Then the unthinkable happened. A work by Banksy—a famous British street artist whose identity is a mystery—had just sold to an anonymous buyer for nearly $1.4…



Inside the Crayola Factory

September 14, 2018

Step into the Crayola factory in Easton, Pennsylvania. Here, humming machines and busy workers make about 180 crayons a minute. In a year, the Crayola company produces nearly 3 billion colorful wax sticks. “There’s a great demand for crayons,” Crayola…



Fish for Lunch

September 14, 2018

Salmon burgers. Salmon mac-and-cheese. These items are on the school-lunch menu in Sitka, Alaska. Thanks to Sitka’s Fish to Schools program, the fish is fresh and locally sourced. Sitka is on an island in the Pacific Ocean. Nearly 20% of…

Polar Bear

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What is Global Warming?

August 28, 2018

Earth’s climate is changing at an unprecedented rate. As a result, storms and droughts are becoming more intense. Temperatures are rising. Polar ice caps are melting. This is causing oceans to rise. Low coastal areas are flooding. Animals are losing…

luminous mushrooms

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What Is Bioluminescence?

August 24, 2018

Fireflies twinkle in a field. Mushrooms illuminate a dark forest. Colorful sea creatures light up the ocean. These natural light displays come from bioluminescent creatures. Bioluminescent organisms can produce their own light. Bioluminescence is a chemical reaction. It takes place…

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What Are Storms?

August 16, 2018

A storm is a powerful disturbance of the atmosphere. Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes are types of storms. Storms are a common event here on Earth. They occur on other planets, too. There are about 16 million thunderstorms worldwide each year.…


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What Are Volcanoes?

August 14, 2018

Take a bottle of soda. Shake it really hard. Gas bubbles will form inside, causing a buildup of pressure. Twist the cap off. Pressure will release from the bottle. Soda will shoot everywhere. A volcanic eruption works much the same…

portrait of Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson

May 25, 2018

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743–July 4, 1826) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He drafted the Declaration of Independence. He served as the country’s first secretary of state. He was elected the third U.S. president. As…

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Cactuses at Risk

April 20, 2018

The sun goes down in the Sonoran Desert. A truck pulls up to a giant saguaro (sa- wah -ro) cactus. Poachers step out. They are wearing protective gloves. They dig up the cactus and wrap it in a carpet. Then…



Lego Goes Green

April 5, 2018

Legos are among the world’s most popular toys. But the process for making them—as with many other toys—hurts the environment. Why? Legos are made of plastic. The plastic is made from oil, which is a nonrenewable resource. Now, Lego…