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Shay Maunz

Shay Maunz is an Associate Editor at TIME for Kids. Before joining TFK, in 2018, Shay was a freelance writer and editor. She’s written about everything from Sesame Street for refugee kids to rats in Vietnam, and has been published by Glamour, NPR, and Atlas Obscura. Shay grew up in West Virginia. She lives in Brooklyn with her pet poodle, Frannie.

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Start Here

June 29, 2020

If you want to become a better writer, the most important thing to do is practice writing. Getting started is the hardest part. But we’ve got some tips. Author Lamar Giles says that as a young writer, he worried…


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Becoming a Poet

June 29, 2020

Kwame Alexander is the award-winning author of The Undefeated, the Crossover series, and many other books. This fall, he’ll release a new book with author James Patterson called Becoming Muhammed Ali. It’s a biographical novel about the boxing legend. For…



Bike Boom

June 18, 2020

It was March when much of the world began to lock down to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The pandemic forced gyms to close. It made people fearful of public transit. And it left families cooped up at home…


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Super Science

June 12, 2020

Hero Elementary isn’t a typical school. It’s where teacher Mr. Sparks helps superheroes learn to master their powers. The students include a tiny girl with super strength, a brainiac who builds incredible gadgets, an animal lover who can create force…



A Mammoth Find

June 2, 2020

Archaeologists have uncovered the bones of 60 mammoths near Mexico City, Mexico. The fossils were found under an airport that’s under construction. In October, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History began digging at the site. Since then, archaeologists have…



Going Up!

May 21, 2020

Many nursing homes all over the world are locked down to protect their residents from COVID-19. But a company in Belgium has found a way to connect these people with their loved ones outside. Usually, Group-f is a cleaning and…



World Wild Web

May 5, 2020

Zoos and aquariums around the world are closed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Without the money they normally bring in from ticket sales, many are struggling financially. So some of these institutions are turning to the Internet. They’re finding…



Speak, FIDO!

April 24, 2020

Imagine you’re out for a walk with your family when a strange dog approaches you. The dog isn’t aggressive, but it seems to want something. It nudges you with its snout, and barks. What you don’t know is that this…



The History of Pandemics

April 22, 2020

The new coronavirus pandemic is historic. But this isn’t the first time a virus has sickened people around the globe. Pandemics have happened throughout history. The most recent pandemic started just over a decade ago, in 2009, with the outbreak…


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Easter Storms

April 17, 2020

Severe weather swept through the southern United States, beginning on Easter Sunday, April 12. Tornadoes and thunderstorms hit Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and other states. The storms caused flooding and mudslides. At least 33 people…