ABOUT LELA NARGI

  • I’m an author and journalist in Brooklyn, NY. The Honeybee Man (Schwartz & Wade 2011) was my first picture book and garnered a lot of lovely acclaim. A Heart Just Like My Mother’s, my second book (Kar-Ben/Lerner) released in January 2018; two middle grade science books I wrote for National Geographic published in August 2018: Absolute Expert: Dinosaurs and Absolute Expert: Volcanoes. Karl’s New Beak  was released by Capstone/Smithsonian in March 2019. Fall 2020 will see the publication of three books in a series from Capstone: Mysteries of the Constellations, Mysteries of the Planets, Stars, and Galaxies, and Mysteries of the Universe. I’m also a veteran journalist covering a variety of topics—including science—for adults and kids.

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  • Magazine Articles
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    12 kids who are changing their communities and our world

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2020

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    A new map shows the moon as it’s never been seen

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2020

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    A sneaker that fixes itself? It could be coming soon.

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2019

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    A tomb find in China may give the donkey added respect

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2020

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    Being kind to others has rewards for you

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2020

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    Birds fall in love, and they have the moves to prove it

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2019

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    Could astronauts grow plants in soil?

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2020

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    Debates can be messy, but they also offer kids a chance to learn

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2020

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    Doctor Robot-o

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    2017

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    Does that song make you sad? You’re not alone.

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2020

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    Ethics Lab: Designs with Purpose

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    Muse Magazine

    2016

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    Florida middle schoolers win big for inventing device to stop flash floods

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2020

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    For 9-year-old immigrant, chess isn’t just a game. It’s a life-changer.

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2020

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    For Real! Conquering Zika

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    PittMed Magazine

    2016

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    For Real! X-Rays

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    PittMed Magazine

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    Greta Thunberg’s New York visit inspires young climate activists

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2019

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    Helping save trees is also helping save lives

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2020

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    Ho-Hum, I'm Bored

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    Muse magazine

    2017

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    How can an octopus help us stay warm?

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2019

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    How clean is the Bronx River? Snapping turtles help scientists figure it out.

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2019

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    Kids in Britain help test the power of soup to fight a serious disease: Malaria

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2020

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    Legalizing Pot May Confuse Teens Into Thinking It's Sage

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    Science News for Students

    2017

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    Like Syrup on Your Pancakes? You Have a Tree to Thank for the Treat

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    Washington Post Kids Post

    2019

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    Movies in Our Minds

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    Muse magazine

    2016

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    Nanowires Could Lead to Super-Long-Lived Battery

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    Science News for Students

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    Ocean bird’s super hearing helps it catch dinner

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2020

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    Reinventing Wonder

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    Muse magazine

    2016

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    Ringing in the Ears May Signal Serious Ear Damage

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    Science News for Students

    2016

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    Science @ Work: Neuroscientist Moran Cerf

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    Muse magazine

    2016

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    Scientists can recycle sewer waste into garden soil. But if it stinks, it won’t sell.

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2020

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    Scientists solve mystery of bombardier beetles’ hot, toxic spray

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2020

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    Simpler Way to Screen for Hidden Hearing Loss?

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    Science News for Students

    2016

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    Some wasps and flies can turn fellow insects into zombies

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2019

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    Stuttering: Blood Flow in the Brain May Play a Role

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    Science News for Students

    2017

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    Taste Good? Senses inform the brain—but don't tell everyone the same thing

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    Science News for Students

    2018

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    Tiny backpacks show scientists the amazing lives of bats

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2020

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    Umbrella's Shade Doesn't Prevent Sunburn

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    Science News for Students

    2017

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    We can’t send plastic to China anymore. What happens to our recyclables now?

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2019

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    When migrating birds run into trouble, wildlife rehabilitators swoop in

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    Washington Post KidsPost

    2020

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    Why We Believe What We Believe—Even When It's Wrong

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    Muse Magazine

    2016

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    A Sneaker That Fixes Itself? It Could Be Coming Soon

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    Washington Post

    2019

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    Lighting It Up

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    Muse magazine

    2016

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    Science @ Work: Maggie Little, Bioethicist

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    Muse Magazine

    2016

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    Think Like a Bioethicist

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    Muse Magazine

    2016

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    Tiny Oysters Do a Big Job

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    Highlights for Children

    2018

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    We [Heart] Playgrounds

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    Muse magazine

    2018

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    Here to Help

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    Muse Magazine

    2015

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    Science @ Work: Brain Scientists the Deaks

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    Odyssey Magazine

    2015

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    Getting' Sweaty: Earn a Ph.D. in B.O.

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    Muse Magazine

    2015

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    Team Efforts

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    Odyssey Magazine

    2015

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    Science @ Work Craig Manning Health Communications Specialist

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    Muse Magazine

    2015

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    Team Arum—Keeping it Clean

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    Odyssey Magazine

    2015

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    Scientist @ Work: Oceanographer Erik van Sebille

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    Odyssey Magazine

    2014

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    The Case of "Something I Ate"

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    Muse Magazine

    2015

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    400 Billion Lego Bricks—and Still Counting

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    Storyworks

    2014

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    Cracking the Code

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    Muse Magazine

    2015

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    The Secret Life of Cookies

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    Ask Magazine

    2014

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    Invasion of the Red Admirals

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    Odyssey Magazine

    2014

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    LiDAR: Mapping the World in Virtual Reality

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    Odyssey Magazine

    2014

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    Building for "Pests"

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    Odyssey Magazine

    2014

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    Reinventing the Wheel—Twice!

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    Appleseeds Magazine

    2014

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    Lost & Found: A Q&A with Maritime Archaeologist Victor Mastone

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    Odyssey Magazine

    2014

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    Cranberries Gone Wild!

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    Odyssey Magazine

    2014

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    Low-Tech, High-Tech: The Movie Sounds You're Not Supposed to Hear

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    Odyssey Magazine

    2014

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    How Does Your Fungus Glow?

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    Odyssey Magazine

    2014

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    (Don't) Fly Me to the Moon

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    Muse Magazine

    2016