Theodore Jerome Cohen PhD is an author of books for all ages, children through adults. I have read and enjoyed many of his books. Ted, as he is known, speaks to school groups from kindergarten through high school, as well. He is a retired consultant to the Defense, Homeland Security, and Anti-Terrorism communities, and has been a writer and lecturer for more than five decades. He is also, amazingly, a virtuoso violinist. *Note: I bought my own books and any links are non-affiliated.
Dr. Cohen participated in the 16th Chilean Expedition to the Antarctic. The US Board of Geographic Names in October, 1964, named the geographical feature Cohen Islands, located at 63° 18′ S. latitude, 57° 53′ W. longitude in the Cape Legoupil area, Antarctica, in his honor.
You have heard of Ted Talks, right? This is the kindergarten version of live and in-person Ted Talks! Students have a chance to purchase books and meet the author in person. What a good idea to wear Penguin masks backward so children can see — this was a clever teacher.
With a globe in hand, the author shares some of his extensive knowledge and a lesson about bullying. This talk included information for Pepe Builds a Nest.
Rufus Finds a Home helps children about empathy and the difficulty of sometimes having to give up something we love. In this story, the older person is getting dementia and has to give his dog away. To me, it is a “multicultural” story as it shows differences in people and life situations. This blog post with the free resource is at this link.
Rufus has won first place in the Royal Dragonfly Awards in the Aging and Senior Living Category!
Fuzzy Wuzzy is a book about the importance of listening and following rules adults provide to help keep children safe. The free resource has paper puppets for children to retell the story (which could be used in a reading conference to check for understanding) as well as letter-sized teaching posters which as if the picture shows a child listening or not.
Theodore Jerome Cohen is a multitalented person with advanced skills in teaching, writing, violin, and Antarctic exploration. He holds three degrees in the physical sciences from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has been an engineer and scientist for more than forty-five years. His books reflect his broad and unique areas of expertise and are such interesting reads.
He has written many books for secondary education, adults, and college classes. You might also like the flash fiction posts.