John Green (photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore) - author, vlogger, tweeter, teacher, activist, Nerdfighter Extraordinaire - is my hero. His brother Hank is a very close second on my hero scale, as well. And yes, I am now a proud Nerdfighter, too, fighting suck and doing my best to increase awesome!
What an inspiration these brothers are - sharing their energy, creativity, knowledge, passion, innovation, and let's face it, just plain genius, with the world.
My son and I recently became completely hooked on their Crash Course YouTube videos covering world history, U.S. history, literature, chemistry, ecology and biology. They are super entertaining, informative and so much fun to watch that you don't even realize you are learning! I think they are geared more toward middle or high school students, but my fifth grader and I think they are awesome - he says he is learning lots. OK, I admit it, so am I...
The brothers' vlogbrothers YouTube channel, started as a way for the two brothers to keep in touch, is also highly entertaining and immensely interesting, covering such a range of topics there is definitely something for everyone!
And, of course, don't forget to also check out his fabulous books:
- The Fault in Our Stars
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson
- Paper Towns
- Looking for Alaska
- An Abundance of Katherines
- Mental_Floss: Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets
Finally, if all this has inspired you to join in and become a Nerdfighter too, go to the Nerdfighter website and answer the call to fight suck and increase awesome!