What do stingrays and goats have in common?

You can find out in this week’s video! You don’t think about chewing much, do you? Don’t worry, I didn’t either—until I came across the latest research from Dr. Matthew Kolmann! He’s a functional morphologist who studies stingrays, and he recently discovered something pretty amazing about them: they chew their food! I know, this doesn’t sound that interesting,Read more …

September Starts!

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like they should be packing up new pencil case and backpack every time September rolls around? It’s been years since I’ve been in school, but I still get that buzz of excitement when autumn arrives. Cool breezes! Fiery leaves! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!Read more …

TD Summer Reading Club—SURPRISE!

Jun 26, 2016 | Posted by in for-teachers, reading | 0

Hello and happy summer! When I was a little kid, one of my favorite things in the entire world was summer. No school! Long days paddling in the pool! And my favorite thing of all—weekly visits to my local (teeny tiny!) library! Back then, we lived just up the road from our public library. EveryRead more …

Nonfiction 10 for 10: Weird Animal Edition

Hey guys! It’s #nf10for10 day! When I noticed the #nf10for10 hashtag online last year (hosted by the lovely Cathy Mere, Mandy Robek, and Julie Balen!), I had a field day visiting everybody’s posts and growing my to-read list. This year I wanted to participate! (You can visit here to see everyone’s posts!) I’ve had aRead more …

A SharpSchu Book Club Pick!

Feb 11, 2016 | Posted by in books, Pink is for Blobfish | 0

Hey lovely nerds! I’m so happy to announce that PINK IS FOR BLOBFISH was chosen to be a #SharpSchu Book Club pick for March! And to top it off, it’s paired up with Julie Falatko’s SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR! I’ve known and loved Colby and Johnny for a long time now, and everyone who follows them knowsRead more …

Blobfish Love!

It’s official! PINK IS FOR BLOBFISH is out in the wild! Swimming (very slowly) around bookshelves everywhere! I wanted to thank you all for all of the incredible support you’ve shown for this book already—I’ve received so many happy emails, tweets, pictures and messages—it’s enough to make a blobfish swoon! When I first had theRead more …

Space Poop!

Sep 14, 2015 | Posted by in animals, for-teachers, inspiration, nature, science | 0

Hello my cheeky monkeys! Nothing says Monday like learning about space poop. When I came across this graphic from the International Space Station, I knew I had to share it. Especially because it mentions space poop. Have you ever wondered what happens to astronauts’ bodies in space? Do they have to exercise? Check out thisRead more …

Happy News!

Jun 4, 2015 | Posted by in Outrun a Croc | 0

Whoa! Did anyone else just blink and find that JUNE is here?! I’ve been buried in drafting lately, but I wanted to share some happy stuff from the last few weeks! In May, I got to attend the OLA’s Forest of Reading program, and their annual Red Maple Award ceremony. I was nominated along withRead more …

Jess’s Open Tabs

Feb 6, 2015 | Posted by in inspiration, science | 0

Hey world! It’s been a busy winter! Between finishing up book 3 in the MY LIFE IS A ZOO series and shoveling all this snow, I’ve been a little MIA around here. (But as usual, you can always find me on Twitter!) Since it’s Friday, I thought it would be fun to post another editionRead more …

Shark Teeth!

Jan 9, 2015 | Posted by in animals, for-teachers, nature, Outswim A Shark, science | 0

Happy Friday! It’s time to share our next #SharkNotes video! This video is all about shark teeth! We learn what makes shark teeth special, including the fascinating denticles that cover a shark’s entire body. Did you know sharks can help Olympians? Click the graphic below and find out!