Red Maple Nominee!

By jesskeating on October 15th 2014 in books, for-teachers, Outrun a Croc

MY CHEEKY MONKEYS! I can finally share my news this morning! HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED is nominated for the Forest of Reading RED MAPLE AWARD! The Forest of Reading is Canada’s largest children’s lit festival (think Woodstock for kids books!), and I’m absolutely floored, honored, and bouncy-giddy to be nominated alongside such incredible authors! They’ve all impacted my reading life, and it really is… (Read More)

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Red Blood, Green Blood, Yellow Blood, Spock’s Blood!

By jesskeating on September 17th 2014 in animals, for-teachers, nature, newsletters

Hey guys! There’s a new Keating Creature newsletter today and we’re chatting about different colors of blood! Spread the word to all the teachers and curious people you know, and enjoy!  

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A CROC Activity Kit!

By jesskeating on September 10th 2014 in for-teachers, Outrun a Croc, science

Teachers, librarians, and parents: this one’s for you! The amazing folks at Jabberwocky Kids have put together a How to Outrun a Crocodile ACTIVITY KIT! It’s adorable, clever, and FULL of fun activities for your classroom, so hop to it and download your copy! Let me know what you think!

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Tuesday Beauty, and a book signing!

By jesskeating on August 26th 2014 in animals, for-teachers, science

Hello my cheeky monkeys! I came across this stunning piece today about the Portguese Man-of-War and wanted to share it with you. The Man-of-War looks like a jellyfish, but it’s actually a creature that is composed of a colony of animals, called zooids. This video is kid-friendly, too! From the photographer, Aaron Ansarov: “In an age when everyone is constantly bombarded with visuals, it’s easy to take a quick look at an image… (Read More)

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Jess’s Open Tabs!

By jesskeating on July 22nd 2014 in inspiration, Open Tabs

Hey world! Before I forget: I joined INSTAGRAM! You should find me so we can hang out, all picture-like. I’m jesskeatingbooks! I was going to say what a busy week it has been, but in all honesty the entire YEAR so far has felt like one big marathon! I have LOTS of updates for you, but they will have to wait until I get my head on straight after revision-mode!… (Read More)

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A Thank You

A Thank You

By jesskeating on June 10th 2014 in Outrun a Croc

WOW. It’s been a week since HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE was officially released into the wild, and I have to admit–I am completely overwhelmed! I feel like the luckiest author around. Some of you (most of you?) probably know that I’m Canadian, and living in Canada. Because the release dates for US and Canada often differ by a few weeks, I knew I wouldn’t be able to go out to… (Read More)

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Crocodile SWAG!

Crocodile SWAG!

By jesskeating on May 26th 2014 in Outrun a Croc

Well, my cheeky monkeys, the time is almost here! In just over a week, CROC will be cruising its way to a bookstore near you. And the amazing folks at Sourcebooks Jabberwocky are at it again! Check out what I just received in the mail. CROCMARKS!   Paired with stickers and postcards (so you can write your long-lost buds just like Ana does in the book, of course), I think they make… (Read More)

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Keating Creature #2 is ALIVE!

By jesskeating on May 6th 2014 in animals, nature, newsletters, science

Today we’re talking bioluminescence, root beer floats, and superheroes! Happy reading! If you’d like to view this issue on its own page, go here! If you’d like to get Keating Creature issues delivered to you/your classroom via email, click the “Follow Jess Keating” button at the bottom of this page!

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CROC gets a STAR!

CROC gets a STAR!

By jesskeating on May 1st 2014 in Outrun a Croc

I have the happiest news to share today! KIRKUS reviewed my book and gave it a STAR! I was able to stop freaking out long enough to cut/paste the review. (And possibly print if off and roll around with it.) Here’s what they said: KIRKUS REVIEW Living in a zoo wouldn’t be so bad if the whole school didn’t know about it. Middle school is tough under the best of circumstances,… (Read More)

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Book #2 Cover Reveal!

Book #2 Cover Reveal!

By jesskeating on April 28th 2014 in books, Outrun a Croc, Outswim A Shark

BA-DUM. BA-DUM. BA-DUMDUM DUMDUM DUMDUM DUMDUMDUMDUMDUMDUMDUMDUMDUM. Okay looking back I probably should have just embedded the JAWS theme here, but you can pretend for me, because I come bearing SHARKS! What a WHIRLWIND these past few months have been! With one month to go before Book 1 of the MY LIFE IS A ZOO series is out in the wild, I’m finding things are really picking up speed. And what’s more… (Read More)

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A Keating Creature… newsletter?!

By jesskeating on April 22nd 2014 in animals, newsletters, Outrun a Croc, science

YOU BETCHA. I’ve toyed with this idea for awhile (since fitting so much nerdy science into 140 characters can be difficult at times), and I’ve finally found an interface I LOVE. So here we go! Most of you are probably familiar with my #KeatingCreature hashtag, where I yak about cool animals and general get my nerd on about science stuff. The new Keating Creature newsletter will be an extension of… (Read More)

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Fantastic Earth Day Authors!

Fantastic Earth Day Authors!

By jesskeating on April 22nd 2014 in animals, inspiration, nature, science

It’s Earth Day! See this teensy little dot? That’s EARTH! It looks like this when you’re a little bit closer: To celebrate Earth Day, I thought I’d share some of my favorite authors that write about lovely Earth-related goodness. If you’re looking for some great nonfiction (for you or your little monkeys), check them out! Melissa Stewart As the author of A ZILLIONTY awesome nonfiction books, Melissa is such an inspiration to me. Her… (Read More)

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HERE BE BLOBFISH!

HERE BE BLOBFISH!

By jesskeating on April 16th 2014 in animals, books, Pink is for Blobfish

I have some exciting news, my cheeky monkeys! If you follow this blog (or my twitter, where I’m always yammering on about some science thing or another), you know I’m a HUGE fan of zoology and always eager to spread the word about this world’s strangest and most bizarre creatures. (Sidenote: If you would like a comprehensive list of weirdoes, check out the #KeatingCreature tab at the top of this… (Read More)

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MLLA Blog Hop: My Writing Process

MLLA Blog Hop: My Writing Process

By jesskeating on April 14th 2014 in inspiration, writing

It’s SPRING! Have some flowers and pollen! Nothing says spring like a blog hop, so when the lovely Marci Curtis asked if I wanted to join in with some other MLLAers, I couldn’t say no! Here’s a look inside my super official, incredibly fancy writing process. Question #1: What am I working on? This post. NEXT! Okay sorry. I’m actually not used to talking about my WIPs, probably because deep… (Read More)

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Slow Life

By jesskeating on April 3rd 2014 in animals, inspiration, nature

Sometimes you just need to slow down, take a breath, and watch some beautiful time lapsed coral. Make you sure you embiggen the video to see all the gorgeous details! I hope you’re all having a happy start to Spring! Note: There are more videos from this photographer here!

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My Very First Blurb!

By jesskeating on March 7th 2014 in books, Outrun a Croc

Okay, deep breath. MY BOOK GOT ITS FIRST BLURB! And, ladies and gents, it just so happens to be from one of the coolest writers around, none other than Anna Staniszewski. Her books have been auto-buys for me for ages, because of her hilarious characters and fresh takes on tween drama. It’s totally possible that I just wrote her an incredibly gushy email, because I could not CONTAIN myself, because… (Read More)

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International Polar Bear Day!

By jesskeating on February 27th 2014 in animals, nature, science

Hey folks! What’s this? Two posts in one week? Is someone trying to stave off the bitter cold by spending more time inside blogging?! YOU BETCHA. It’s International Polar Bear Day today. You all know by now I’m an animal lover, and polar bears have a special place in my heart because they’re so darn awesome. Want proof? Here is a baby polar bear taking its first steps in the… (Read More)

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ARCS! (The one where Jess flails about madly…)

ARCS! (The one where Jess flails about madly…)

By jesskeating on February 25th 2014 in books, Outrun a Croc

Hello my cheeky monkeys! It’s been a long, cold winter but something bright came in the mail today. Look! My book is real! THE ARCS ARE HERE! Even the spines look pretty. I can’t express what a cool feeling it is to hold this in my hands! It’s so humbling to see something you (and many other people!) have worked so hard on over the years take shape into something… (Read More)

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SWEET UNREST Cover Reveal!

SWEET UNREST Cover Reveal!

By jesskeating on January 23rd 2014 in books

Hello my cheeky monkeys! Have I got a sweet surprise for you today?! My agency-sister Lisa Maxwell is celebrating her cover reveal, and I’m so thrilled to help her out here! SWEET UNREST is going to take bookshelves by storm next fall, but you can see the cover NOW! I know you guys will skim over all the blah-blah to see the goods, so FIRST — HERE YOU GO! Awesome,… (Read More)

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Cover Lovin’!

By jesskeating on January 8th 2014 in Outrun a Croc

What a week it’s been so far! I’m hard at work at the second book in the MY LIFE IS A ZOO series, but came out of the cave to post something beautiful! My debut MG has a COVER! Several lovely people joined in on a cover reveal a few days ago, but in case you missed it: Feast your eyes! Isn’t it lovely?! The entire team at Sourcebooks Jabberwocky… (Read More)

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Happy Holidays!

By jesskeating on December 12th 2013 in illustration

Is it that time already?! Just coming out of the revision cave to wish you all a safe and wonderful holiday season! May your days be merry and bright! (And filled with candy canes.)  

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Goodreads! (and red pandas!)

By jesskeating on September 19th 2013 in books, Outrun a Croc

Update! I am happy to report that my book HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED is up on GOODREADS! Ahh! If you are a Goodreads person, GO FORTH AND CLICKITY-CLICK! Also! It is on Amazon now! Things are getting REAL! If that’s not enough wildlife for you, here is Lincoln, the Red Panda! 

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Beasts, Living Gears, and Colorblind Painters

By jesskeating on September 13th 2013 in animals, inspiration, science

Hello, my cheeky little monkeys! This week has brought some exciting stuff. First off, J.K Rowling is at it again! That’s right! She is writing a screenplay about FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM! This basically means we get a whole series of movies about incredible, magical creatures of the wizarding world sooo… yeah. Best thing ever. Those of you who know me well know that Newt Scamander has… (Read More)

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Weekly Tweetly Roundup!

Weekly Tweetly Roundup!

By jesskeating on August 2nd 2013 in books, inspiration, nature, Outrun a Croc, writing

  It is FINALLY FRIDAY. Here are some THINGS for you: HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES IS UNTIED isn’t available for preorder yet – it’s not out until next June! But that didn’t stop lovely friend from sending me this! My first pre-order! And no, her last name isn’t really VON FLOOFINGTON. But she’s still pretty awesome. GUSH. The awesome folks over at YA Highway are having… (Read More)

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Picture Books, The Banana Song, and Synopsis Help!

By jesskeating on July 9th 2013 in inspiration, writing

Hello my cheeky monkeys! Lots going on this week. I’m currently working on a second book for Jabberwocky Kids! I am all kinds of excited to work on another book with them, and I cannot WAIT to tell you more about it! (Also, it is very surreal to be working on another book before HOW TO OUTRUN A CROC is even published. Weird.) But for now, it is top secret!… (Read More)

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