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!

A Book Birthday!

Jan 6, 2015 | Posted by in Outswim A Shark | 1

It’s here! It’s here! HOW TO OUTSWIM A SHARK WITHOUT A SNORKEL is in the wild today! It’s the second book in the MY LIFE IS A ZOO series, and I’m so excited to share it with you! Here it is, paired up with its buddy! Aren’t they lovely?!   To celebrate, I’m tweeting upRead more …

Deep Sea Creepers!

Nov 25, 2014 | Posted by in animals, for-teachers, inspiration, nature | 0

I’m taking a break from some drafting to post something of UTMOST IMPORTANCE. Something that couldn’t wait! Something that will shake you to your very core! What is is, you ask? THIS GUY. This is an anglerfish. If it’s not THE creepiest thing on the planet, it’s at least in the top ten. Because they’reRead more …

Red Maple Nominee!

Oct 15, 2014 | Posted by in books, for-teachers, Outrun a Croc | 4

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 beRead more …

A CROC Activity Kit!

Sep 10, 2014 | Posted by in for-teachers, Outrun a Croc, science | 0

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! [wpdm_file id=1]

Tuesday Beauty, and a book signing!

Aug 26, 2014 | Posted by in animals, for-teachers, science | 1

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 everyoneRead more …