Hey guys! Happy Spring! Last month, I participated in my very first World Read Aloud Day by Skyping with amazing readers in classrooms all over the place. It was incredible, and it was easy to feel the booklove and enthusiasm through the screen. Connecting with readers is one of my favorite parts of being an author, and it’s extra special when I get to see beautiful creations from the students’… (Read More)
My cheeky monkeys! Happy Valentine’s Day! I love Valentine’s Day, mainly because I enjoy the deeply discounted bags of candy at the drugstore. But! I also love that it’s a day to tell anyone how much you love them! And I LOVE YOU GUYS! I love readers. I love book people. And I really love teachers and librarians. To me, teachers and librarians are the ones who start it all…. (Read More)
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 edition of my Open Tabs! As you learned from our last open tabs update, this is a… (Read More)
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!
Surprise! We’re celebrating How to Outswim a Shark Week, and I thought it would be fun to make some behind-the-scenes videos about the the nonfiction and science found in the book. Below you can find the first video in the series! In this video, we’re going to learn about what an invertebrate is (a spineless wonder!), and round up three awesome invertebrates featured in the book. Click the video to… (Read More)
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 up a storm with our official How to Outswim a Shark Week launch! You can join… (Read More)
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’re so rare, we usually only see these things in illustrations like the one above, or in… (Read More)
Hello my cheeky monkeys! It has been a busy month here. In not-so-awesome news, I’m currently stuck on the couch with a bit of a bug. But! In less phlegmy-news, I have some fun pictures from London last month to share with you! It turned out to be one of the coolest, geekiest trips ever and was just what I needed to wrap up the hectic summer. I’m just now… (Read More)
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)
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!
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!
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)
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)
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)
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)
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!
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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