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 …

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 …

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!

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]