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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Jess’s Open Tabs!

Jul 22, 2014 | Posted by in inspiration, Open Tabs | 2

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,Read more …

Fantastic Earth Day Authors!

Apr 22, 2014 | Posted by in animals, inspiration, nature, science | 1

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 AsRead more …

MLLA Blog Hop: My Writing Process

Apr 14, 2014 | Posted by in inspiration, writing | 2

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.Read more …

Slow Life

Apr 3, 2014 | Posted by in animals, inspiration, nature | 3

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!

It’s A Small World

Jun 13, 2013 | Posted by in inspiration, nature | 0

When I was a little chipmunk, I used to spend hours sprawled out on the ground with a magnifying glass. I LOVED discovering the teeny details of the world that we often missed, and many of the things I found ended up as inspiration for stories. Nooks and crannies become entire worlds, simple things becameRead more …