science

It’s a Shark Party!

Apr 27, 2017 | Posted by in animals, books, nature, reading, science, Shark Lady, writing | 0

My book Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist is coming out on June 6th! To celebrate, I’ve scoured the craftiest corners of the Internet for some shark-centric party ideas! Shark Lady is all about celebrating women in science, as well as showcasing curiosity, courage, and a daring heart. IRead more …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

Keating Creature #2 is ALIVE!

May 6, 2014 | Posted by in animals, nature, newsletters, science | 0

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!

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 …

International Polar Bear Day!

Feb 27, 2014 | Posted by in animals, nature, science | 0

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 darnRead more …