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 …

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 …

A Thank You

Jun 10, 2014 | Posted by in Outrun a Croc | 1

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 oftenRead more …

Crocodile SWAG!

May 26, 2014 | Posted by in Outrun a Croc | 1

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 yourRead 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!

CROC gets a STAR!

May 1, 2014 | Posted by in Outrun a Croc | 0

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 theRead more …

Book #2 Cover Reveal!

Apr 28, 2014 | Posted by in books, Outrun a Croc, Outswim A Shark | 1

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 isRead 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 …

HERE BE BLOBFISH!

Apr 16, 2014 | Posted by in animals, books, Pink is for Blobfish | 4

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 likeRead 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!

My Very First Blurb!

Mar 7, 2014 | Posted by in books, Outrun a Croc | 0

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 thatRead 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 …

SWEET UNREST Cover Reveal!

Jan 23, 2014 | Posted by in books | 0

Hello my cheeky monkeys! Have I got a sweet surprise for you today?! My agency-sister Lisa Maxwell is celebrating her cover reveal, and I’m so thrilled to help her out here! SWEET UNREST is going to take bookshelves by storm next fall, but you can see the cover NOW! I know you guys will skimRead more …

Cover Lovin’!

Jan 8, 2014 | Posted by in Outrun a Croc | 2

What a week it’s been so far! I’m hard at work at the second book in the MY LIFE IS A ZOO series, but came out of the cave to post something beautiful! My debut MG has a COVER! Several lovely people joined in on a cover reveal a few days ago, but in caseRead more …

Happy Holidays!

Dec 12, 2013 | Posted by in illustration | 1

Is it that time already?! Just coming out of the revision cave to wish you all a safe and wonderful holiday season! May your days be merry and bright! (And filled with candy canes.)