Hi all! I recently published a post for Tara Lazar’s Storystorm, and woke up to an absolute flurry of comments! So many people mentioned they wanted to print out some quotes from the post for their offices or notebooks, so I wanted to make it easier for you! Click below the
Hey there! Thank you so much for reading What Makes a Monster! I love connecting with readers, but it can be hard to meet with everyone in person! To make up for it, I created this free virtual visit to go along with the book! I hope you enjoy it!
For as long as I can remember… I’ve been writing with Hans Zimmer. As a ten year old, I would listen to the score of the Lion King on repeat, while diligently crafting Nala-taking-over-the-pride fanfiction and eating way too many Twizzlers. As a kid in high school, themes from Gladiator
It’s #pb10for1o Day! This is a fun day created by Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek to inspire everyone to get reading more picture books. To participate, all you have to do is round up ten of your favorites! It’s a fantastic way to build your TBR list, so hop onto Twitter
Hey, readers! I’m thrilled to show off the What Makes a Monster trailer today! The lovely Mr. Schu Reads was kind enough to debut this for me, along with a really fun word association game. Check it out to get even more of a peek at the book! I was
It’s a Shark Lady birthday party! Thank you so much to all of you for joining in the fun online to help usher Shark Lady into the world. I hope she finds her way to every kid with big-as-a-whale-shark dreams! As a thank you, I created a free virtual visit
Hey everyone! We are officially THREE DAYS away from the release of Shark Lady and I am celebrating with a whole bunch of goodies! I made a Shark Lady book trailer! This video is short and sweet, and provides a nice introduction to the book for your classroom and readers. Hope you enjoy it!
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,
We are almost one year out from the first publication of PINK IS FOR BLOBFISH! When I was first brainstorming this book, I knew I wanted it to be a little different. It’s definitely a book full of weird creatures, but at its heart (to me, that is), it’s a
Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends! I hope you have a wonderful, restful, pie-ful weekend! (And that you enjoy this brief video I made while I was sick!)
One of my favorite things about being an author is getting to unveil something top secret like a new cover! I’ve received so many letters and emails from young readers about the cover of PINK IS FOR BLOBFISH. Many think our cover model is disgusting—and many think he’s cute! But
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!
Happy Monday! I had a recent request for a big cat video and decided to break out the chemistry this week! Wildlife photographers have their work cut out for them. They need to take great pictures, but sometimes getting an animal to pay attention (or even be anywhere near you!)
Hey team! I’ve got a great new video up on the channel today! I’m debuting a new segment in my Animals for Smart People series called Youtube Animals—all about incredible animals of history! I will be intermingling these videos with my usual science content on the channel! Sam (his real
Have you ever wondered about bat poop? No? Well have I got a treat for you. Check out this week’s Animals for Smart People video for something very, very cool. Spoiler alert: bat poop is SPARKLY! Have a great week!
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
My pal Josh Funk informed me today that it is National Zookeepers Week! It’s a good day for story time: As a kid, I always thought it would be so cool to live in a zoo. I wanted hippos and lemurs as neighbors! I even asked my parents if they
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
Hey gang! It’s no secret to most of you that I’m a huge fan of producing videos for kids and readers. Today, I’m happy to reveal a new series! ‘Write with Jess Keating’ is a growing video collection for kid readers and writers! To start, I’m releasing these ten videos that tackle
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
It’s not everyday you get to wake up to Valentine cards for blobfish. In my time as an author (and throughout my life as a reader!), I’ve seen firsthand the generosity of booksellers, teachers, and librarians. You’d think I’d be used to it by now! But no, they never cease
Hey lovely nerds! I’m so happy to announce that PINK IS FOR BLOBFISH was chosen to be a #SharpSchu Book Club pick for March! And to top it off, it’s paired up with Julie Falatko’s SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR! I’ve known and loved Colby and Johnny for a long time now, and
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!
Hey party people! We are officially 3 days away from the release of PINK IS FOR BLOBFISH! I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by—it seems like only yesterday I was writing this book and researching creatures, and soon it will be wild in the world. I hope you
Hello my cheeky monkeys! I wanted to share a fun new thing I’ve been working on lately. If you follow me online or read any of my books, you know I’m a huge fan of animals and science. In particular, I love educating people about the incredible marvels of the