Friends! I have some amazing news to share with you! Feast your eyes on my blurry pic! YESSSSSS. Guys, this book—this amazing woman—means so much to me. Sometimes book ideas come to you slowly, like tiny drops of water that slowly fill a cup. But sometimes, they show
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
How does a giant squid get from the ocean to your favorite museum? LET’S FIND OUT. As you’ve probably figured out, I’m a HUGE museum nerd. I recently discovered a wonderful webseries produced by the American Museum of Natural History called SHELF LIFE. I’ve always been fascinated with giant squid
Whoa! Did anyone else just blink and find that JUNE is here?! I’ve been buried in drafting lately, but I wanted to share some happy stuff from the last few weeks! In May, I got to attend the OLA’s Forest of Reading program, and their annual Red Maple Award ceremony.
Hey guys! Happy Spring! Last month, I participated in my very first World Read Aloud Day by Skyping with amazing readers in classrooms all over the place. It was incredible, and it was easy to feel the booklove and enthusiasm through the screen. Connecting with readers is one of my
My cheeky monkeys! Happy Valentine’s Day! I love Valentine’s Day, mainly because I enjoy the deeply discounted bags of candy at the drugstore. But! I also love that it’s a day to tell anyone how much you love them! And I LOVE YOU GUYS! I love readers. I love book
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
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!
Surprise! We’re celebrating How to Outswim a Shark Week, and I thought it would be fun to make some behind-the-scenes videos about the the nonfiction and science found in the book. Below you can find the first video in the series! In this video, we’re going to learn about what
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?!
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
Hello my cheeky monkeys! It has been a busy month here. In not-so-awesome news, I’m currently stuck on the couch with a bit of a bug. But! In less phlegmy-news, I have some fun pictures from London last month to share with you! It turned out to be one of
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,
Hey guys! There’s a new Keating Creature newsletter today and we’re chatting about different colors of blood! Spread the word to all the teachers and curious people you know, and enjoy!
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
YOU BETCHA. I’ve toyed with this idea for awhile (since fitting so much nerdy science into 140 characters can be difficult at times), and I’ve finally found an interface I LOVE. So here we go! Most of you are probably familiar with my #KeatingCreature hashtag, where I yak about cool
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
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.