OCEAN SPEAKS: How Marie Tharp Revealed the Ocean’s Biggest Secret (with Tundra Books, June 30, 2020)

From a young age, Marie Tharp loved watching the world. She loved solving problems. And she loved pushing the limits of what girls and women were expected to do and be. In the mid-twentieth century, women were not welcome in the sciences, but Marie had other plans.

OCEAN SPEAKS tells the story of one amazing woman, and how she discovered the ocean’s biggest secret.

Great for kids who love:

  • Science, exploration, and discovery
  • Vibrant, detailed illustrations
  • True stories, clever characters and ocean curiosities
  • Lyrical writing, inspiring people, and brave women

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EAT YOUR ROCKS, CROC! Dr. Glider’s Advice for Troubled Animals (with Scholastic, May 4th, 2020)

When animals have problems, they call on Dr. Sugar Glider to help!

Dr. Sugar Glider travels around the world to help animals (and, on occasion, plants!) with all sorts of problems. Whether it’s a crocodile with a sick stomach, a creeped-out krill, a stressed meerkat, or a male praying mantis trying to date, Dr. Glider is ready to offer advice!

From powerhouse duo Jess Keating (Pink Is for Blobfish) and New York Times bestselling illustrator Pete Oswald (The Bad Seed), Eat Your Rocks, Croc! features hilarious stories, charming illustrations, and awesome true facts that will leave young readers enthralled by the real world of the animal kingdom. Robust back matter, featuring a glossary and photographs of the featured creatures, makes this the perfect fit for the school curriculum.

Great for kids who love:

  • Animals, science, and nature
  • Hilarious characters and situations
  • Exploring the world and learning amazing facts
  • Funny illustrations, comics, and cartoons

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BUNBUN & BONBON: FANCY FRIENDS (Bunbun & Bonbon Book #1; with Graphix, September 2020)

A lonely bunny named Bunbun meets a fancy candy named Bonbon in this adorable young graphic novel.
Bunbun has it all: a delightful Bunbun nose, a winning Bunbun smile, a ridiculously cute Bunbun tail, and not one, but two adorable Bunbun ears. But Bunbun doesn’t have a friend — until Bunbun meets Bonbon. Learning how to be fancy and eating donuts for lunch are two of the duo’s many adventures in this irresistible young graphic novel by acclaimed author and illustrator Jess Keating. Hop hop hooray!

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Great for kids who love:

  • Funny, memorable characters
  • Comics and cartoons
  • Sweet settings, and imaginative stories
  • Learning to read on their own!

NIKKI TESLA AND THE FERRET-PROOF DEATH RAY (Elements of Genius Book #1; with Scholastic, July 2019)

NIKKI TESLA AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE BLING (Elements of Genius Book #2; with Scholastic, February 2020)

NIKKI TESLA AND THE TRAITORS OF THE LOST SPARK (Elements of Genius Book #3; with Scholastic, July 2020)

Read an excerpt here!

There are only so many times a kid can invent an instrument of global destruction without getting grounded. So when Nikki’s death ray accidentally blows up her bedroom (if you can call a pet ferret with an itchy trigger finger an accident), she’s sent to the only place that can handle her. Genius Academy is a school for history’s greatest brains. Leo da Vinci? Charlotte Darwin? Bert Einstein? All extraordinary. Yet even among her fellow prodigies, Nikki feels like an outsider thanks to a terrible secret she can’t let anyone discover. Ever.

But when her death ray is stolen, Nikki must stop worrying about fitting in and learn to play nice with her new classmates. Because it doesn’t take a genius to track a thief around the world, outwit the authorities, and keep a French fry fanatic ferret happy. It takes all of them.

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Great for kids who love:

  • Action, adventure, and intriguing spy stories
  • Science, tech, and gadgetry
  • World travel, exploration, and a good old fashioned villain
  • Clever kids, high stakes, and hilarious comebacks



A beautiful, lyrical nonfiction picture book about shark scientist (and all around amazing woman!) Eugenie Clark! This book not only depicts a ‘real life’ view of science, but also dozens of amazing creatures and the role that Eugenie Clark has played in shark research and ocean conservation. Along with the text, the illustrations are meticulously detailed, and every inch of them is scientifically robust, making this a great book to prompt discussions, explorations in science, and STEM units!

Great for kids who love:

  • Sharks, the ocean, and other marine animals
  • Adventure, science, nerdy-brilliant-girls-in-action
  • to see incredible examples of women in STEM fields
  • vibrant, wonder-inducing illustrations

“Boldly hued and fluidly graceful, illustrations from Marta Álvarez Miguéns, complete with fun facts and a timeline, creatively convey Eugenie’s courage and determination as she dives into books, laboratories, education, and open waters to share her love and knowledge of the often misunderstood predators.” —Foreword Reviews

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A funny nonfiction series that explores the incredible world of weird and bizarre creatures. Full of amazing facts, eye-catching, colorful (and sometimes gross!) photos, and illustrator David DeGrand’s goofy-wonderful cartoons. A must-read series for curious kids.

Great for kids who love:

  • too-cool-to-be-true animal facts
  • hilarious comics
  • stinky, scaly, slimy, cuddly, or feathery creatures
  • exploring the world one page at a time

“A playful introduction to the kookier corners of the animal kingdom.” —Booklist


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The hilarious and heartfelt adventures of a 12-year old girl who lives in a zoo with her zoologist parents, twin brother, and a host of scaly and feathered creatures. Contains loads of laughs, embarrassing moments, and animal poop.

Great for kids who love:

  • Funny books, moments, and characters
  • Animals, zoos, aquariums, and nature
  • Clever, brave, and adventurous characters

Kirkus Starred Review: “Following in the tradition of Judy Blume and Paula Danziger, debut author Keating delivers a fun-filled, pitch-perfect book…”

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