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,
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
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
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
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,
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
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.
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
Hello my cheeky monkeys! It’s been a long, cold winter but something bright came in the mail today. Look! My book is real! THE ARCS ARE HERE! Even the spines look pretty. I can’t express what a cool feeling it is to hold this in my hands! It’s so humbling
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
Update! I am happy to report that my book HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED is up on GOODREADS! Ahh! If you are a Goodreads person, GO FORTH AND CLICKITY-CLICK! Also! It is on Amazon now! Things are getting REAL! If that’s not enough wildlife for
It is FINALLY FRIDAY. Here are some THINGS for you: HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES IS UNTIED isn’t available for preorder yet – it’s not out until next June! But that didn’t stop lovely friend from sending me this! My first pre-order! And no, her last
My cheeky monkeys! Today I want to let you know about a new writing craft book that you might want to add to your shelves. Scratch that, YOU DO want to add to your shelves. Because it is awesome. Lisa Cron’s WIRED FOR STORY focuses on telling a great story.
Hello my cheeky little reading monkeys! Just a quick post to let you know that the Young Adult Book Central CHOICE AWARD nominations are up! Two reasons for this. One: you should go vote so your favorites can win! And two: if you’re in a bit of a reading slump