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!
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!
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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