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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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
Sometimes you just need to slow down, take a breath, and watch some beautiful time lapsed coral. Make you sure you embiggen the video to see all the gorgeous details! I hope you’re all having a happy start to Spring! Note: There are more videos from this photographer here!
Hey folks! What’s this? Two posts in one week? Is someone trying to stave off the bitter cold by spending more time inside blogging?! YOU BETCHA. It’s International Polar Bear Day today. You all know by now I’m an animal lover, and polar bears have a special place in my
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
Thank you all so much for your lovely tweets and comments about my big news this week! It means so much to me to share it with you all! I’ve just added an author page on FB (noob alert!), so definitely join in here if that’s your thing! Some great
When I was a little chipmunk, I used to spend hours sprawled out on the ground with a magnifying glass. I LOVED discovering the teeny details of the world that we often missed, and many of the things I found ended up as inspiration for stories. Nooks and crannies become
“Kids are so very good at still being shape-shifters, and shifting into feathers and fur. They still understand that we are connected to everything in this world, and that we are part of an incredibly intricate woven web of life and creatures.” – Cornelia Funke With the warmer weather (sort
If you know me and how we do things around here, you know I’m no stranger to weird creatures. There are scary animals, wacky animals, deceptively simple and terrifying animals. It was only a matter of time before I cracked. Because, you see *whispers* animals aren’t the only creepily, jawdroppingly
T’was a week before Christmas and all through the house, Jess was writing about reindeer instead of the mouse. (Annnd that’s as far as my poetry skills go.) So with Santa on his way, I thought it was high time to tell you a little bit about reindeer. You know,