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!
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 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,
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
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!
Happy Monday! I had a recent request for a big cat video and decided to break out the chemistry this week! Wildlife photographers have their work cut out for them. They need to take great pictures, but sometimes getting an animal to pay attention (or even be anywhere near you!)
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 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 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 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
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
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
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!
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