Stink Fight!

I am currently working on a series of picture books about animal adaptations. We all know about camels’ humps, bats’ echolocation, and rabbits’ camouflage. But as I research, I’m learning about so many obscure and wonderful adaptations that get little … Continue reading


I couldn’t believe it when my editor at Nomad told me that Biodiversity earned a starred review from Booklist. I’m honored. But not just because it’s my book. I’m honored because it has such valuable information in it about the … Continue reading


I know that spring officially arrived over a week ago, but it has seemed like winter just doesn’t want to let go. Despite this, the birds are singing, things are greening up, and the flowers are starting to make an … Continue reading

Jane Goodall

I came across a Jane Goodall quote I’d never heard before and it summed up everything I’ve been thinking: Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help, shall all be … Continue reading

Whale Earwax

Yup, you read right: whale earwax. Scientists study a lot of strange and amazing things, but that’s not one I thought I’d ever read about. Not that I’d thought about it at all. As it turns out, whales produce earwax … Continue reading

Monarch Butterflies

It probably comes as no surprise that many pollinators, especially bees and butterflies, are in danger due to pesticide use in agriculture, and habitat destruction and degradation. Monarch butterflies are among them. In some places the numbers have dropped by … Continue reading


Alligators may seem like an unlikely subject on a snowy March morning in Colorado when it is below zero outside. The thing is, when I’m waiting, waiting, waiting for spring to come, my mind turns to warmer climates. And lately, … Continue reading

Coral Nurseries

There really is such a thing as a coral nursery! In fact, there are many. In the early 2000s, a man named Ken Nedimeyer discovered that he could purposefully grow and transplant coral back onto damaged reefs. In time he founded … Continue reading

Winter Wonderings

Admittedly, I am not a fan of winter. In fact, I am quite ready for winter to be over – for the birds to return, for the flowers to bloom, for the air to warm. That said, winter is not … Continue reading

The Plastic Problem

The invention of plastic certainly revolutionized the world. And slowly but surely people have found more uses for it. It’s crept into just about every aspect of life. Look around you. You’d be hard pressed to NOT find something made, … Continue reading