Children's author event with Heather L. Montgomery, author of Something Rotten and Little Monsters of the Ocean

Parnassus Books is pleased to welcome children's science writer Heather L. Montgomery for a discussion and signing of her latest books, Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill and Little Monsters of the Ocean: Metamorphosis Under the Waves. Read on for more information about Heather and her books, as well as important event guidelines.

Event Guidelines

This event is free and open to the public. To join the signing line and have books signed by the author at this event, please purchase one of Heather's books from Parnassus Books, either in-store, over the phone, or online (scroll down). The best way to support an author featured at a Parnassus event, as well as to support Parnassus for hosting the author and the event, is to purchase the author's new book from Parnassus. Your purchase also demonstrates to publishers that they should continue sending authors to Parnassus. 

Video recording, audio recording, and/or live-streaming during author appearances and signings is not possible without prior written permission from the publisher and Parnassus Books.

Can't make it to the event, but still want to purchase an autographed or personalized book? Place your order below, enter "signed copy" plus any personalization details in the comments section of your order, and we'll have Heather sign your books and ship them to you after the event!

More about Heather L. Montgomery

Heather L. Montgomery writes for kids who are wild about animals. The weirder, the wackier, the better. An award-winning educator, Heather uses yuck appeal to engage young minds. She has a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in environmental education and has published fifteen nonfiction books, including Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill,Bugs Don’t Hug, and Little Monsters in the Ocean: Metamorphosis Under the Waves. When she's not writing or teaching, Heather can be found climbing a tree, knee-deep in a creek, or digging into something rotten. Inquiry is her life! Visit her online at

More about Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill

When Heather L. Montgomery sees a rattlesnake flattened on the side of the road, her first instinct is to pick it up and dissect it -- she's always wanted to see how a snake's fangs retract when they close their mouths, and it's not exactly safe to poke around in a live reptile's mouth. A wildlife researcher with a special penchant for the animals that litter the roadways, Heather isn't satisfied with dissecting just one snake. Her fascination with roadkill sets her off on a journey from her own backyard and the roadways of the American South to scientists and kids in labs and homes across the globe. From biologists who use the corpses of Tasmanian devils to investigate cures for a contagious cancer, to a scientist who discovered a whole new species of bird from a single wing left behind, to a boy rebuilding animal bodies from the bones up, to a restaurant that serves up animal remnants, Heather discovers that death is just the beginning for these creatures.

Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill is an engaging narrative nonfiction and an eye-opening and irreverent look at the dead and dying animals that we pass by without a second thought -- as well as a fascinating insight to the scientific research process.

More about Little Monsters of the Ocean: Metamorphosis Under the Waves

Gushy or grimy, spindly or spiny, monsters lurk in every ocean on the earth.  With guts that gobble venom, mucus stringing from their rear-ends, and mouths that stab deep into bellies, you'd think we'd know all about them. But instead, most of us know nothing about these little monsters.

Little Monsters of the Ocean: Metamorphosis under the Waves yanks them out of the shadows and into the spotlight -- revealing these juvenile creatures in all of their morphing glory.

Who knew there is a larva who surfs on jellyfish? Who knew a roly-poly relative slurps up juice from inside a fish's eye? Who knew metamorphosis could be this much FUN!?!

Event date: 
Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215
Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681199009
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - October 16th, 2018

Little Monsters of the Ocean: Metamorphosis Under the Waves Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541528987
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Millbrook Press (Tm) - January 2019

Bugs Don't Hug: Six-Legged Parents and Their Kids Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580898164
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Charlesbridge - September 18th, 2018

Unsolved Mysteries of Nature (Unsolved Mystery Files) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781491442654
Availability: Special Order
Published: Capstone Press - August 2015