I’ve published more than 75 books for children and young adults, primarily for school and library markets.

My latest book features a collection of animals with ninja-worthy skills. Recently named a Junior Library Guild Selection, Nature’s Ninja will be released in late summer 2019.

Millbrook Press 2020

Other recent titles…

“Disguises are common in nature, but here, Johnson puts the spotlight on nine creatures who take mimicry or camouflage to a whole different level…From an assassin bug’s “Coat of Many Corpses” on, a truly astonishing look at some of nature’s most ingenious predatory or survival strategies.”

–starred review, Kirkus Reviews
Millbrook Press 2016
  • ALA Notable
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • 2016 Cybils Finalist

In nature, good defenses often mean the difference between surviving a predator’s attack and becoming its lunch. Meet creatures with some of the strangest defenses known to science, including hagfish that produce oodles of slippery slime and frogs that poke toe bones through their skin to create claws.

Millbrook Press 2014
  • Starred review, Kirkus Reviews
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books for Older Readers
  • New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

This award-winning book showcases some of nature’s most amazing zombie makers–from an ant-enslaving fungus to a cockroach-taming wasp–and their unfortunate zombified victims.

Millbrook Press 2013
  • ALSC Notable Children’s Book
  • Kirkus Best Children’s Books
  • New York Public Library Best Children’s Books
  • Junior Library Guild Selection and Top Pick
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

Drawing on discoveries made during the 10-year Census of Marine Life, Journey into the Deep takes readers from the ocean’s surface to its deepest trenches, introducing strange new life forms and the scientists who first discovered them.

Millbrook Press 2011
  • VOYA Nonfiction Honor List
  • 2011 Orbis Pictus Award
  • Benjamin Franklin Award
  • Chicago Public Library Best Book
  • Junior Library Guild Selection