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The World of Coral Reefs

Explore and Protect the Natural Wonders of the Sea

by Erin Spencer, illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: water (oceans, lakes, etc.), environmental science & ecosystems, environmental conservation & protection

Coral reefs occupy less than 1% of the ocean floor, but they support 25% of all marine species with food and shelter. In this lavishly illustrated book for ages 7 to 10, marine ecologist and underwater explorer Erin Spencer provides fascinating, scientific information in a highly accessible format, including details about the types of coral, their …

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This is the Boat That Ben Built

by Jen Lynn Bailey, illustrated by Maggie Zeng
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: environment, stories in verse, fishes, birds, deer, moose & caribou

A humorous exploration of a northern river ecosystem with an intrepid young boatsman is paired with an extended author’s note about its ecology and key species.

Young Ben sets out to explore the river equipped with a sturdy boat, some sample-collection gear, and his scientific curiosity. Along the way he meets a black bear taking a swim, a moose a …

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Flow, Spin, Grow

Looking for Patterns in Nature

by Patchen Barss, illustrated by Todd Stewart
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 5
tagged: environmental science & ecosystems, anatomy & physiology

Look around you and discover nature's incredible patterns

Branching, spiraling, spinning—you can find patterns almost anywhere in nature, if you look for them. This book is a starting point that introduces kids to some major patterns in the natural world. Just as the branches of a tree spread upwards into the sky, roots branch deep into the ground …

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West Coast Wild at Low Tide

by Deborah Hodge, illustrated by Karen Reczuch
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: environmental science & ecosystems, marine life, zoology

Explore the wild shoreline of the majestic Pacific west coast and discover the spectacular array of colorful creatures living in rhythm with the tides.

At the edge of the Pacific Ocean, where land and sea meet, lies a narrow strip of beach called the intertidal zone. Endless tides move back and forth across the zone twice a day. A remarkable communi …

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Do Trees Have Mommies?

by Charles Bongers
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: trees & forests, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, squirrels, etc., environmental science & ecosystems

A wonder-filled picture book inspired by the science of trees.
With whimsical art and gentle text, Do Trees Have Mommies? translates scientific knowledge about the kinship structures of the forest into a beautiful and affirming book about how families and caregivers nurture the young. Discover all the ways in which a mother tree protects and nouris …

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Big as a Giant Snail

by Jess Keating, illustrated by David DeGrand
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: zoology, environmental science & ecosystems

Go big or go home! Meet the biggest weirdos on Earth in this colosally cool collection from the team that brought you Pink Is For Blobfish.

It's a big wide world, full of critters that are larger than life! Sure, there are the usual suspects: blue whales, polar bears, elephant seals . . . but others will take you by surprise. The giant snail, for in …

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Junior Field Guide: Plants of Nunavut

English Edition

by Carolyn Mallory, illustrated by Amiel Sandland
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 10
  • Grade: 3 to 4
tagged: native canadian, polar regions, environmental science & ecosystems, flowers & plants

Learn about the different plants that grow in the Arctic. Despite the cold climate, many plants grow in Nunavut and have important uses. This book provides information about some of these plants, what they look like, how they grow, and how they are used.

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Strangest Thing in the Sea, The

And Other Curious Creatures of the Deep

by Rachel Poliquin, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: marine life, zoology, activity books

An intriguing look at some very strange creatures in the sea --- but which is the strangest?

A feathery tutu dancing through the water? A tiptoeing rock wearing a wig? A mountain of skulls on the ocean floor? Not everything is quite as it seems in this fascinating exploration of 12 bizarre and little-known sea animals. Each creature is introduced wi …

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