Carolrhoda Books 2001, 2004

48 pp. hardcover

Grades 3-6

The books in this series take readers on an intimate walk or journey into eleven distinctive North American biomes, six terrestrial and five aquatic. Each title was written and designed to create a “you are there” experience, rich with photographs and illustrations that resemble sketches torn from a field notebook.

Reviews & Awards

Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year

Society of School Librarians International Best Book Award

Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award

National Science Teachers Association Recommended


“With relaxed, clear prose and beautiful color illustrations on every page, these titles…bring close the general facts of the water habitats as well as the details of the individual plants, birds, animals, and insects that make their homes there. The action will draw readers, and so will the dramatic particulars of small things. The connections make a vivid environmental story of a community of living things.”

The Horn Book Guide

“Readers tour each biome, learning about its vegetation and animal population. In a clear design, the accessible text and many color photographs follow an animal (blue heron, beaver, sea turtle, otter, alligator) in its habitat. Descriptions of the climate and information about other inhabitants are woven into the narrative – an effective tool to demonstrate the interactions among living things.”

“….the simple design and clearly written, informative text will appeal to readers who enjoy nature.”

Science Books & Films

“…a series that will truly take you to each location. The excellent text, accompanied by outstanding photographs  will make you actually feel as though you are there. The descriptions of the sights, sounds, smells, and even textures will astound the reader….Students will be checking out these easy-to-read books filled with fascinating facts on a regular basis! Good as a reference and fun to browse, this series is a must for every library and a great addition to any life science classroom.”

School Library Journal

“Johnson offers clear, concise definitions of these biomes and discusses the distinguishing features of each…The many full-color, close-up photographs and black-and-white drawings are sure to engage readers’ interest.”

Science and Children

“The visual appeal of these three books and the high level of information make them a valuable addition to a middle school library, especially for students with high interest but low reading ability.”

Children’s Book and Play Review

“…vivid, breathtaking, and provocative photos…the books are beautiful, fascinating, and informative.”

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