Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

About Habitats: Forests

Part of About Habitats

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

This beginner’s guide explores the major attributes of the forest biome and showcases its striking beauty and remarkable diversity using examples from around the globe.

In this addition to the About Habitats series, award-winning author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what forests and are how various species of animals and plants have adapted to life in these habitats. John Sill’s detailed, full-color illustrations show the characteristics of different types of forests – from the cold boreal forests of the northern hemisphere to the warm tropical forests near the equator. A glossary and afterword provide further fascinating details about forests to inspire readers to learn more.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-734-2
Publication Date: 3/1/2014
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-126-3
Publication Date: 8/1/2019
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
AR Level: 2.5
GRL: J, Gr 1
Lexile: AD680L
Themes: Forests Animals, Forests Characteristics, Forests Geography, Forests Plant Life
BISAC 1: JNF051100 / JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems
BISAC 2: JNF037040 / JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Trees & Forests
BISAC 3: JNF037020 / JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection


“It can be easy to forget that sometimes readers just need a simple concept, presented without bells and whistles: this book does just that… This is another strong series book for the Sills and would be a fine addition to elementary school and public libraries.” ―School Library Journal

“The Sills do a good job of showing (and especially identifying) both plants and animals… A solid introduction…” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Teachers of young children will welcome this sixth volume of the About Habitats series. Using basic language, Cathryn Sill writes one sentence to describe each of John Sill’s beautifully detailed color paintings… This is an effective, gentle, and realistic introduction.” ―Booklist

“Need an engaging K-2 book to help you teach habitats? [About Habibats: Forests] does a wonderful job of introducing early childhood learners to forest habitats and the organisms found there … [About Habibats: Forests] supports Next Generation Science Standard 2-LS4-1 and would serve well as an introduction to the concept of habitat for the young learner.” ―NSTA Recommends


Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―National Science Teacher Association, Children’s Book Council, 2015

NSTA Recommends―National Science Teachers Association, 2014

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2015

North Carolina Author Awards (Nominee, AAUW Award for Juvenile Literature) ―North Carolina Literary & Historical Association, 2015

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Meet the Author

Cathryn Sill, a graduate of Western Carolina University, was an elementary school teacher for thirty years. She lives in North Carolina.

Meet the Illustrator

John Sill holds a BS in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. Combining his knowledge of wildlife and artistic skill, John has achieved an impressive reputation as a wildlife artist and received several awards. He lives in North Carolina. You can visit his website here.