Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

About Habitats: Grasslands

Part of About Habitats

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

This beginner’s guide explores the major attributes of the grassland 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 grasslands are and what kinds of animals and plants live there. John Sill’s detailed, full-color illustrations reflect the diversity of grasslands and the wide variety of the plants and animals that live in grassland habitats. A glossary and afterword provide further fascinating details about grasslands to inspire readers to learn more.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-559-1
Publication Date: 2/1/2011
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-034-1
Publication Date: 2/1/2018
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
AR Level: 2.2
F&P: GRL J, Gr 1, Genre I
Lexile: AD630L
Themes: Grasslands Animals, Grasslands Characteristics, Grasslands Geography, Grasslands Plant Life
BISAC 1: JNF051100 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems
BISAC 2: JNF051180 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Earth Sciences / Geography
BISAC 3: JNF003000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / General


“Great for classroom sharing.” ―Booklist

“Learn what grasslands are and how wildlife survives in diverse environments. Realistic illustrations. Includes map, glossary, and bibliography.” ―Bank Street College of Education

“Husband and wife team, Cathryn and John Sill, in their ‘About…’ and ‘About Habitats…’ series, are doing important work about nature and conservation. Their readable text and gorgeous art defines terms, explains habitats, and makes connections about the environment, living things and survival…” ―Hickory Ridge Reader

“An award-winning nature series for the very young, the Sills’ series are fabulously detailed and informative guides…beautifully illustrated…Perfect fodder to first-time book reports.” ―The Voice-Tribune

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“Clear, distinctive text narrates the facts about the habitat, its distinguishing characteristics, and the plant and animal life there …The Sills’ love of science is evident in the text and lovely, full-paged art that adds detail to the information…” ―Simply Science

“There is quite literally something for every level of reader…Absolutely a must have book and series for young scientists as well as those looking to learn more about the world we live in!” ―There’s a Book

“This is a beautiful book…It’s simply beautiful. There is no other word that can describe this arrangement…The book itself gets you interested, and then it offers you a way to satisfy your emerging curiosity without having to track down more resources…” ―A Word’s Worth

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Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―National Science Teacher Association, Children’s Book Council, 2012

NSTA Recommends – National Science Teachers Association, 2012

Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2012

North Carolina Author Awards (Nominee, AAUW Award for Juvenile Literature) ―North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 2011

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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.