Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

About Habitats: Oceans

Part of About Habitats

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

A thoughtful yet entertaining glimpse into the amazing world of the ocean for young children.

In simple, easy-to-understand language, this guide teaches children what oceans are and what kinds of animals and plants live there. A glossary and afterword provide readers with further fascinating details.

Award-winning author Cathryn Sill and her husband, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill, offer young readers an informative and entertaining first glimpse into ocean habitats.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-618-5
Publication Date: 2/1/2012
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-960-5
Publication Date: 8/1/2016
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
AR Level: 2.5
F&P: GRL J, Gr 1, Genre I
Lexile: AD630L
Themes: Ocean Animals, Ocean  Characteristics, Ocean  Geography, Ocean Plant Life
BISAC 1: JNF037070 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Earth Sciences / Water (Oceans, Lakes, etc.)
BISAC 2: JNF051100 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems
BISAC 3: JNF003150 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Marine Life


“This handsome volume from the Sills’ About Habitats series introduces the world’s largest habitat…The paintings are notable for the subtle use of color to recreate effects of water and light within the scenes…[A] fine addition to science collections…” ―Booklist

“Using simple, easy-to-understand language, the author introduces readers to characteristics of oceans and the wildlife found within them. Luminous watercolor paintings illustrate the brief text.” ―Booklist Online

“A lovely primer on Earth’s largest habitat, this book illustrates all the ocean basics with spare text and vivid watercolors. A detailed afterword allows readers to dig deeper.” ―Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine

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“Spouses Cathryn and John Sill team up to create an informative, spare text and lovely, detailed watercolor book that conveys the majesty of the ocean and the amazing variety of life forms within…” ―Washington Parent

“A strong pick for any children’s picturebook collection looking for books on science and nature…” ―Midwest Book Review

“A beautiful, simple look at the ocean and the lifeforms that inhabit it. Perfect for young children! Light, airy illustrations paired with informative text make this book a real winner…”Red River Family Magazine

“The author and the illustrator brought their talents together to create this fun yet educational book to stimulate a child’s mind and curiosity about the creatures of the ocean and their habitats…” ―It’s About Time, MaMaw

“I really thought this was an interesting read. The text (the meat) of the story was in easy to read, kid friendly terms, with short sentences and awesome illustrations (more on that later). But then–when you flip to the afterword, there are all sorts of facts about each page, giving even more detail and information…All in all, a great book. I can’t wait to share it in my classroom.” ―Maestra Amanda’s Bookshelf

“What I like most is that it’s simple enough to share with preschoolers, but the afterward provides additional information that will appeal to older children. John’s illustrations are so beautiful…” ―What is Bridget Reading

“While Cathryn describes the variety of ocean bottom surfaces – flat and sandy, deep valleys, tall mountains – John illustrates the animals that live in those places: stingrays, scalloped hammerhead sharks, dolphins.” ―Sally’s Bookshelf

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Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―National Science Teachers Association, Children’s Book Council, 2013

NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association, 2012

North Carolina Author Awards (AAUW Award for Juvenile Literature) ―North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 2012

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association,  2013

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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.