Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

About Habitats: Polar Regions

Part of About Habitats

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

This beginner’s guide and classroom favorite explores the Arctic and Antarctic biomes,  their beauty, and global diversity. From the creators of the award-winning About Habitats and About… series.

In this addition to the About Habitats series, former educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what the Polar Regions are—from the frozen deserts of Antarctica to the ice floes of the Arctic Ocean—along with what kinds of animals and plants live there, how they have adapted to life in the environment, and why they’re important.

Noted wildlife illustrator John Sill offers full-color illustrations depicting the various landscapes and species of animals and plants. A glossary and afterword provide further details. Great for early childhood and elementary units on geography and habitats, nature and environment.

The About Habitats series introduces children to specific habitats and their living and nonliving components. Each book in the series provides information about the nature and characteristics of the habitat while the full-page illustrations expand on that information.

Also available by Cathryn and John Sill:
About Habitats: Deserts
About Habitats: Forests
About Habitats: Grasslands
About Habitats: Mountains
About Habitats: Oceans
About Habitats: Rivers and Streams
About Habitats: Seashores
About Habitats: Wetlands


Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―National Science Teachers Association, Children’s Book Council
NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-832-5
Publication Date: 8/1/2015
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
AR Level: 3.0
F&P: GRL M, Gr 1, Genre I
Lexile: NC780L
Themes: Polar Regions Animals, Polar Regions Characteristics, Polar Regions Geography, Polar Regions Plant Life
BISAC 1: JNF051100 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems
BISAC 2: JNF037020 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
BISAC 3: JNF051080 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Earth Sciences / General


“A solid read-aloud to introduce young children to this area of the world.” ―School Library Journal

“Given the demand for informational picture books on Arctic and Antarctic regions and their wildlife, libraries will find this a particularly useful addition to the Sills’ handsome About Habitat series.” ―Booklist Online

“Easily accessible…” ―The Horn Book Guide


Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―National Science Teachers Association, Children’s Book Council, 2016

NSTA Recommends – National Science Teachers Association, 2015

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2016

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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.