Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

About Marine Mammals

A Guide for Children

Part of About…

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

A classroom favorite and first glimpse of marine mammals that’s ideal for budding oceanographers! From the creators of the award-winning About… and About Habitats series.

“A solid nonfiction treat for budding naturalists.” ―Booklist

In About Marine Mammals, former educator and author Cathryn Sill tells children what is essential for understanding and appreciating marine mammals—how they look, how they move, what they eat, and where they live. She covers animals as diverse as whales and otters to dolphins, polar bears, and more.

Noted wildlife illustrator John Sill offers beautifully detailed, realistic paintings to depict a variety of marine mammals, and an afterword provides more details.

About Marine Mammals is part of the award-winning About… series. Ideal for casual exploration as well as for early childhood and elementary science units on animals.

An Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12 ―National Science Teachers Association / Children’s Book Council

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-906-3
Publication Date: 8/1/2016
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-288-8
Publication Date: 2/1/2021
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-341-0
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 2.4
F&P:  GRL J, Gr 1, Genre I
Lexile: AD550L
Themes: Marine Mammal Behavior, Marine Mammal Characteristics, Marine Mammal Habitats
BISAC 1: JNF051100 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems
BISAC 2: JNF051150 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Zoology
BISAC 3: JNF003150 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Marine Life


“A lovely study of more than a dozen aquatic mammals, all captured in wildlife illustrator John Sill’s handsome watercolors.” ―Publishers Weekly

“This broad introduction to marine mammals covers major characteristics, using illustrations rendered in soft hues to captivate readers… A serviceable addition for young children interested in ocean wildlife.” ―School Library Journal

About Marine Mammals supports science learning by sharing essential information for understanding and appreciating marine mammals and is a perfect book to support early readers who are in love with the ocean and want to know more about the mammals that live there.” ―NSTA Recommends

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“Dependable fare for budding naturalists.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“A solid nonfiction treat for budding naturalists.” ―Booklist

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Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―National Science Teachers Association / Children’s Book Council, 2017

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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.