Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

About Raptors

A Guide for Children 

Part of About…

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

This beginner’s guide offers a first glimpse into the natural world of raptors.

In this addition to the acclaimed About… series, educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what the birds called raptors are, how they look, how they move, what they eat, and where they live. With beautifully detailed, realistic paintings, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill introduces readers to many varieties of raptors, from the majestic Bald Eagle of North America to the sharp-eyed Secretary Bird of Africa. An afterword provides details on the raptors featured and inspires young readers to learn more about these birds of prey.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-536-2
Publication Date: 9/1/2010
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-811-0
Publication Date: 8/1/2014
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
AR Level: 2.2
F&P: GRL K, Gr 2, Genre I
Lexile: 610L
Themes: Raptor Behavior, Raptor Characteristics, Raptor Habitats
BISAC 2: JNF051050 JUVENILE NONFICTION/Science & Nature/Biology


“A must-buy for all libraries interested in building a strong natural-science collection for their young patrons.” ―School Library Journal

“With a clear, simple text and handsome, sometimes dramatic paintings of birds in different habitats, this is a fine introduction.” ―Booklist

“The young reader is led by text and illustration to explore the diverse world of birds of prey.” ―NSTA Recommends

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“Another amazing book in the ‘About…’ series…The text is gently informative…the artwork is splendidly realistic…Engaging and absorbing.” ―Bristol Herald Courier

“Perfect introductions to animals… an excellent example of easy nonfiction…” ―Science Books & Films

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Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2011

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

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award ―Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, 2010

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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.