Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

Aliens from Earth

When Animals and Plants Invade Other Ecosystems (Revised)

by Mary Batten
illustrated by Beverly Doyle

Aliens are everywhere!

Batten introduces readers to the serious and ongoing environmental problems caused by invasive plant and animal species. Describing various examples―from the accidental release of the gypsy moth into the United States to the deliberate introduction of rabbits to Australia―the text shows how these foreign intrusions have disturbed the delicate balance of local ecosystems. Back matter includes a glossary and list of ideas that provide more information and ways to minimize human impact on local environments.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-900-1
Publication Date: 3/1/2016
Page Count: 36
Size: 10-3/4″ x 9-3/4″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-903-2
Publication Date: 3/1/2016
Page Count: 36
Size: 10-3/4″ x 9-3/4″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
AR Level: 6.7
F&P: GRL X, Gr 6, Genre I
Lexile: 1140L
Themes: Ecology, Invasive Species
BISAC 1: JNF051100 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems
BISAC 2: JNF037020 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
BISAC 3: JNF003270 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Endangered


“From the book title and first line of text to the information-packed, full-page color illustrations, this overview of ecological missteps is nonstop intriguing… Lively personal-interest reading, this picture book for older children is fast moving, clear, and well detailed.” ―Booklist

“This visually striking and readable title describes what happens to ecosystems when alien plants or animals are introduced by accident or intention… The examples throughout are thought-provoking, the illustrations outstanding, and the concluding words on steps to take to keep aliens out are helpful and practical. Doyle, who specializes in environmental art, provides handsome, double-paged portraits of animals both native and new to their natural habitat, using a footnote to clue readers into which are which. Fascinating.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The spreads are beautifully illustrated with animals and plants that almost seem to jump off the pages. Everything depicted is labeled, and a helpful key designates which ones are native, endangered or threatened, alien, or extinct… Visually appealing, it should capture the interest of browsers.” ―School Library Journal

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“Invasive species are a real and imminent global threat. Aliens from Earth does a good job of delivering this message by explaining how invasive species destroy ecosystems and threaten other species’ existence… Batten delivers an important message, with clear instructions to readers as to how they can minimize invasive species.” ―Science Books & Films

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NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association, 2003

Conservation Book of the Year Award ―Izaak Walton League of America, 2006

Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee) ―Indiana Library Federation, 2005-2006

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Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award ―Louisiana Center for the Book, 2006

Prairie Pasque Award ―South Dakota Library Association, 2005-2006

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Meet the Author

Mary Batten, an award-winning writer for television, film and publishing, was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the Children’s Television Workshop’s science series 3-2-1 Contact and has written more than fifty nature documentaries for television, including the syndicated series Wild Wild World of Animals. She lives in Virginia. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Beverly Doyle graduated from Framingham State College with a major in fine arts and continued her studies at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She lives in Vermont. You can visit her website here.