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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Biomes Series
K–Gr. 3. The titles in this series not only focus on the climate and physical geography of each biome but point out differentiations within them, such as boreal, temperate, and tropical forests. They provide examples of the biome’s flora and fauna, which are also depicted in a visual chart.
Biomes Alive! (Bellwether)
Gr. 1–3. Here, each book describes a biome and its climate, pinpointing locations on a world map, and offers examples of plants and animals typically found in that region. A final spread features a famous example, such as the Everglades wetlands, with a food-web pictograph.
Ecosystems Research Journal (Crabtree)
Gr. 3–6. Framed as a researcher’s field journal to record climate, native species, and environmental changes, each of these books concentrates on a vital ecosystem. An inviting, heavily illustrated format connects human and other impacts on the area’s health.
Fast Track: Who Lives Here? (Black Rabbit)
Gr. 1–3. This animalcentric series highlights nearly a dozen species from each biome. The text explains creatures’ special features and how they live in their environments, and boldface adjectives and verbs, such as an orangutan’s long arms, give early readers an assist.
Focus on Climate Zones (Capstone)
Gr. 4–7. Concentrating on climate, these detailed titles discuss how plants, animals, and people have adapted to living in each biome. Accompanied by numerous maps and photos, they also underscore natural resources, threats posed (particularly by human impact), and ways to protect them.
A Home in the Biome (Rosen)
Gr. 3–5. Eleven diverse animals (and a plant or two) from a specific biome are profiled in each volume of this series. Double-page spreads give pertinent information, such as the animal’s physical appearance, eating habits, and home, as well as fun facts.
Lightning Bolt Books: Biome Explorers (Lerner)
Gr. 1–3. An overview of the climate and physical environment of the biome throughout the seasons starts each book in this series. The titles give numerous examples of flora and fauna and discuss how they, along with people, create an ecosystem. Extreme biome facts are appended.
Nature’s Neighborhoods: All about Ecosystems (Bearport)
Gr. 1–4. This series utilizes double-page spreads with labeled, up-close photographs that profile animals in a biome by describing their physical appearance, purpose, and links to other animals and plants. Boxed questions guide readers and help them make connections, as does an appended food web.
Seedlings (Creative Company)
PreS–Gr. 2. A subset of this expansive series for early readers is dedicated to specific biomes. Combining high-quality photos with large, simple text, each volume gives a description of a biome’s climate and terrain before highlighting plants and animals typically found there.
Who Eats What? (Jump!)
Gr. 1–3. Blending concepts, this series approaches food chains as they relate to a biome. After expanding on the makeup of the biome, the books introduce producers, consumers, predators, and decomposers. They present multiple food chains in multiple formats, such as narrative depictions, charts, and vivid photos.
Angela Leeper is the director of the Curriculum Materials Center at the University of Richmond (Va.).
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