Coral Reefs

Readers Advisory

By the same author: Jason Chin

Chin, Jason. Island: A Story of the Galapagos. Charles Darwin first visited the Galapagos Islands almost 200 years ago, only to discover a land filled with plants and animals that could not be found anywhere else on Earth. (McMillan Publishing)

Chin, Jason. Redwoods. Offers general information about redwood trees such as height, how the bark protect[s] them from fires, average age, and the types of plant and animal life that live in them. (NoveList)

Illustrated by: Jason Chin

Thompson, Sarah L. Where Do Polar Bears Live? The Arctic might be a bit too chilly for you or me to live there, but it is the perfect home for polar bears. The fur between the pads of their paws keeps them from slipping on the ice. Their skin and blubber are like a warm blanket. But the earth is getting warmer and the ice is melting. Where will the polar bears live? How can we help protect their home? (HarperCollins Children’s Publishing)

Winchester, Simon. The Day the World Exploded: The Earthshaking Catastrophe at Krakatoa. Explosions…Shock waves…Tsunamis…The almighty explosion that destroyed the volcano island of Krakatoa was followed by an immense tsunami that killed more than thirty thousand people. The effects of the waves were felt as far away as France, and bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. (Goodreads)

Newcomb, Rain. The Master Spy Handbook: Help Our Intrepid Hero Use Gadgets, Codes & Top-Secret Tactics to Save the World from Evil Doers. The huge success of Spy Kids and other similar movies makes it clear: children love watching young agents who are smart enough and tough enough to beat the bad guys—and they fantasize about doing it themselves. That’s why they’ll be thrilled to hear about Agent O, the world’s most top-secret secret agent. No one knows Agent O’s true identity—especially that O is still a kid! (

Jango-Cohen, Judith. Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year begins each January or February on the first day of the new year in China’s traditional calendar. This 15-day celebration is the most important holiday in Chinese communities all over the world. The celebration includes fireworks, costumes, dancers, parades, gifts of “lucky money,” family gatherings and feasting, and the Festival of Lanterns. (

Eaton Kilby, Janice. The Master Detective Handbook: Help Our Detectives Use Gadgets & Super Sleuthing Skills to Solve the Mystery & Catch the Crooks. What does it take to solve a crime? Inquiring kids want to know, so the super-sleuths at the Pinkerton Detective Agency have invited detectives-in-training to join them in unraveling a mystery. Along with the great story come plenty of interesting projects, activities, and tasks. Imaginative watercolor illustrations feature visual clues just waiting to be found. (

Picture books: Informational: Easy-to-understand: Coral reefs

Cyrus, Kurt. Hotel deep: light verse from dark water. Twenty-one poems tell the story of a lone sardine separated from his school within a huge coral reef and the creatures he meets as he searches for the way back. (NoveList)

Boyle, Doe. Coral reef hideaway: the story of a clown anemone fish. A clown anemone fish, which lives in the delicate tentacles of a sea anemone, finds a mate; lays her eggs; and protects them from other coral reef animals until they hatch. (NoveList)

Rau, Dana Meachen. Undersea city: a story of a Caribbean coral reef. A hermit crab searching for a new shell is carried by a wave from the shore to a coral reef, where he encounters many different kinds of creatures before trying to make his way back to the shore. (NoveList)

Picture Books: Informational: Easy-to-understand: Food Chains (Ecology)

Franco, Betsy. Pond Circle. In the pond by Anna’s house, a food chain begins with algae which is eaten by a mayfly nymph which is eaten by a beetle which is eaten by a bullfrog…. (NoveList)

Baldwin, Robert F. This is the sea that feeds us. This cumulative rhyme portrays the ocean’s intricate food web, with each verse introducing another hungry creature, from the tiny plankton up to a grateful family of humans. (NoveList)

Robertson, M.P. Food chain. When a naughty boy throws a goldfish down the toilet to see what happens, the chain of events that he starts works its way back full circle, eventually threatening his own life. (NoveList)

Ellis, Brian. The web at Dragonfly Pond. A boy goes fishing with his father and describes the interrelationships among the insects and animals he encounters, from the mosquito that bites him to the dragonflies, bullfrogs, and fish that he finally catches and eats. The story includes facts about wetland species. (NoveList)

Picture Books: Informational: Easy-to-understand

Ashton, Dianna Hutts. A Seed is Sleepy. This book is an informative, yet beautiful, introduction to seeds. (NoveList)

Farris, Christine King. My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. By sharing her memories of their childhood, Farris has opened a window to show Martin as a small boy in a loving extended family, a sometime prankster, protected for a while from the harsh reality of racism. (NoveList)

George, Jean Craighead. The Wolves are Back. Lush, naturalistic paintings and gentle, carefully chosen words celebrate the return of wolves to the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park. (NoveList)

Griffith, Victoria. The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont. So the Wright Brothers were the first to fly? Au contraire, asserts this rare portrait of a little-known (in this country, at least) early aviator. Brazilian-born Alberto Santos-Dumont was an immensely popular figure in his day and he beat out both the Wrights and Louis Blériot as the first to fly an aircraft that could take off and land on its own power. (Kirkus Reviews)

Jenkins, Steve. The Beetle Book. The colors and patterns of this ubiquitous insect are fascinating, as are the details about the various adaptations that beetles have made over millennia in response to their environment, diet, and predators. (Kirkus Reviews)

Jenkins, Steve. Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea. From above the surface to the bottom of the deepest sea canyon, unusual creatures inhabit every level of our oceans, even those seemingly hostile to life. In this intriguing introduction, the author explores the Pacific, gradually descending to its depths. The cut-paper illustrations show more than 50 creatures, from the albatross in the air to the flatfish living at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. (Kirkus Reviews)

Schwartz, David M. Where Else in the Wild? This sequel to the highly acclaimed Where in the Wild? (2007) is intriguing. Eleven species that hide in the wild are described in poems, photographed in their natural habitat and revealed behind gatefolds, which, when opened, also include additional information. (Kirkus Reviews)

Sly, Alexandra. Sneeze! This book traces the sneeze reflex’s complex neuro-muscular pathways, showing nine children about to sneeze, each from a different cause. Riveting micrographs zoom in on the various causes and all are beautifully colorized and carefully labeled. (Kirkus Reviews)

Sweet, Melissa. Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. This bright, brimming picture biography commemorates Tony Sarg, a brilliant, self-taught artist whose innovative helium balloons delighted legions of Macy’s parade watchers from 1928 on. (Kirkus Reviews)

Walker, Richard. Ouch!: How Your Body Makes It Through a Very Bad Day. This eye-popping book takes readers on a virtual tour of all of the grossest, gooiest, and most fascinating events that bodies have to endure. Features 3-D graphics that reveal the action and body’s response in microscopic detail. (


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