Every November, Christmas Island red crabs take over Christmas Island as millions march to the shores of the Indian Ocean. These crawling critters stop at nothing to reach their mating grounds. They halt traffic and even fall from cliffs! This title is filled with facts, maps, and fascinating graphics that take readers through the rain forest to the ocean with Christmas Island red crabs.
Humpback whales can hold their breath up to 45 minutes as they torpedo through ocean waters! These mighty mammals migrate from their summer arctic waters to the warm, winter waves near the equator to give birth to their calves. Young readers will want to dive into this title and follow the travels of humpback whales.
As fall days grow darker and the sun doesn’t shine as bright, leatherback sea turtles sense the change in seasons and head out to sea. They make their way to their home beaches to nest. About 100 eggs fill each hole! Readers can follow the leatherbacks as they cruise along ocean currents in this engaging title.
During their travels from oceans to rivers, salmon undergo many changes! Their gills change so they can breath in changing waters, and their scales transform from a shining silver to a darker hue so others know they are ready to spawn. Readers will be swimming in information and special features in this adventurous book on salmon migration.
Manatees are true gentle giants. Though many weigh more than 1,000 pounds, they do not use their size to overpower other sea creatures. They spend a lot of their time peacefully eating underwater grasses. Young students will close this title understanding how the manatee earned its “sea cow” nickname.
Sea anemones are big believers in the buddy system. They welcome clownfish to hang out in their tentacles and snack on leftovers. In return, their clownfish pals say thank you with a parasite cleaning. Beginning readers will discover how sea anemones have mastered the give and take of friendship.
Did you know stingray babies are called pups? As soon as pups are born, they are ready to survive on their own! Once they are adults, they will feed on shrimp and clams. They often hide from predators, but they may also use their tail to inject poison. Discover more about stingrays in this title for emergent readers.
For young parrotfish, the future is often bright! They can be born a dull color, and then turn into vibrant adults. Rainbow colors help many blend in with brilliant coral reefs. The beaming parrotfish swimming in this title will be a visual delight for the youngest readers.
Did you know that sea stars pump water instead of blood through their systems? Although commonly called starfish, these life forms are not fish! Instead, they are part of a group containing other animals like sea urchins and sand dollars. Sea stars are hardy animals that can grow new limbs and open clam shells. In this interesting title, students will enjoy learning more about these shining ocean stars!
Clownfish have mastered the art of friendship. These striped fish form a special bond with sea anemones. They help each other survive. Clownfish enjoy the sea anemone's protection and leftover food. In return, they will chase away animals or eat pests that harm sea anemones. In this fascinating title, young readers will learn all about clownfish, from their coloring to their home range and more.
At the sight of danger, puffer fish blow up! Their bodies become like balloons. Their plump lips and oversize eyes, usually exaggerated, look more proportionate for a time. The goal is to use size to intimidate. Fascinating content in this title will suck young readers in.
Did you know that crabs look like mini, clear lobsters when they are babies? Crabs have to molt many times before they even look like adults with hard outer shells. Some crabs grow their own shells while others find used shells to call their own. Find out about a crab's life cycle, physical traits, habitat, and more in this title for beginning readers.
Did you know that some corals are named for being look-alikes? The mushroom coral has an umbrella-like shape. Grooves on the surface of the brain coral give it the appearance of the important human organ. Beginning readers just might get the urge to name the corals in this book.
Not all seals measure up to one another. The ringed seal, for example, is four times shorter and more than fifty times lighter than the elephant seal! This elementary title puts on display the common features that make seals of all sizes alike.
Clinging below the ocean's surface are small creatures with horse heads and monkey tails. Sea horses may have parts that look like other animals, but they are their own unique specimen. In fact, sea horses are so extraordinary that the males give birth! Although sea horses are extremely slow swimmers, they will quickly enter the hearts and minds of curious, young readers!
Jellyfish are graceful, beautiful ocean animals. But their looks are deceiving. Those long, wavy tentacles can really sting! Jellyfish are often transparent. They do not have bones, blood, or brains. Despite their simplicity, these creatures have been around for millions of years. Discover more about jellyfish in this title for emergent readers.
Sea turtles have strong flippers to propel them through water. These shelled animals may migrate thousands of miles to lay eggs. Although they are not agile on shore, some can swim faster than 20 miles (32 kilometers) per hour! Many sea turtles live to be well over 30 years old. Beginning readers will learn a boat load of exciting information in this fun title on sea turtles.
Nearly as large as a school bus, humpback whales are a sight to see! Near the surface, these giants will come up to breathe from their blowholes. They migrate to find food and may hunt in groups. Since these whales do not have teeth, they happily gulp prey with their enormous mouths. Deep below the surface, males sing songs. Get in tune with humpback whales and pick up this book for young learners.
The Arctic Ocean is the smallest ocean in the world. Located on the North Pole, it touches Asia, Europe, and North America. For many months, the sun does not rise over the Arctic, and when summer arrives, the ice barely melts! Young readers will enjoy finding out more about this unfamiliar ocean and its impact on the world.
The Southern Ocean, also known as the Antarctic Ocean, was not officially recognized as a distinct body of water until the year 2000. Krill, lantern fish, and whales can all be found in this oceans chilly waters. Explore the Southern Oceans climate, currents, and sea life in this engaging title for beginning readers.
For hundreds of years, travelers have braved the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, often trying to steer clear of the mysterious Bermuda Triangle! Islands have formed from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge located deep below the Atlantic Oceans surface. Discover more about the Atlantic Ocean and grasp important geography terms in this title for young students.
Submarine volcanoes and giant mountain chains lie deep below the Indian Oceans surface. Where the Indian Ocean ends has been debated, but its indisputably nestled between Africa, Asia, and Australia. Prone to torrential rain and cyclones, the Indian Ocean will enthrall curious minds!
Covering nearly one-third of Earths surface, the Pacific Ocean is a treasure trove of natural resources and is home to many magnificent creatures. The Pacific Ocean has the deepest ocean trench called the Challenger Deep. Its more than 35,800 feet below the surface! Learn more about the largest ocean in this exciting title for young readers.
Coral reefs are home to thousands of living species, including some of the most vibrant plants and animals on the planet. Many reef inhabitants help each other survive. Sea anemones, for example, provide shelter for clownfish. In return, the striped fish bring tasty treats to the anemones and help lure prey into their tentacles! Dive into this colorful, educational book for young learners.
Watch out for that big wave! Oceans cover a large part of Earth and support a wide variety of plants and animals. Young readers will learn about the tides, waves, and currents of the ocean as well as what lives beneath the surface. Blastoff! Series