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October 2024

Who’s keeping the ecosystem healthy?

In any ecosystem, every species has a role to play. From towering trees and ginormous whales to the smallest microorganisms, plants, fungi, and insects, each species is important to the overall health of the ecosystem. But some of those species play such vital roles that without them, the ecosystem might collapse. These are called keystone species.

In Keystone Species: Meet the Animals Key to Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity with Hands-On Science Activities for Kids, readers ages 9 to 12 are introduced to several different types of keystone species from around the world as they discover the crucial roles these animals play in their ecosystems. Meet the predators, herbivores, ecosystem engineers, mutualists, and foundational species that all play a keystone role in regulating an ecosystem. Investigate how these ecosystems function, learn about threats to wolves, sharks, beavers, alligators, flying foxes, bees, wildebeests, bison, and coral, and dive into what happens when these species disappear. Throughout the book, find stories about science-based conservation practices that inspire kids to do their part in protecting their own environments.

November 2024

How do insects survive in different environments? 

Insect Adaptations: Mouthparts, Mimicry, and Flying introduces readers 5 to 8 to the wild world of insect adaptations. Grasshoppers bound on their long, springlike legs to escape predators in the tall grass. The giant swallowtail caterpillar avoids being eaten by looking like poop. But stick insects blend in with their surroundings so no one even sees them! Insects are masters of adaptation!

Scientific concepts including biological evolution, heredity, and ecology come clear with engaging illustrations and lots of familiar, real-life examples. An introductory poem offers language arts connections while a hands-on activity at the end reinforces concepts in the book. A glossary and photographs offer even more supplemental learning opportunities.

How do plants survive in different environments?

They adapt! Plant Adaptations: Shallow Roots, Thick Stalks, and Poison introduces readers 5 to 8 to some of the characteristics plants have developed to help them survive. From the saguaro cactus with its waxy coat to kidney beans and their ability to poison anything that tries to eat them raw, plant adaptations are fun and fascinating!

Scientific concepts including biological evolution, heredity, and ecology come clear with engaging illustrations and lots of familiar, real-life examples. An introductory poem offers language arts connections while a hands-on activity reinforces concepts in the book. A glossary and photographs offer even more supplemental learning opportunities.

Microbes are tiny organisms that live deep in the ocean, on glaciers, and even in your own body! How do they survive in all these different environments?

They adapt! Microbe Adaptations: Glowing Lights, Hot Vents, and Large Numbers introduces readers 5 to 8 to different types of microbes that have developed characteristics that help them survive and thrive! From the bacteria that gather on angler fish and produce light to the thermophiles that thrive near super-hot, deep-sea hydrothermal vents, microbes have developed amazing adaptations that keep them alive even under some harsh conditions. Learn how microbes adapt to thrive in all kinds of environments in this colorful nonfiction book!

Scientific concepts including biological evolution, heredity, and ecology come clear with engaging illustrations and lots of familiar, familiar examples.  An introductory poem offers language arts connections while a hands-on activity at the end reinforces concepts in the book. A glossary and photographs offer even more supplemental learning opportunities.