Life in the Ocean: Claire A. Nivola

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle 

Author/Illustrator: Claire A. Nivola

Publisher: Frances Foster Books, Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Year: 2012
Brief Summary:  The story of Sylvia Earle’s childhood love for adventure and how her curiosity led her to a life of ocean exploration and environmentalism.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Science: What does an oceanographer do?
  • Why do you think Sylvia wants everyone to spend at least one day in deep ocean?
  • What are some ways humans are affecting the ocean?  What are some ways the ocean can become damaged, and what can we do to help?  Have students make posters with key facts and ways we can help.
  • What are some other ways we damage the environment?  What can we do to change this?
  • Discuss some of Sylvia’s accomplishments and make a timeline.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.  Extended author’s note and bibliography in the back.

Accessed at: Capilano Library

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Down, Down, Down – A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea: Steve Jenkins

Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea

Author/Illustrator: Steve Jenkins
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 2009
Brief Summary: A detailed look at life in the ocean.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Cybil Award, 2009′ ‘ Finalist’ ‘ Picture Book Nonfiction’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Best Children’s Books of the Year , 2010 ; Bank Street College of Eduation
Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 2009 ; Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Choices, 2010 ; Cooperative Children’s Book Center
New York Times Notable Children’s Books , 2009
Notable Children’s Books, 2010 ; ALSC American Library Association

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Science: discuss marine life and the animals discussed in the book

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.  Detailed notes in the back re: animals discussed in book

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library