I am always looking for good new nonfiction series that are accessible to my 3rd graders. I recently received a copy of OCEAN ANIMALS from the newish Animal Bites series from Animal Planet. It looks like it will be a perfect fit for 3rd and 4th graders.
The book is filled with amazing photos so it will definitely attract readers--it is one they will pick up on their own. And there seems to be just the right amount of text on each page. Each page contains more than a few facts but not so much text that the book becomes overwhelming for young readers.
The book's text features are color-coded so readers are directed to a key on the Table of Contents page. There are several categories covered in the book and the colored tabs alert the reader to which umbrella topic is being discussed on a page. Topics like "Where They Live", "How They Live" and "Big Data" are some of the categories. There are also some pages that focus on one type of animal to get more information.
The book has a good progression so can easily be read from cover to cover over a few days. But the pages also stand alone so each page can be read alone and there are lots of mini lesson possibilities form the stand-alone pages. This is a good series to use to share various ways to read nonfiction and the ways the various nonfiction text features are used to help share information.
There are a few other books in this series and I am anxious to see if my kids like them as much as i think they will. I definitely have plenty of series about animals but many of my 3rd graders could read about animals every day and still want to read more! They are a sturdy paperback book so they seem like they will hold up well in a classroom.
The other books in the series include Polar Animals, Farm Animals and Wild Animals.
I'm excited to discover this new series!