BLOG TOUR: About Habitats: Forests by Cathryn and John Sill


Award-winning author Cathryn Sill and her husband, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill, offer young readers a first glimpse into forest habitats. In simple, easy-to-understand language, this guide teaches children what forests are and what kinds of animals and plants live in them. A glossary and afterword provide readers with further fascinating details.


Cathryn Sill, a former elementary school teacher, and John Sill, a prize-winning and widely published wildlife artist, have published twenty-one books in the acclaimed About and About Habitats series.  The Sills live in North Carolina.


When I first heard about this series, I wasn't sure I was going to like it, I mean, so many great nonfiction books use first-class photographs, I wasn't sure illustrations could live up to that.  I am happy to announce, however, that I was completely wrong.  These books are not only incredibly beautiful, but the simplified text makes these perfect for sharing with preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders.  Despite the shortness of the text, there is much here to share and talk about. The book covers a variety of types of forests and includes a map showing where different types of forests can be found (I'm always thrilled when this type of book includes a map, makes it easier to explain to children how and why certain habitats are the way they are).  The types of forests discussed include: boreal, tropical rainforest, cloud forests, temperate rainforest, and deciduous forest.  Each forest receives several pages with gorgeous illustrations showing different aspects of the forest as well as a variety of animals and plants that can be found in each type.  The extra information at the end is nice for extended discussion or for those who simply want more. 


  1. This sounds like one to pass on to my youth science librarian!

  2. This looks ideal for my collection and my readers! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for you enjoyable review. Don't you like the fact that the author and illustrator are husand ad wife teaming up for this wonderful series? I have many of their books and they each one as fantastic as the first.


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