Storey Publishing, LLC The World of Coral Reefs
Storey Publishing, LLC The World of Coral Reefs

The World of Coral Reefs

By Erin Spencer


Publication Date: March 29, 2022

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Ages 7 to 10

The World of Coral Reefs introduces children ages 7 to 10 to the rich diversity of life that is supported by endangered coral reefs. From the anatomy and life cycle of coral to the many fish and other marine life that flouish in the reef, this colorful, large-format nature book takes kids on a wonder-filled underwater tour, with stunning illustrations that will engage and educate the next generation of environmental caretakers.


Coral reefs occupy less than 1% of the ocean floor, but they support 25% of all marine species with food and shelter. In this lavishly illustrated book for ages 7 to 10, marine ecologist and underwater explorer Erin Spencer provides fascinating, scientific information in a highly accessible format, including details about the types of coral, their anatomy and life cycle, where they live, how reefs develop, and the incredible diversity of marine animals that live among them, including aquarium favorites like clownfish, royal blue tangs, and sea turtles. Kids learn about the interdependent relationships of people and reefs and how human behavior puts reefs in danger, promising conservation work that scientists are undertaking, and solution-oriented ways kids and families can help in the effort.

About the Author

Erin Spencer is a marine ecologist and National Geographic Explorer whose articles, photos, and videos of marine life have been featured in National Geographic, PBS, CBS Sunday Morning, and in publications of Ocean Conservancy. She is an avid public speaker and has presented to National Geographic, the World Bank, MCON, and TEDx, as well as many school groups. Originally from Maryland, she now lives in South Florida where she studies great hammerhead sharks and their prey for her PhD. Alexandria Neonakis is a freelance concept artist and illustrator from Nova Scotia, Canada, currently residing in Los Angeles. Through her agents at Bright, she's worked with publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Random House, Macmillan, Scholastic, and Inhabit Media. When she's not working, you'll find her at home with her husband John and their way too many pets, out in nature painting and shooting reference, or at the barn she rides at hanging out with horses.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 48 pages

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9781635863376

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