Let’s spy on plants, insects, birds, and mammals in 13 different habitats. Told in rhyming narrative, Habitat Spy invites children to search for and find plants, invertebrates, birds, and mammals and more that live in 13 different habitats: backyard, beach, bog, cave, desert, forest, meadow, mountain, ocean, plains, pond, river, and cypress swamp. Children will spend hours looking for and counting all the different plants and animals while learning about what living things need to survive.
Written by Cynthia Kieber-King Illustrated by Christina Wald
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 3-8, Grades PK-3 Lexile: AD 1310, AR: 3.7-NQ, RC: 3.5, F&P: N
Hardcover ISBN: 9781607181224, $16.95 Paperback ISBN: 9781607181323, $8.95
Educator Keywords: habitats, life science, food chain, basic needs
"Habitat Spy is charmingly written and illustrated, engaging your child on several levels. Every pair of pages opens into a large illustration of a different North American habitat, bustling with the creatures that live there." -Tillywig Toy Awards
"Search-and-find books are a favorite in my house and this book was a hit! It is simply a great book to do/read together. Not a traditional listing of subjects you should locate, but the subject was paired with an action verb – I felt this was excellent for enjoyment purposes, and for the educational aspect. The action verbs helped to make an active story time even more entertaining." -Stories for Children Magazine
"Gwen and I spent hours looking for and counting all the different plants and animals while learning about what living things need to survive. I can honestly say that learned a lot that I did not know. Wildlife and their habitats have never been my strong point!" -Yankee Texan Mom
Cynthia Kieber-King (Habitat Spy, Spring 2011) has always been inspired by nature and science, and has degrees in zoology and biological oceanography. Before becoming a children's author, Cynthia worked as an environmental consultant studying wetlands and conducting ecological risk assessments. She loves to travel and explore all kinds of habitats and learning about all the different plants and animals that live there. Cynthia lives and writes in central New York State with her wonderful husband and son. Habitat Spy is her debut picture book. Visit Cynthia's Website/ School Visit Info
In addition to illustrating A Cool Summer Tail, A Warm Winter Tail, Habitat Spy, Little Red Bat, and Henry the Impatient Heron for Sylvan Dell, Christina Wald has illustrated for a wide variety of toys, games, books, and magazines. From a book that featured hundreds of animals on each page (Look, Find, and Learn: Animals of the World) to games including the Star Wars role playing game series, every assignment covers something new and exciting. In recent years, she has illustrated tons of different animals for books and other publications. Christina enjoys the research aspect of such projects, saying that each new book is a fascinating new learning experience. She often integrates travel to research for her illustrations. She lives in Ohio with her husband and three cats. Visit Christina's website.