It’s never too early to celebrate World Ocean Day (coming up on June 8th), especially when you have a title like EXTREME OCEAN in your hands. Dr. Sylvia Earle, a scientist with a passion for the sea gives readers an insider’s view of a world more mysterious than space.


Accompanied by beautiful photographs, the information is relayed in five stunning chapters.:


Kids and adults will find everything they need to learn about this treasured resource and the harm we are doing for its continued survival. Ten specific ways for kids to get involved in becoming a champion for saving the oceans is the bonus highlight. There are also ten directives on what we can do to ensure plastic and trash doesn’t reach the ocean. Go even further and visit the kids vs plastic web page for videos and added information

The narration by the author is enjoyable and you also discover she spends her birthday in a submersible! Whether you live near or far from the shoreline, this guide will not only inspires but also motivates young readers to dig deeper for more information in the Resource Section that follows the chapters.

EXTREME OCEAN is another winning title from National Geographic Kids. Take a dive—you won’t be sorry!

Here’s the official background:

Discover the most outrageous aspects of the deep blue — from record-breaking depths to towering tsunamis, underwater giants to tiny sea creatures — along with ocean conservation challenges and what kids can do to help.  An action-packed combination of science and adventure, famed National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle leads readers on an in-depth tour of life beneath the waves. Come face-to-face with whales and sharks, learn about the newest and most hi-tech ocean gear and gadgets, experiment with hands-on activities, and join Earle as she recounts her most daring dives. Packed with fascinating tidbits, animal profiles, and up-to-date science, each chapter combines stunning photography with fun, accessible text. Perfect for curious kids, ocean lovers, young explorers, and the classroom. Extreme Ocean reveals the mystery, majesty, danger, and — above all –the importance of our ocean.


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3 Responses to EXTREME OCEAN

  1. This definitely sounds like another winner from National Geographic Kids. I appreciate how many non-fiction books you feature on your blog, Greg. I enjoy reading middle-grade non-fiction almost as much as I enjoy MG fiction! Take care. :0}

  2. Susan W says:

    We had to cancel my son’s first trip to Florida. His dream was to see the ocean. While the trip is delayed I’m ordering this superb sounding title to keep his continued interest.

  3. What a winning book for National Geographic Kids. I just wish my great grandsons were old enough for this one. But, I always seek out books their age in the “first books” and they love them. With sharks such an important part of the eco-system, I’m glad there is a focus on protecting the oceans. Kids can make a difference and want to.

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