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category: Children's Nonfiction
published: Oct 2018
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Dive In!

Exploring Our Connection with the Ocean

by Ann Eriksson

tagged: water (oceans, lakes, etc.), environmental science & ecosystems, environmental conservation & protection

We're all connected to the ocean, and the ocean to us. The ocean provides half the oxygen we breathe; it feeds us, creates our weather and provides us with water. But we haven't been as kind to the ocean in return. The problems are many: pollution, overfishing, rising seas and acid waters. What can be done? Don't despair; take action. Dive In! explores our intimate connection with the ocean and provides every reader with an achievable set of actions that can help improve ocean health for our sake and the sake of the millions of marine plants and animals that share the planet with us. Filled with colorful photos and positive stories, Dive In! is as informative as it is inspirational.

About the Author

Ann Eriksson

Biologist and writer Ann Eriksson is the author of five adult novels and two nonfiction books for younger readers: Dive In!: Exploring Our Connection with the Ocean and Bird's-Eye View: Keeping Wild Birds in Flight. Ann is a director of the Thetis Island Nature Conservancy and works for the SeaChange Marine Conservation Society, restoring nearshore marine ecosystems. When she's not writing, working in biology or helping protect the environment, she's out exploring nature on land and by water. Ann lives on Thetis Island, British Columbia.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
9 to 12
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
  • Short-listed, Green Earth Book Award
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
Editorial Reviews

"A passionate plea for young readers to start enjoying, protecting, and preserving our oceans…The brief chapters are divided into manageable subsections, and full-color photos and sidebars appear on every page. References are provided for student researchers, and there's sufficient visual appeal to entice browsers. International in scope, this is a hopeful and appealing call to action."

— Booklist

"Concise and still thorough, this is a solid addition to a wide-ranging and ecologically conscious series. "

— Kirkus Reviews

“It is a fine example of excellence in the field of informative text for young people...Kids can do much to help. Ms. Eriksson shows them how in an impassioned and very personal way through her own lifelong love of the water and her many efforts to discover its bounty.”

— Sal's Fiction Addiction

“The accessible text is well illustrated with captioned color photographs.”

— The Horn Book Online

"This book is relevant to all…has all the prerequisites of a good information book: well researched, well organized, timely, and appropriate for intended audience. The text is engaging, the layout appealing supplemented with relevant photographs and side bars…highly recommended for both school and public libraries."

— Resource Links

"An empowering philosophy is found in Dive In!…Clearly written chapters explain why we should not take oceans for granted, and lots of relatable and memorable examples are provided…For global citizens in training, Eriksson's mantra—'Everything is connected to everything else'—is a significant and heartening concept to ponder."

— Quill & Quire

"A lively, up-to-date and thought-provoking book that should readily engage young readers and encourage them to consider their role in ocean preservation, for its health and their own. A timely read for anyone! Highly Recommended. "

— CM Magazine

“More timely than ever, this book creates awareness and gives kids tools to examine our relationship with oceans. Budding divers and marine scientists will love this practical guide!”

— The International Educator

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