Free shipping on orders over $99
Keystone Species

Keystone Species

Meet the Animals Key to Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity with Hands-On Science Activities for Kids

by Laura Perdew and Micah Rauch
Publication Date: 15/10/2024

Share This Book:


A hands-on project book about the keystone species keeping habitats healthy!

Who's keeping the ecosystem healthy?

In any ecosystem, every species has a role to play. From towering trees and ginormous whales to the smallest microorganisms, plants, fungi, and insects, each species is important to the overall health of the ecosystem. But some of those species play such vital roles that without them, the ecosystem might collapse. These are called keystone species.

In Keystone Species: Meet the Animals Key to Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity with Hands-On Science Activities for Kids, readers ages 9 to 12 are introduced to several different types of keystone species from around the world as they discover the crucial roles these animals play in their ecosystems. Meet the predators, herbivores, ecosystem engineers, mutualists, and foundational species that all play a keystone role in regulating an ecosystem. Investigate how these ecosystems function, learn about threats to wolves, sharks, beavers, alligators, flying foxes, bees, wildebeests, bison, and coral, and dive into what happens when these species disappear. Throughout the book, find stories about science-based conservation practices that inspire kids to do their part in protecting their own environments.

Keystone Species includes hands-on activities and critical thinking exercises to help readers gain a deeper understanding of ecosystems and the role of every species. STEM activities, a narrative writing style, fun facts, words-to-know, and links to primary sources, videos, and other relevant websites take readers on an exploration of keystone species around the world.

Additional materials include a glossary, a list of media for further learning, a selected bibliography, and index. All books are leveled for Guided Reading level and Lexile and align with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

All titles are available in paperback, hardcover, and ebook formats.

Educational: Biology
Publication Date:
Nomad Press
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
Laura Perdew

Laura Perdew is an author, writing consultant, and former middle school teacher. She has written more than 20 books for the education market on a wide range of subjects and is the author of Extinction What Happened to the Dinosaurs, Mastodons, and Dodo Birds? and Biodiversity: Explore the Diversity of Life on Earth with Science Activities for Kids.

She is a long-time member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an avid runner and hiker. Laura lives and plays in Boulder, Colorado.

Micah Rauch

Micah Rauch is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator from the beautiful state of Montana. He received a BFA in graphic design from Montana State University in Bozeman Montana.

He has loved the magical act of drawing his entire life and continues to learn and push his skills both as a designer and an illustrator.

This title is not yet published. It is available for purchase now and should arrive at our Sydney warehouse from our overseas supplier within 3 - 4 weeks of the release date listed above.

Once received into our warehouse we will despatch it to you with a Shipping Notification which includes online tracking.

Please check the estimated delivery times below for your region, for after your order is despatched from our warehouse:

ACT Metro  2 working days

NSW Metro  2 working days

NSW Rural  2 - 3 working days

NSW Remote  2 - 5 working days

NT Metro  3 - 6 working days

NT Remote  4 - 10 working days

QLD Metro  2 - 4 working days

QLD Rural  2 - 5 working days

QLD Remote  2 - 7 working days

SA Metro  2 - 5 working days

SA Rural  3 - 6 working days

SA Remote  3 - 7 working days

TAS Metro  3 - 6 working days

TAS Rural  3 - 6 working days

VIC Metro  2 - 3 working days

VIC Rural  2 - 4 working days

VIC Remote  2 - 5 working days

WA Metro  3 - 6 working days

WA Rural  4 - 8 working days

WA Remote  4 - 12 working days


Be the first to review Keystone Species.