Welcome to the Backyard

From the Series Nature's Neighborhoods: All about Ecosystems

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Readers explore a backyard habitat and discover how garden animals and plants form an ecosystem and rely on each other for survival.

This title cleverly takes young readers on a mini safari through a backyard making connections between the living things that call it home. For example: As aphids suck nectar from the stems of plants, a ladybird leaves its winter hiding place to start munching on aphids. As worms wriggle through the soil helping to bring nutrients and rainwater to the roots of the garden’s trees, a robin hunts for worms to feed to its chicks.

• Packed with curriculum science information
• See how backyard animals make their homes and what they eat.
• Learn about the life cycles of some common mammals and birds
• Discover how insects pollinate plants
• Controlled vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure
• Beautiful, labelled photographs throughout
• Close photo/text match
• Includes a backyard food web diagram

Filled with facts about the natural world, this title is perfect for students studying habitats, animal and plant life cycles, and ecosystems.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction
Copyright 2016
Publisher Ruby Tuesday Books
Imprint Ruby Tuesday Books
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2016-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF051100, JNF037030, JNF051180
Dewey 577
Dimensions 10 x 8
Lexile 590
Guided Reading Level M
ATOS Reading Level 4.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 180163
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, and Table of contents


  • Booklist Top 10 Nonfiction Series, Winner, 2017


School Library Journal

“Excellent introductions to how ecosystems functions.”—School Library Journal

Author: Ruth Owen

Ruth Owen has written more than 400 children’s books. She writes on many subjects, but science and nature are her favorite topics to research and make accessible for young readers.