The Global Ocean

978-1-5253-0491-0 | May 3, 2022 List Price:
USD $19.99, CAD $21.99

4-color 11 x 9 36 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12

The global ocean is in trouble. This beautiful and important book explores the issues — and what we can do to help.

Though we think of Earth’s five oceans as separate and distinct, they are actually a linked system of circulating water that is one single ocean — the global ocean. This comprehensive and accessible overview explores the global ocean’s enormous influence on the planet, as well as humans’ often-detrimental influence on the ocean. But it also highlights some of the many ways people are working to restore and heal the global ocean — from everyday actions to large institutional projects — making the message of urgency as hopeful as it is accurate. Filled with fascinating information, stunning visuals and plenty of calls to action, readers will be inspired to discover what they can do to help heal Earth’s most important feature and, ultimately, our planet.

Bestselling author Rochelle Strauss applies a positive, proactive approach to the urgent topics of climate change and ocean conservation in this gorgeous and unique depiction of the global ocean, based on the most current ocean science research. Engaging illustrations on every spread by award-winning Natasha Donovan are eye-catching and powerful. Examples of real people of all ages making a difference can be found in sidebars on each spread with more at the back of the book. Two sections list ways to help, one for children and one for the adults in their lives. There are many curriculum links in earth and life sciences, particularly in climate, environment, habitats, ecosystems and diversity of living things. Part of the CitizenKid series, this book encourages citizenship and engaging in the global community.


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Educational Resources


Diversity of living things
Earth systems


Lexile Level



STEM   ocean Habitats   fun facts   marine life   Earth Day   World Ocean Day   sustainability   ocean health   social responsibility   conversation starter   kid activism   environmental activism   social justice

Reviews & Awards


“A timely exploration of the threats facing the world's oceans, this book will educate and inspire the next generation of environmental activists.”
School Library Journal, June 2022

“This is seriously an incredible book that I think every educator should read …”
ETFO, June 2022

“… an engaging primer that encourages curiosity and promotes the importance of ocean stewardship.”
Quill & Quire, starred review, June 2022

“An extensive index … that sets an empowering rather than despairing tone.”
Publishers Weekly, July 2022

“The Global Ocean is a call to action that articulates the power of the ocean and the power of each and every one of us to make a positive impact on preserving it for future generations.”
Hakai Magazine, November 2022


2023 Willow Awards, Green Earth Book Award, Short-Listed