Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs by Jason Chin

We recently found a really interesting book in our library: Coral Reefs by Jason Chin. It’s a non-fiction picture book filled with tons of information about coral reefs. But instead of the typical depiction of marine animals that you might expect to see, the illustrations have a very creative twist.

The first pages feature a young girl at the library pulling the very same book (Coral Reefs by Chin) from the shelf. As she opens it and begins to read, coral starts to grow on the tabletops in the library, eventually filling the room. A huge rush of water and sea creatures moves her into the next room, where she continues to read underwater, now surround by the coral reef community.

The text never mentions the little girl or her adventures under the sea. It just continues on in a factual tone, telling about the various animals she encounters. So while you’re child is learning about the reefs, he’s also joining in on an adventure.

Unit Study Resources

Coral Reefs by Jason Chin is a great starting point for an under-the-ocean unit study. If your child enjoys the book and wants to learn more, below are some resources you can use.


Coral Reef (DK 24 Hours) by DK Publishing

Coral Reef Food Chains by Bobbie Kalman and Kelley McCauley

Coral Reefs by Gail Gibbons

Coral Reefs by Seymour Simons

Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes

Coloring and Activity Pages

Coral Reef Coloring Book  (Dover Coloring Book) by Ruth Soffer

Coral Reef Activity Book (NOAA Education Resources)

Coral Reef Animal Printouts (


EcoKids – Coral Reefs

Kids Discover – Coral Reefs

Kids Do Ecology – Coral Reef

National Geographic – Coral

Do you know of other homeschooling resources to use for a unit study about the reefs?

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