Creek Critters

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Creek Critters
Do you like scavenger hunts? How do you tell if creek water is clean and healthy? Join Lucas and his sister as they act like scientists looking for certain kinds of stream bugs (aquatic macroinvertebrates) that need clean, unpolluted water to survive. What will they find as they turn over rocks, pick up leaves and sort through the mud? Read along to find out if their creek gets a passing grade.

CREEK CRITTERS® is a registered trademark of the Audubon Naturalist Society Of The Central Atlantic States, Inc. ANS’s CREEK CRITTERS mobile app helps people find and identify aquatic macroinvertebrates and report on stream health (

Written by Jennifer Keats Curtis, Illustrated by Phyllis Saroff
32 pg, 8.5 x 10, Ages 4 - 8, Grades K - 3, Lexile: 660, AR: 3.9, F&P: R
Hardcover 9781643517483 $17.95  
Paperback 9781643517537 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781643517582 $11.95  
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Keywords:   environmental education, water quality, aquatic macroinvertebrates
Animals in the book:   aquatic macroinvertebrates
Vetters:   Thank you to Steve Kerlin, Mandy Nix, and Tara Muenz of Stroud Water Research Center as partners in the creation of this book and for verifying the scientific accuracy.


The text is rendered in a large font, good for precocious readers, and the pictures combine painted line drawings of the children and the environment with clear, enlarged images of the invertebrates in question. The backmatter includes drawings of additional macroinvertebrates, a field-notebook page, a life cycle matching activity, and a link to online quizzes and games...A handy companion for outdoor exploration.
- Kirkus Reviews

Author/Illustrator Info:

Award-winning Jennifer Keats Curtis has penned numerous stories about animals, including Creek Critters, Kali's Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue (Children's Choice Book Award Winner) and After A While Crocodile: Alexa’s Diary (NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children), with co-author Dr. Brady Barr of Nat Geo Wild's Dangerous Encounter, Baby Bear's Adoption with wildlife biologists at Michigan's DNR, River Rescue with Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc.; and Moonlight Crab Count with co-author Dr. Neeti Bathala. The long-time writer's other recent books include The Lizard Lady, with co-author Dr. Nicole Angeli, Maggie: Alaska's Last Elephant and the Animal Helpers series. When not writing, Jennifer can be found among students and teachers, talking about literacy and conservation.

Since childhood, Phyllis Saroff has brought together her loves of science and art. In addition to Creek Critters, Maggie: Alaska's Last Elephant, Vivian and the Legend of the Hoodoos, Tuktuk: Tundra Tale and Sounds of the Savanna for Arbordale, Phyllis has illustrated nonfiction books about the natural world such as Teeth and Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter. She also illustrates for children's magazines, wayside signs and other educational material. Phyllis works digitally and with oil paint. Phyllis lives in Maryland with her husband and two dogs. Visit her website at


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