by Seymour Simon


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Join award-winning science writer Seymour Simon in this picture book introduction to earthquakes!

In Earthquakes, Simon introduces elementary-school readers to earthquakes through engaging descriptions and stunning full-color photographs. He teaches readers why and how earthquakes happen and the damage they can cause through pictures, diagrams, and maps. He also gives real-life examples of earthquakes that have occurred all over the world.

With clear, simple text and stunning full-color photographs, readers will learn all about the fascinating phenomenon that is an earthquake in this informative picture book.

Perfect for young scientists’ school reports, this book supports the Common Core State Standards and includes a glossary and index.

Check out these other Seymour Simon books about natural disasters and weather:

  • Global Warming
  • Hurricanes
  • Lightning
  • Storms
  • Tornadoes
  • Weather
  • Wildfires

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060877156
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/23/2006
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 102,012
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Seymour Simon has been called “the dean of the [children’s science book] field” by the New York Times. He has written more than 300 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children’s science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Columbia County in Upstate New York. You can visit him online at, where students can post on the “Seymour Science Blog” and educators can download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Join the growing legion of @seymoursimon fans on Twitter!

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Earthquakes 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SadieReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fair introductory book to earthquakes. It gives information on what causes earthquakes, why earthquakes take place where they do, and some of the effects of past earthquakes. Photographs are used to support the information and a glossary of terms, a subject index, and a short list of extension sources are given. Some of the drawbacks to this book are that there is no table of contents or subjects headings on the pages. Because it is a survey book, it does not go into any real detail about any aspect of earthquakes. Appropriate for ages 5 to 9.
sharese on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:Written by Seymour Simon as a part of the Smithsonian collection, this book uses wonderful photographs and pictures to describe why and how earthquakes take place. It also offers readers information about how to protect themselves during an earthquake. With the amazing pictures and great information this is a great book in a series of great books.Review: I love all the books done by Seymour Simon for Smithsonian collection of nature books. This is a great book that started great talks in my K-2 class and ended with us under the desks doing an earthquake drill (which we're required to do anyway). The kids walked away from the experience feeling empowered not scared.
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