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Listen Up!
Exploring the World of Natural Sound
By (author): Stephen Aitken
Stephen Aitken


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:



Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 7, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Sep 13, 2022
Print Run: 8000
$21.95 CAD


9.5in x 8 x 0.31 in | 400 gr

Page Count:

56 pages


60 Halftones, color , 5 Diagrams
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
Children’s / Teenage social topics: Environment, sustainability and green issues|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Wildlife and habitats|Educational: Environmental science|Interest age: from c 9 years
  • Short Description
Part of the nonfiction Orca Footprints series for middle-grade readers, illustrated with color photographs throughout. Young readers will discover how to listen to the sounds of nature and what they can tell us about the health of the planet.
Tune in to the world around you.

The sounds of nature are being drowned out by the clamor of human activity, and that's not good for people, animals or the environment.

Every living thing emits sound—birds sing, whales whistle, streams burble and trees pop and fizzle. In Listen Up, young readers are introduced to all the sounds of the natural world, from the first Big Bang to the complex soundscapes of the rainforests.

Readers will also discover how the invasion of human sounds, from airplanes, traffic and machines, is threatening the survival of species that have adapted to their habitats over thousands of years. Conserving the sounds of nature is an important part of addressing the biggest challenges facing humanity today—protecting the planet's biodiversity and the future of our natural world.

Key Selling Points

  • The noise from human activity is increasing and it's having a drastic effect on ecosystems around the world and the habitats and biodiversity of the plants and animals who live there.
  • This book introduces young readers to the basic principles of sound, the types of sound found in nature, the fundamentals of bioacoustics and soundscape ecology.
  • It includes practical tips for young readers on how to recognize and analyze sounds in nature using digital recordings and tips on how to get involved in ecosystem conservation by protecting natural sound.
  • Author Stephen Aitken is a biologist and science writer.

Stephen Aitken is a biologist, artist and science writer. After completing an honors biology degree with a minor in fine arts and spending some time at the Carleton School of Architecture, Stephen went on to have a career as a biological illustrator, editor and writer. He has been creating his own children's books for the past 15 years. Stephen's books and articles are inspired by the wonders of the natural world. He is the co-founder and executive secretary of the charity Biodiversity Conservancy International and senior editor of the journal Biodiversity.

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Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

“Engages readers by bringing together a series of interesting facts and ideas related to animal hearing…An intriguing addition to the Orca Footprints series.” - Booklist

“Highly recommended for elementary school libraries as a way to learn about natural sounds and make connections to academic subjects like science and music.” - Children's Literature

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