I love these 3 books from the Earth Heroes Series: Champion of the Ocean and Champions of Wildlife (both by Carol and Bruce Malnor) and Champion of the Ocean (by Fran Hodgkins). They are fabulous and I have written about them in the past:
ECS 3rd graders--kudos to my clever writers!!!):
Wangari Maathai: "Wangari fought for equal pay for women.... She began planting trees in her own yard. This was called the Green Belt Movement... She was a great environmentalist. I hope she will go down in history."
Roger Payne: "Roger released an album called "Songs of the Humpback Whales" in 1970.... Roger still needs people to believe in whales. This is why Roger Payne is an Earth Hero."
William Beebe: "He was one of the first people to go underwater in a bathysphyere. He loved learning about ocean animals and sharing that information with others."
Ronald "R.D." Lawrence: "He loved the outdoors... He was helpful in getting the Endangered Species Act passed.... I liked Ron because he studied and took care of wolves."
Eugenie Clark: "She was the first person to study the megamouth shark... She is still living today, and she is doing many things to help the ocean and help us learn about sharks."
Archie Carr: "He learned so much about sea turtles... He published ten books on turtles and nature.... Archie Carr helped the sea turtles of the world."
Tierney Thys: "Tierney studied ocean sunfish for over 10 years. She knew they weren't just a 'big floppy fish'... She is important because she did a lot for the environment by connecting people all over the world to her sunfish research and to oceanography."
Art pictures from my classroom, book images from Amazon.com