Author Erin Spencer - Coral Reefs book

Book cover and author photo

Unfortunately, Erin can't make it for our event. We are working to reschedule her visit. Please stay tuned.

Marine ecologist and National Geographic Explorer talks about coral reefs and conducts children’s activity!

Copperfish Books, in collaboration with Deep Creek Elementary School, will host a free book talk and activity with scientist Erin Spencer! Erin’s new book is The World of Coral Reefs: Explore and Protect the Natural Wonders of the Sea. This event is geared for children in grades 3-4, but other ages are also welcome!

We plan to hold this event under tents in the grassy area next to our store.


A quarter of all ocean life depends on coral reefs! They provide food and shelter for a wide range of fascinating creatures, from sharks and sea turtles to octopuses and colorful fish. Take a deep dive with marine ecologist Erin Spencer to learn all about corals and their stunning world beneath the waves. Inside this beautiful book, young readers will learn:

  • How tiny animals called coral polyps build a vast ecosystem for thousands of other animals.
  • How coral reefs help humans.
  • What scientists doing to protect the reefs, and how to help!


Erin Spencer is a marine ecologist and National Geographic Explorer whose articles, photos, and videos of marine life have been featured in National Geographic, PBS, CBS Sunday Morning, and in publications of Ocean Conservancy. She is an avid public speaker and has presented to National Geographic, the World Bank, MCON, and TEDx, as well as many school groups. Originally from Maryland, she now lives in South Florida where she studies great hammerhead sharks and their prey for her PhD.


Event address: 
212 W. Virginia Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
The World of Coral Reefs: Explore and Protect the Natural Wonders of the Sea Cover Image
By Erin Spencer, Alexandria Neonakis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781635863376
Availability: IN STOCK - On Our Shelves Now
Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - March 29th, 2022

Coral reefs occupy less than 1% of the ocean floor, but they support 25% of all marine species with food and shelter.