Backyard Ecosystems is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts, addressing Literacy.RI.3.2 and Literacy.L.3.4b. A backyard isn't just a backyard-it's an ecosystem! This book explores this fascinating habitat with full-page color photographs accompanied by narrative nonfiction text. This book should be paired with “What Lives in Your Backyard?" (9781477726082) from the InfoMax Common Core Readers Program to provide the alternative point of view on the same topic.