It is World Turtle Day! The purpose of this day is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for turtles and tortoises, and to encourage human action to help them survive and thrive.
The Australian Marine Conservation Society has organised activities for the day in the very North of Australia, but is encouraging all Australians to do what they can.
What a great excuse to read books about turtles and there are so many really good ones beside E.L.Konigburg's A View From Saturday which is written for children much older than my clientele. My good Year 2 readers really like Chelonia Green, Champion of Turtles though, a novel about rescuing turtles that is written by Australian author Christobel Mattingley. Reading this then encourages them to read factual texts about turtles and to research turtles further.
There are so many really good picture books to explore as well. These are just some that we have in the library. About turtles:
• The Smallest Turtle by Lynley Dodd
• One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies
• Turtle Taxi by Guundie Kuchling
• Turtle Bay by Saviour Pirotta
• Follow the Moon by Sarah Weeks
• Journey of the Sea Turtle by Mark Wilson
• Old Turtle by Douglas Wood
• Galapagos Means Tortoises by Ruth Heller
• Yakkin the Swamp Tortoise by Guundie Kuchling
• A Mummy for Owen by Marion Dane Bauer and all the
• Owen and Mzee titles by Isabella Hatkoff et al.
Do you need an excuse to read Esio Trot by Roald Dahl?