3 brilliant books about turtles

Book Adventurers

It's World Turtle Day on Sunday 23rd May, a campaign which highlights knowledge of and respect for turtles and tortoises, whilst encouraging human action to help them survive and thrive.

Turtle swimming

Sea turtles are a fundamental link in marine ecosystems. They help maintain the health of seagrass beds and coral reefs that benefit many other species such as shrimp, lobster, and tuna.


Sea turtles are the live representatives of a group of reptiles that have existed on Earth and travelled our seas for the last 100 million years. You can learn a little more about sea turtles and how to protect them at The World Wildlife Fund. For example – did you know that there are seven different species of marine turtles, who live in a host of places from the shallow beds of the Indian Ocean, to the reefs of the Coral Triangle and the sandy beaches of the Eastern Pacific?


While these highly migratory species periodically come ashore to either bask or nest, sea turtles spend the bulk of their lives in the ocean. The World Wildlife Fund’s work on sea turtles focuses on five species: green, hawksbill, loggerhead, leatherback, and olive ridley.


We’ve got three beautiful stories featuring turtles this week in our Book Club round up. We hope you like them.

Little Turtle Turns the Tide

Author: Claire Potter
Illustrator: Ailie Busby
Age suitability: 2-8 years
Little Turtle Turns the Tide book cover

This brilliantly concocted picture book features deliciously illustrated pages of red, yellow, green, orange and purple foods for your child to choose from.

This is a simple but really empowering story of one little turtle who finds himself swimming in an ocean of plastic debris.

With beautiful illustrations by Nico Williams and story by Lauren Davies, the book teaches us that small things (like the baby turtle and children) can achieve great big things and save the world!

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Saving Tally

Author: Serena Lane Ferarri
Illustrator: Giorgia Vallicelli
Age suitability: 2-7 years

Another tale of turtles with an environmental message. Tally is a curious little turtle with a talent for getting into trouble. Her best friend Ara is a wise and strong lobster.

The most dangerous part of the ocean is about to shock Tally and Ara and make them realise that their underwater world isn’t always charming. Will they be able to escape the danger?

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Saving Tally book cover

Boo! A Fishy Mystery

Author: Katie Read
Age suitability: 3 - 6 years
Boo A Fishy Mystery book cover

If you’re looking for a fun story that just happens to feature a turtle then Boo! A Fishy Mystery is probably the book for you.

An underwater adventure from the creator of the award-winning One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller, featuring a thrilling cast of stunning sea creatures from a green turtle to an orange crab and a yellow eel.

Everything begins with one very small pink fish who manages to set off a chain reaction of chaos beneath the waves until suddenly – SNAP! – she finds herself all alone in the ocean.

Where has everyone gone, and how can such a tiny creature rescue her friends?

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You can help protect the turtle population by getting involved with the World Wildlife Fund’s Adopt a Turtle scheme.