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Sea Turtle Life Cycle Books for Kids

We love learning about animal life cycles with the kids and start early on with our toddlers and preschoolers. From raising butterflies and tadpoles to watching documentaries and reading about them. As a marine biologist that studied and worked with Sea Turtles the sea turtle life cycle is one of my favourites to teach the kids.

As we learn about it through activities and crafts I also love to fill our book basket with some fiction and non-fiction books too. I mix up general books about sea turtles with books that are more specifically about the sea turtle life cycle. So here we go the best books for kids about the Sea Turtle Life Cycle that you can read together.

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Books about the Sea Turtle Life Cycle for Kids

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These books I have picked because they give the best overall tale or description about the sea turtle life cycle for kids. There are lots of other books about sea turtles including some fantastic ones about the conservation and reasons why they are endangered.

But, if it is the life cycle that you are looking to focus on then these books are ones that I would recommend.

One Tiny Turtle

Anytime anyone asks me to recommend a book about sea turtles One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies is one that is top of my list.

Following the loggerhead sea turtle on it’s 30 year journey from hatchling to mother turtle laying her eggs this is a fiction book about the life cycle that you and your child will enjoy reading time and time again.

One Tiny Turtle: Read and Wonder
  • Davies, Nicola (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 06/14/2005 (Publication Date) – Candlewick (Publisher)

From Egg to Sea Turtle

A non-fiction book with fantastic large photographs of the stages of the sea turtle life cycle From Egg to Sea Turtle by Lisa Owings is perfect for your toddlers and preschoolers.

It covers from the sea turtle emerging from the sea all the way back through the hatchling, juvenile and to the beach where it was born.

A great addition to life cycles for your toddlers and preschoolers.

From Egg to Sea Turtle (Start to Finish, Second Series)
  • Owings, Lisa (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 08/01/2016 (Publication Date) – Lerner Publishing Group (Publisher)

Read Next: Sea Turtle Workbook for Kids

Run, Sea Turtle Run: A Hatchlings Journey

Written from the point of view of the hatchling Run, Sea Turtle Run: A Hatchlings Journey by Stephen R. Swinburne tells the tale of a leatherback sea turtle.

Having released 1000s of these hatchlings from a protected nursery over the years this book is especially dear to my heart and focuses on the most ancient of sea turtle species “The Leatherback Turtle”.

Run, Sea Turtle, Run: A Hatchling’s Journey
  • Swinburne, Stephen R. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 03/03/2020 (Publication Date) – Millbrook Press ™ (Publisher)

Into the Sea

Into the Sea by Brenda Z. Guiberson is a beautifully illustrated story for older preschoolers and school kids telling the tale of the sea turtles’ life.

With amazing illustrations it captures the encounters that a turtle will experience from the beach to the sea grass that it feeds on as an adult. At the back you will also find a fantastic glossary and information about the different sea turtle species too.

Into the Sea
  • Guiberson, Brenda Z. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 06/01/2000 (Publication Date) – Square Fish (Publisher)

Sea Turtles Journey

Another fantastic book about the Loggerhead sea turtle this time. Sea Turtle Journey by Lorriane A. Jay shares the story of the life of the loggerhead turtle from emerging from a nest on the beach to returning many years later to lay her own eggs.

Why not try creating some of our sea turtle DIY stamps to go along with this book.

Sea Turtle Journey: The Story of a Loggerhead Turtle (Smithsonian Oceanic Collection)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jay, Lorraine A. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 31 Pages – 06/09/2011 (Publication Date) – Soundprints (Publisher)

Sea Turtles

We love the books by Gail Gibbons for learning about the natural world and Sea Turtles is no exception.

With wonderful illustrations Gail tells us all about the sea turtle from egg through to adult and nesting. But this book is so much more. With details about the individual species, their habitats, feeding and characteristics as well as information about the threats faced it’s a book that is worth adding to your collection.

Sea Turtles (New & Updated)
  • Gibbons, Gail (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 01/01/1995 (Publication Date) – Holiday House (Publisher)
preview of 5 of the pages from a sea turtle workbook for early elementary kids text says Sea Turtles of the World Workbook

Sea Turtles of the World Workbook

An 8 page workbook for kids to learn about the 7 species of Sea Turtles in the world, with information and activities.

Activities to Learn About the Sea Turtle Life Cycle

preschooler learning about the sea turtle life cycle with an ordering activity using hand illustrated cards

Learn about the life cycle of the sea turtle with this free printable sequencing of the sea turtle life cycle cards for preschoolers.

More Life Cycle Books for Kids

covers of some of the best books to read to kids about the frog life cycle

Learning about life cycles check out our recommendations for Frog Life Cycle Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers.

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