The Long, Long Journey

The Godwit’s Amazing Migration

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Crackle! Crackle! Crunch! What’s hatching from that egg? It’s a young bar-tailed godwit. She will spend the summer in Alaska learning to fly, find her own food, and escape from scary predators. Her long, long journey begins in October when she flies to New Zealand. This 7,000-mile flight is the longest nonstop bird migration ever recorded. Follow along on her amazing voyage!

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Science
Copyright 2013
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.4
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF003030, JNF051150, JNF051050
Dewey 598.3'3
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 620
ATOS Reading Level 3.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 156699
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, and eSource


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2014
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2014
  • NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, Winner, 2014
  • School Library Journal Best Book, Winner, 2013
  • NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, Winner, 2013


Library Media Connection

“Innovative and engaging illustrations feature bold colors in mixed media collage and watercolor that jump from the page. This is an excellent resource for introducing the concepts of migration and predator-prey relationships to young readers.” —starred, Library Media Connection

The Horn Book Magazine

“The brief, age-targeted explanations of godwit development convey pertinent information about the growing birds’ behaviors…. Posada’s creative paper collage illustrations capture the fuzzy down of newborn chicks, the starry nights of flying, and the grassy green springtime of the godwits’ homes.” —The Horn Book Magazine


“Markle uses the epic yearly journey of the godwit to capture young imaginations and present an important fable about perseverance, courage, and family….Delicate and ethereal illustrations by Posada bring their voyage to life….An obscure yet fascinating topic is the basis of this stylized nonfiction storybook.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“The book is well presented and fascinating and could be used as part of a geography lesson or to teach about animals’ unusual lifestyles. The large print, simple, straightforward vocabulary, and appealing format make it a good choice for a report or a simple research project for young nature lovers.” —starred, School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Though the text is simple, the author paints a clear picture….Readers of Markle’s Snow School (2013) and Waiting for Ice (2012), both illustrated by Alan Marks, will welcome this additional account of a baby animal’s growth to independence.” —Kirkus Reviews

Author: Sandra Markle

Sandra Markle is the author of numerous award-winning books for children. A former elementary science teacher, she is a nationally-known science education consultant. Markle has received many honors for her series Animal Predators, Animal Scavengers, and Animal Prey. Several titles have been named as National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)/Children’s Book Council (CBC) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, and Animal Predators was honored as a Top 10 Youth Nonfiction Series by Booklist. Markle is also the author of the Insect World series and several single titles. Her book Rescues! was named a Best Book by the Society of School Librarians International and a Recommended Title of Outstanding Nonfiction by the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award committee; Animal Heroes was named a 2008 Lasting Connections title by Book Links. Markle lives in Lakewood Ranch, Florida with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffery.

Illustrator: Mia Posada

Mia Posada grew up in Minneapolis, then studied art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also studied art in Florence, Italy, and illustration at Academy of Art College in San Francisco, California. Mia has written and illustrated numerous books including: The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit's Amazing Migration, Who Was Here?: Discovering Wild Animal Tracks, and Summer Green to Autumn Gold: Uncovering Leaves' Hidden Colors. She illustrated Plants Can't Sit Still which was named a Kirkus Best Children's Books and won the NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts Award. She lives in Golden Valley, Minnesota with her husband and their three kids.

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The Long, Long Journey

Crackle! Crackle! Crunch! What’s hatching from that egg? It’s a young bar-tailed godwit. She will spend the summer in Alaska learning to fly, find her own food, and escape from scary predators. Her long, long journey begins in October when she flies to New Zealand. This… View available downloads →