Run, Sea Turtle, Run

A Hatchling's Journey

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

“Can you hear me? Scritch, scratch. I’m a little sea turtle inside an egg.”

Follow a hatchling’s treacherous journey from nest to sea. Longtime science writer Stephen Swinburne creates an engaging first-person narrative from the sea turtle’s perspective. Gorgeous photographs by Guillaume Feuillet capture the drama of the hatchlings’ race to safety. Back matter includes information on the life cycle of leatherback sea turtles, tips for how readers can assist with sea turtle conservation, and recommended further reading.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Animals
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2020-03-03
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF003360, JNF003270, JNF003330
Dewey 597.92/89156
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 380
Guided Reading Level L
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, and Reviewed

Author: Stephen R. Swinburne

Stephen R. Swinburne is a writer and photographer for children's books. He loves to travel and observe nature and wildlife, and he holds a bachelor of arts degree in biology and English from Castleton State College, Vermont. He lives in South Londonderry, Vermont, with his family.


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2021



“[A]n engaging real-time account of a leatherback sea turtle’s journey from hatchling to ocean dweller.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“What a voyage. This juvenile nonfiction picture book will appeal to children at home, school, or a library.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“An appealing, attractive, and accessible introduction to endangered sea turtles.”—Kirkus Reviews