Did you know that May 23rd is World Turtle Day? Since 1990, the American Tortoise Rescue has designated this date to "bring attention to turtle conservation issues and highlightn ways each of us can help protect these gentle but jeopardized animals."
How about celebrating World Turtle Day with the children in your life, by reading a turtle book or two? Some of our favorites are:
Scoot! by Cathryn Falwell
Turtle's Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev
The Foolish Tortoise by Richard Buckley, illustrated by Eric Carle
And here's a turtle rhyme, brought to us by Children's Librarian Deb Mikus at the Lawncrest Branch of the Free Library:
One baby turtle alone and new
Finds a friends, and then there are two.
Two baby turtles crawl down to the sea.
They find another, and then there are three.
Three baby turtles crawl along the shore.
They find another, and then there are four.
Four baby turtles go for a dive.
Up swims another, and then there are five!