STEM Friday

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Books

Middle Grade STEM with Sea Turtle Scientist

Sea Turtle Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series) by Stephen R. Swinburne will make you want to hop on a plane and fly to the Caribbean to become a sea turtle scientist. Really, it is that compelling.


The book reveals Dr. Kimberly Stewart’s efforts to investigate and conserve sea turtles on the Caribbean Island of St. Kitts.  Talk about a tough place to work (wink).

Actually, it isn’t all sunshine and beaches. Much of Dr. Stewart’s research is carried out at night when the female sea turtles come to the beaches to lay their eggs. Because she can’t use regular lights, she and her team must use red head lamps and try not to trip over turtles or their nests.

Dr. Stewart is also working to help save leatherback turtles, which are endangered. Once again, her work isn’t for the squeamish, as she gathers data from sea turtles killed by poachers. Still, she is able to make a difference and educate others about the importance of sea turtle conservation.

Sea Turtle Scientist would be useful for units on oceans, reptiles and the importance of conservation.  It is also a perfect book for budding marine biologists and veterinarians, alike.

For my full review of Sea Turtle Scientist, see Wrapped in Foil. For related information, activities and links to lesson plans about sea turtles, see Growing with Science.

Sue also reviewed this title here at STEM Friday a few months ago.


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My debut picture book, HOW TO BUILD AN INSECT came out April 6, 2021. Trained as a scientist, I blog about science and nature at Growing With Science and about children's books at Wrapped in Foil.

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