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A Blanding's Turtle Story

Board book, 20 boards, 7 x 7, Children's, Ages 2-6

ISBN: 978-1-939017-92-5



About this Book:

A Blanding's Turtle ventures across streams, over roads, and through wetlands to find food and a safe nesting place in this fascinating and educational board book. Readers will join the intrepid turtle as she travels, facing some unexpected challenges along the way. Through a simple narrative with beautiful illustrations, young readers will learn about the Blanding's Turtle’s behaviors and habitat, threats to its survival, and respectful human interaction to help conserve this rare endangered species. This is the third in a four-part series of board books done in partnership with Maine Audubon, following A Snowy Owl Story and A Little Brown Bat Story.

Find out more about the Wildlife on the Move series of board books, including how to order a large-format version for your classroom or library. Ten percent of the proceeds from this book help to fund Maine Audubon's outreach programs for underserved preschools.


"[The Wildlife on the Move series is] so much more than just your typical board books. They are truly an educational tool, a wetting of your child’s palate to explore concepts in the realm of science, yet they are short, colorful and sweet enough to catch the attention of the toddling youngster.”
––Cassie Deputie, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

The third book in a “Wildlife on the Move” partnership between Islandport Press and Maine Audubon is wonderful. A Blanding’s Turtle Story, written by Melissa Kim and illustrated by Jada Fitch, will capture the imagination of your kids, grandkids, and you too!
––George Smith,

Kim's storyline is simple and easy to follow. She answers the questions kids would typically have about a Blanding's Turtle. What does the turtle do all day? What places are safe for a turtle? When should a human move a turtle if found in the road or the woods? Jada Fitch's illustrations are beautiful. The colors are soft yellows and greens that beg a closer look to uncover details like polliwogs and sunlit spaces [. . .] The message about humans is subtle, but provides a great place to start an environmental discussion early on with the generation who will need to care for our world as well.
––Kimberley Moran, Written Reflections Blog

Dec. 1: Beth Rand, Melissa Kim at Maine Audubon Holiday Bazaar, Falmouth

Dec. 1: Beth Rand, Melissa Kim at Maine Audubon Holiday Bazaar, Falmouth

Beth Rand (123 Gulls, ABC Gulls) and Melissa Kim (Wildlife on the Move) will be signing books at Maine Audubon's Nature Store Holiday Bazaar with Maine artists, artisans, and makers on Saturday, December 1. Author signings are: Melissa Kim, 10 a.m to noon; Beth Rand 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and the bazaar runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maine Audubon, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd., Falmouth

New teaching guides expand children’s book program

New teaching guides expand children’s book program

Teachers and parents will now have educational resources about owls, bats, butterflies, and turtles at their fingertips, thanks to new teaching guides from Maine Audubon. A four-book partnership between Islandport Press and Maine Audubon is expanding to include teaching guides that accompany and enhance each of the popular board books (A Snowy Owl Story, A Monarch Butterfly Story, A Little Brown Bat Story, and A Blanding’s Turtle Story).

The Wildlife on the Move series began in 2015 with an aim to bring well-written, engaging stories about wildlife migration, conservation, and respectful human interaction with nature to a Pre-K through second-grade audience. Now, educators, librarians, parents, and caregivers will be able to enrich the experience with the new guides, which were developed by Maine Audubon’s Early Childhood Education Program Manager Molly Woodring.

Each guide includes background information about each species, reading discussion questions, three teaching units that include lesson plans aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, and fully-developed classroom activities ranging from an echolocation game to a life cycle comparison card game to a nature journaling activity. The 32-page guides also include “Take Action” pages, tips on how to take learning outside in all four seasons, additional reading lists, songs and fingerplays, and color reproducibles. Each guide is available for download as a PDF at:

The teaching guides can be used in multiple ways, by choosing a standalone unit or lesson from one teaching guide, or to provide context and background information for the Wildlife on the Move books. Readers can also explore multiple themes related to ecology, geography, and stewardship throughout each season and from multiple angles.

“We know that early childhood is when kids begin to form values,” said Maine Audubon Director of Education Eric Topper. “Today, children spend less time outdoors, teachers have full plates, and integrating new science-based content can be daunting. This new component of Wildlife on the Move makes studying Maine’s wildlife a topic of interest and relevance for most kids, and makes teaching it more attainable for educators in Maine and beyond.”

The teaching guides were funded by the Jane B. Cook 1992 Charitable Trust and Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund.

Maine Audubon is building a community of people who understand that when Maine’s wildlife thrives, Maine thrives. Since 1843, Maine Audubon has been connecting people to nature through a science-based approach to conservation, education, and advocacy. The state’s largest wildlife conservation organization, Maine Audubon has seven chapters, eight wildlife sanctuaries, 10,000 members, and serves over 50,000 people annually.

Islandport Press is a dynamic, award-winning publisher dedicated to stories rooted in the essence and sensibilities of New England. For more information about the company, visit, call 207-846-3344, or email

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Islandport Press Partners with Maine Audubon to Bring the Outdoors into Classrooms

Islandport Press Partners with Maine Audubon to Bring the Outdoors into Classrooms

In 2014, Islandport Press launched a partnership with Maine Audubon to publish a series of children’s books that will help increase awareness about endangered species while raising funds for underserved schools. Proceeds from the Wildlife on the Move series go to helping improve education for Maine children, but that’s not the only way this series is reaching kids. The program is also meeting children in their natural habitats by visiting classrooms across the state.

Melissa Kim, children’s and young adult book editor at Islandport Press and author of the Wildlife on the Move series, has accompanied staff from the Maine Audubon Society on school visits where they speak to the kids about the biological facts of owls and bats. Along with Maine Audubon educator Kim Sanders, Melissa Kim visited schools in Lincolnville, Appleville, and Hope, bringing a box filled with science artifacts. The educational kits features a jumbo-sized version of either A Snowy Owl Story or A Little Brown Bat Story (and launching this Saturday: A Blanding's Turtle Story) plus animal skeletons, droppings, and other educational materials to help illustrate the concepts in the books.

Read the full article here

Melissa Kim

About this Author

Melissa Kim is the author of eight children’s books (including a series of books on endangered animals), one adult guidebook, and countless articles for children’s magazines. She has worke



About this Illustrator

Jada Fitch grew up in a family-built log cabin in Sebago, Maine. Much of her childhood was spent attending art classes, working on craft projects, and building forts at her grandp



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