In Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! by April Pulley Sayre, a young turtle faces dangers ranging from sharks to plastic bags and shrimpers' nets. It is not only the turtle's resilience — over the 20-year period it takes for her to mature and lay her own eggs — but also the resilience of the ecosystem that comes through in this edifying story.

Two Little Birds by Mary Newell DePalma follows the migratory flight of two plucky young orioles facing storms and other challenges. The author reminds us how indomitable the birds are making this round trip year after year. She calls us to be similarly curious, because "we journey together."