Can’t make it to the beach… try the next best thing…our Ocean Book List!
I don’t know about you but I do not get to the beach nearly as often as I’d like. When you can’t make a trip out to the ocean, let the ocean come to you… in a book!
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Ocean Book List: Realistic Fiction
Great preschool or Kindergarten book to read before a visit to the beach. A must read if you ever go to check out what the low tide brings to the tide pool .
A wonderful companion for your next beach or tide pool trip, complete with safety information.
Fantasticly written book that combines poetry, basic math and vocabulary building practice (lots of verbs which provide an opportunity for kids to interact with the story). With the AMAZING 3D illustrations this is a MUST HAVE!
Yolen combines a great story with beautiful illustrations and technology! At the end of the book there are some non-fiction photographs and information about Gulls and other birds that can be found on the beach. There is an app you can download that will play (just) the bird call when you scan the QR code, kinda cool if you’re a techie family!
What would happen if sharks were no longer a part of the ocean? This book takes a look at the sharks role in the ocean and helps readers understand everyone has a purpose.
An award wining book that explores the life through the point of view of an Ochre Sea Star.
Awesome level 1 science reader in a picture book format! Also a great beach companion book.
A super cool book with very graphic 3D illustrations. This book is better suited for older kids but can be good for any non-squemish shark lover.
Beautifully illustrated water color counting book (1-12) that teaches about the shells we find on the beach (are usually abandoned sea creatures homes).
A hilarious narrative text that debunks shark myths full of great facts and illustrations that suit very younger audiences.
Creative exploration of various sea creatures with beautiful woodcut illustrations.
A lyrical account of the life of a Loggerhead Turtle.
Collection of poems that teach about marine life.
A great rhyming counting book with an ocean theme.
This classic picture book was re-branded (new cover) and is a great picture book that teaches kids about fish.
Learn how to turn your frown upside down with this super cute picture book. This is seriously one of my favorite not just as a mama but as a teacher.
A colorful and classic children’s book by Eric Carle is great way to introduce children to the life skill of flexibility and why you should embrace change.
Swimmy teaches his friends how to work as a team when danger lurks near in this award wining children’s book.
This is one of my personal favorite books! I use it for a few different things… to introduce children to reading (its super easy to follow along and engaging enough for kids to memorize), the food chain and humility.
Another wonderful book by Eric Carle. The illustrations are beautiful and I love how he presents the differences about how seahorses are created and care for their young.
This book is from the author of Apples and Pumpkins, a popular fall themed book. It’s a beautifully illustrated story about a little girls day a the beach.
Part of the Good Night Our World Series this book explores sea animals in different environments.
In this inspirational tale two friends take a look at the way we live, it’s affect on the ocean ecosystem and what we can do about it.
The new girl in town, Viv learns that she can make a difference in her community & helps bring together a town to save this majestic sea creature.
A story where a little boy considers how his life would be different if he were a variety of different animals. This book is NOT about the octopus, rather it is a story about basic needs of various animals. The illustrations are great and this is an excellent beginning reader (lots of sight words).
Ocean Book List: Non- Fiction
True story of girl power and sharks… need I say more?
A Great S.T.E.M. and N.G.S.S. book.
A beautifully illustrated 5 senses poem that about the ocean.
A Great reference book with beautiful photos and in depth information.
The best selling science series is back in the 20th Anniversary paperback edition. Learn about coral reefs and more with Mrs. Frizzle and the gang!
Another beautiful ocean reference book by DK. I buy these for the photos alone but there is a lot of great information in them as well.
Explore the symbiotic relationship between clownish and sea anemones.
Everything you need to know about clownfish conveniently located in a Kindle book.
This is a level 2 National Geographic Kids Reader focuses on Sea Turtles and is an easy to follow read aloud or a great book kids will be able to read on their own.
Level 2 & 3 Readers this series has always been popular with my students (and my son). It is great for reading aloud or kids who are already reading.
Another delightful reference book has over 100 beautiful photos and discusses the diets, dwellings and more of many childhood favorite sea creatures.
Perfect for Preschool and Kindergarten this alphabetical tour of the ocean is lead by Seamore the Seahorse.
This fantastically written book is a must have for every ocean lover! It seamlessly integrates poetry, math and language. If that wasn’t enough it has impeccably detailed 3D illustrations made entirely out of polymer clay.
An excellent non-fiction book to read before you go tide pooling or even just make a day trip to the beach. There is SO much to see but only if you make the time to see it!
6 Science Experiments designed to teach kids marine biology concepts.
Another kid favorite by scholastic. This book shows the most interesting sea creatures around!
A visual reference book packed with over 200 sharks and other deadly creatures. This book is great for jr. adventurer in your family. The images are graphic and this book may not be well suited for younger children.
I love the photography in this book. It is an excellent shark reference book and was published in 2018.
One of the most popular shark books by far in my full-time teaching days! Over 400 full color photos and nearly 500 known shark species. A few photos are a little graphic for very young kids but this is arguably the best shark resource book for kids. A shark week enthusiast must-have!
Fun facts to know and tell in a simple level 2 reader format.
I Can Read series book dedicated to sharks. This reader is level 2 and has fun facts to know and tell.
This book answers some pretty cool questions! It is perfect for any curious ocean lover or a Junior Marine Biologist.
Ocean Book list: Related Products
Ocean Book List: Non Fiction
A great introduction to natural resources and conservation.
Ocean Sunlight: How tiny Plants Feed the Sea a Poetic introduction to the ocean by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm
This book is well suited for teachers and homeschooling! It offers poetic language and beautiful illustrations to engage curious readers. It dives deep into the big picture of the food chain, life cycles and sustaining a balanced ecosystem.
Fun for the whole family, this book includes fun facts and activities and is a great read before making a trip to the beach or tide pool.
Seashore: A guide to shells, sea plants, shore birds and other natural features of American Coasts Unknown
Published in 1955 by an unknown own author this coast to cost resource book is a classic!
A wonderful resource book packed full of colorful photographs (600 to be exact) and information (over 500 species of seashells).
This book beautifully combines the art, science and mystery of nature. The photography in this book makes this a field guide in a picture book format.
The BEST field guide and reference for beachcombers and natives! It includes over 1800 photographs, maps and illustrations. It explains beach features, plants, minerals, animals and man’s footprint on beaches.
Fly Guy Presents is an UBER popular series by Tedd Arnold. Here the famous author uses his creative style to teach us about sharks.
Ocean Book List: Fiction
Smiley Shark is the friendliest, funniest shark in the sea. He has trouble understanding why the other fish don’t want to play with him.
This picture book brings the classic Beatles song to life.
A funny (early) grahpic novel that features 2 unlikely friends.
Simply a beautiful counting book. Best for toddlers and preschoolers or anyone beginning to count.
This coloring book really is magnificent! It is suited for children in second grade (serious coloring fanatics) and up!
Great for kids of all ages.
This book is more a fairy tale in the ocean, think: underwater Goldi-locks. The illustrations in Jan Bretts books are work checking out, no matter the topic.
A funny marine version of the 3 Little Pigs.
Super fun imaginative story teaches less about the ocean.
Great color and rhyme book with an ocean theme.
I LOVE the water-color illustrations and the poems in this delightful book.
Adorable book and you learn about the Octopus. There are some “scary” images for those who are sensitive. This book is great for kids 3 & up.
A cute story about a crab who is clumsy (because of his big claws) and learns to appreciate them when he is able to help a friend in need.
Fidgety Fish is a super cute story that helps kids learn the importance of listening to their caretakers.
The Cat in the Hat teaches all about Sharks.
Rainbow fish is a class story about a fish learning to make friends or at least it is for me. The foil illustrations are super cool!