Picture Book List: Beaches and Oceans

Hello friends!
Most of you know that this past year I promised my children we would go to the beach every week. It was a wonderful addition over the winter and spring months and I am trying to stay positive now that our heat index is spiking to 110 degrees.  Because we’ve been spending so much time in the water, the boys have naturally been pulling ocean themed books from our shelves and seeking out similar books when we go to the library. I thought I’d share some of our favorites here with you, whether or not you are going to the beach this summer.



Ocean-Theme books
How to Hide an Octopus and Other Sea Creatures by Ruth Heller
What’s it like to be a fish? by Wendy Pfeffer
An Octopus is Amazing by Patricia Lauber
Starfish by Edith Herd
Who Eats Who? by Patricia Lauber
Fish Do the Strangest Things by Leonora Hornblow
Ocean: a photicular book by Dan Kainen
Down, Down, Down by Steve Jenkins
Crinkleroot 25 Fish Every Child Should Know by Jim Arnosky

Coral Reefs
Coral Reefs by Gail Gibbons
Life in a Coral Reef by Wendy Pfieffer
Coral Reef by Donald Silver
The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding Coral Reefs by Kate Messner


Beach Days
One White Wishing Stone: A Beach Day Counting Book by Doris Gayzagian
The Beachcomber’s Companion by Anna Burgard
What Lives in a Shell? by Kathleen Zoehfield
The Seaside Switch by Kathleen Kudlinkski
The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow
Horseshoe Crabs and Shore birds by Victoria Crenson
Hello Ocean by Pam Ryan
A House For Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
Beachcombing by Jim Arnosky
Magic Beach by Allison Lester
Seashore by Donald Silver
Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars by Cristianne Tibbits


Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea by Robert Burleigh
Shark Lady by Jess Keating
Manfish by Jennifer Berne


Ocean Adventures
Crab Moon by Ruth Horowitz
Flotsam by David Weisner
Pagoo by Holling C Holling
Night of the Moon Jellies by Mark Shasha
A Day in the Salt Marsh by Kevin Kurtz
A Day in the Deep by Kevin Kurtz
The Sea, the Storm and the Mangrove Tangle by Lynn Cherry
Gamma’s Walk. by Anna Hines


I hope you have a lovely summer!

Amazon affiliate links included. Please check your local library first!

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