Here are some beach books for your summer time reading list to get you geared up for summer.
“The Seaside Switch“ by Kathleen V. Kudlinski is a book packed with information about tides and creatures in the sea. As a child I found nothing more fascinating than a tide pool and all the scurrying crabs and this book captures that. It’s main story is how the tide changes throughout the day and brings with it different animals. The book is too long for most toddlers but my son enjoyed pointing out the animals in the book.
“Just Grandma and Me“ by Mercer Mayer is a sweet book. Little Critter and his grandma hit the beach and enjoy an afternoon together. There is something so sweet and touching about this book and the special bonds between grandparents and their grandchildren. Mercer Mayer really did a great job at capturing the unique relationship between grandparents and grandchildren in this book. It also does a good job covering all the beach bases. They swim, play in the sand and have treats. The last page is adorable with Little Critter being carried into his house asleep on his grandma’s shoulder.
“The Sandcastle Contest“ by Robert Munsch. I gave this book a really bad review last year. While it still isn’t my favorite Munsch book, I am taking back some of what I said. My son grabbed it the other day and after reading it with him (last year it was over his head) I can honestly say I have had a change of heart. The tantrum the main character has when no one believes him about really making everything from sand was a good teaching tool for my 2.5-year-old. We stopped and talked about anger, and deep breaths, and wrecking things when we are mad. I think this book could be a good way for parents to talk about anger and frustration without feeling like you are giving a lecture.
“Otto Goes To The Beach“ by Todd Parr was a steal of a deal at the Goodwill last week! I got a hardcover in perfect condition for 70 cents. My bargain hunting aside, I really enjoy this book as did my son. Otto is a dog who goes to the beach but no one wants to do the same things as he does, even the fish swim the other way! In the end, after feeling very sad Otto finds a new friend and all his misery is forgotten. I love Todd Parr books, I love the insanely bright colors, the cute simplistic illustrations and I love the messages they send. This book followed his other books perfectly and provided a great final message about not giving up finding a friend who will like all the same things you do!
“Scaredy Squirrel: at the beach“ by Melanie Watt is so funny. I love books like this that have absurd humor thrown in. Before you even read the story on the inside flap you will notice a blurb that ends with “This story is not suitable for pirates” it just makes me giggle! The story follows the most anxious squirrel you’ll ever encounter as he tries to make his own beach, only to end up at a busy one! What I love about this book are the details, the small asides will have you laughing and the main story will keep even young ones totally entertained. My son loved it especially the part about the pool being the ocean and the flashlight being the sun, even at two he was trying to tell the squirrel how wrong that was. Super fun and a great message about overcoming fears as well.
“What Lives in a Shell“ by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld is another great book in the Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out Science series. This book is a little long for toddlers but really easy to break into parts. The book starts talking about snails, then moves to turtles and finally sea shells. I read it to my son in parts, and that was perfect for his 2-year-old attention span. This book like the others in the series breaks down facts to a preschoolers level without losing any substance. If you are looking for a nonfiction book for your little one, you must check out this series, they are hands down my favorite nonfiction for young children.
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Renee Wilson says
Thanks for the suggestions! Those will be great summer reads with my sons.
I LOVE Robert Munsch and I do not have that one!
Another FABULOUS summer book is Stella, Star of the Sea… unfortunately I do not remember the author’s name!
Great books! I love the Robert Munsch one…another favorite is "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell"
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Tara @ Feels like home says
Great ideas! 🙂 We also like Good Night Beach. It’s a little on the elaborate side for Grace, but she makes up her own stories about the pictures.
Joan Perez says
My grandchildren love the beach, so we have many good ones to add to the list:
Sally Goes to the Beach by Stephen Huneck is a beautifully illustrated book about a black Labradour Retriever. (We loved it so much we read all the Sally books that followed.)
Rhinos Who Surf by Julie Mamman ie delightful and very creative.
Beach Day by Karen Roosa was an early favorite when they were toddlers.
Bats at the Beach by Brien Lies is a lot of fun to read.
Bebe Goes to the Beach by Susan Middleton Elya teaches a few words in Spanish and has really colorful illustrations.