Menu

Books by Theme

See the Sea!

Explore the ocean ecosystem, the many qualities of water, and the fantastic variety of sea creatures (both real and imaginary) through the pages of the picture books described here.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

A Place for Fish

By: Melissa Stewart
Illustrated by: Higgins Bond
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Full color illustrations and clear language present a range of fish in different ecosystems in and near the U.S., as well as the impact of people's activities on the fish. Endpapers include maps where the fish you’ve met in the book can be found.

Along a Long Road

By: Frank Viva
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A bicyclist rides begins his outing near the sea and rides through cities, towns, and the country with the water always in view. Restrained but effective language complements the highly stylized illustrations in limited colors accentuated by the glossy yellow road the bicyclist rides on.

At the Beach

By: Slaina Yoon
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Cut-outs on sturdy pages present a range of objects seen at the beach. Made for the youngest child to recognize, each clearly presented object — ranging from pail and shovel to sun and starfish — is punctuated with glittery paper for a particularly sunny appearance.

Beach Babies

By: James Buckley Jr
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Full color photographs capture beautiful babies at the beach engaged in warm, sunny, beach activities. The limited, lighthearted text serves as captions for each picture.

Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat

By: Philip Stead
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When his parents trade Jonathan's much-loved teddy bear for a toaster, he sets out on a Big Blue Boat to find Frederick the bear. Jonathan is joined by animals he befriends along the way and finally a little girl who holds a bear instead of a toaster. The imaginative, child-like, and handsomely illustrated tale comes full circle in a most satisfying way.

Monster Hunt: Exploring Mysterious Creatures

By: Jim Arnosky
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Author/illustrator and self-taught naturalist Jim Arnosky introduces mysteries that surround unknown animals: "cryptozoology." Dramatic illustrations combine with an informative, engaging text to present a range of land and water creatures, starting with ocean giants, sharks, and squids.

Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish

By: Janet Halfmann
Illustrated by: Joan Paley
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Richly colored, highly textured illustrations and evocative language follow an ochre sea star (aka starfish) as she lives and hunts for food in the Pacific Ocean. The sea star's daily routine both informs and inspires. The book also includes references to learn more about these fascinating creatures.

Sunny Bunnies

By: Margie Blumbert
Illustrated by: June Goulding
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The rabbit family's activity-filled day at the beach begins with packing the car and ends with the young bunnies holding on to the fun with a nighttime game of "Go Fish" while their parents sleep. Readers will recognize the goings-on in the gentle illustrations and rhyming text.

Tia Isa Wants a Car

By: Meg Medina
Illustrated by: Claudio Munoz
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The narrator and her aunt work to save money to buy a shiny green car to take them to the sea. Though it takes time, Tia Isa and her niece reach their goal and buy the car that brings them to the beach. Cheerful illustrations and an upbeat narration with a sprinkling of Spanish words create recognizable characters in a realistic setting.

Wow! Ocean

By: Robert Neubecker
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Izzy and her sister were mountain girls, so one summer the family decided to go see something new — the ocean. The girls are wowed by the sea, the beach, and its treasures — both real and imaginary — as they explore above and beneath the water. Readers will revisit highly detailed, labeled illustration including the well-placed, well devised fold-outs.

Proceeds from the sale of books purchased at Amazon.com help support the Reading Rockets project. Thank you!

Sign up for our free newsletters about reading

Summer Reading Tips to Go! Delivered to your mobile phone in English or Spanish. Sign up today!
Advertisement
Reading Blogs
Maria Salvadore
Maria Salvadore
July 10, 2014
June 24, 2014
Start with a Book: Read. Talk. Explore.

Summer Reading Tips to Go! Delivered to your mobile phone in English or Spanish. Sign up today!
"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald