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Summer's almost here so get ready to pack up for a trip to the beach -- and if you can't get to a place with sand and sea, go by book! Meet bats and the small dog that goes to the shore. Count feet on the beach and even enjoy a beach on a roof! And remember, getting there is half the fun. So, pack up a summer bag of books -- and head for the beach!

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 Beach for the Birds

By: Bruce McMillan
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ever noticed sea birds at the beach? There's a quiet place on a Maine beach especially for least terns, an endangered bird whose survival is preserved by this retreat. Eye-catching, full-color photographs and informative text juxtapose children and tern beach behavior.

A Day at the Beach

By: Ed Briant
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A loving father takes his children, Alice and Baxter, to take a look at the ocean. But they soon realize their visit to the beach would be so much better with stuff they didn't bring; and after all, and a trip back home will take only half an hour! After lots of back and forth travel, the panda family figures out how to have all the fun possible.

At the Beach / Vamos a la Playa

By: Mandy Stanley
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Bright illustrations and simple words depict what young children are likely to encounter on a trip to the beach. From playthings to sea creatures, this sturdy book is ideal to share with the very young with or without a trip to the sea.

Bats at the Beach

By: Brian Lies
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Humans like the beach in the sunlight but bats prefer it in when it's "moony." Children will enjoy the wordplay and the bat activities in this rollicking, rhyming romp as they recognize familiar beach goings-on, reflected in the appealing illustrations.

Grandma's Beach

By: Rosalind Beardshaw
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When Emily's mom is called to the office, their trip to the beach is canceled. But happily, Emily has a very special grandma who brings the beach to her. Delightfully frumpy characters are as engaging and recognizable as the situation.

One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book

By: April Sayre, Jeff Sayre, Randy Cecil
Illustrated by: Randy Cecil
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

While you're on the beach, you can count from 1 to 10 by feet — combining numbers of feet and then multiplying them all the way to 100, which is ten crabs… or 100 snails if you really count slowly! Colorful, bug-eyed, cartoon-like critters further enliven this jaunty approach to numbers.

Spot Goes to the Beach

By: Eric Hill
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Spot, the small yellow puppy, enjoys a day at the beach with his parents. Children continue to enjoy this recognizable and appealing hound as well as the engaging (and always surprising) lift-the-flap treasures. Spanish version also available.

Tar Beach

By: Faith Ringgold
Illustrated by: Faith Ringgold
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Cassie doesn't have to actually go to the beach; she's got her very own "tar beach" on the roof of her Harlem apartment building. From there, her imagination takes her on a journey through time and space. The artist's quilt story was successfully adapted into this modern classic.

To the Beach!

By: Linda Ashman
Illustrated by: Nadine Wescott
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Life in a large family sometimes presents special challenges, such as preparing for a day at the beach. Everyone forgets something, so after many trips to retrieve everything — from Fido (the dog) to a favorite beach pail — a sudden storm prevents the trip — but not the fun!

Young Cam Jansen & the Double Beach Mystery

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Susanna Natti
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Cam Jansen, girl detective with a photographic memory, uses a beach umbrella to find her mother again. But something is different when she and her friend, Eric, return. Readers will join Cam as she closely looks for clues and uses reasoning for the inevitable and satisfying reunion.

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