As we prepare for our summer beach vacation, we have been reading books about the ocean and seashore and discussing water safety. The last time we visited the beach, our daughter was only 6 months and not yet mobile so we just had to ensure she had adequate sun protection and didn’t get sand in her eyes and mouth. This year she will be 2 so we are making sure to discuss well in advance how important it is to stay with either one of us or her grandparents and to never enter the water alone.
Right now she loves discussing the water and the waves in the ocean and is enjoying learning about some of the birds and creatures we may see during our visit.
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If you are planning a beach vacation with your little one this summer, here are some of our daughter’s favorite books about the seashore:
Beach Day – Bright and colorful illustrations with simple rhyming text help make this book popular with our daughter as the author describes a day spent at the beach. We love to play seek and find with this book!
The Open Ocean – Like its counterpart Birds of a Feather, Bernadette Gervais and Francesco Pittau‘s The Open Ocean is a favorite in our household. Since we’ve borrowed it from the library, it’s been our daughter’s first choice when she chooses to independently read thanks to the book’s engaging flaps and pop-up pictures underneath. If you had to choose only one book about ocean wildlife for a toddler this would definitely be my recommendation.
On the Way to the Beach – Pull-out page spreads pair wonderfully with this educational seek-and-find book illustrating what you may see in coastal woodlands, sand marshes, sand dunes, and on the beach if you sit quietly and observe. Don’t worry, parents, there’s a guide in the back of the book to help with the identification of the animals or plants that may be unfamiliar to you. We’ll be bringing this one along with us for the car ride!
At the Beach – Anne Rockwell is known for her simple yet engaging and realistic stories, and she doesn’t disappoint with this one, which describes a young girl’s morning at the beach spent playing and exploring with her mother.
The Seashore Book – A mother helps her son imagine a visit to the seashore by vividly describing the rich sensorial experiences the ocean and beach have to offer. The beautiful paintings pair well with the text and delighted our daughter immensely.
DK Eyewitness Books: Seashore – Lots of information is packed into this book covering the seashore and its many inhabitants. Although it is geared toward older children, our daughter at 28 months finds the photographs fascinating as she learns to identify crabs, starfish, and a wide variety of other creatures.
What are some of your favorite books about the ocean and seashore? Please share in the comments section below.