We love going to the beach in the summer months. We are getting ready for an upcoming trip and I wanted to look for a few books for the kids about the beach. I put together a list on Beach Books for Kids. Hope you can find a few to explore with the kids too.
Beach Books For Kids
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The Sand Castle Contest
Bestselling team Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko create another wacky adventure about a boy named Matthew who makes a sandcastle so real, that every
While on vacation. Matthew is excited to take part in the local sandcastle contest. The winner gets a bathtub filled with ice cream!
But Matthew is just too good at building sand castles. The judges all think the house he builds, complete with sand chairs, a sand refrigerator, and sand food is real! He has to prove that it’s all just a big pile of sand so he can win that ice cream!
Hide and Seek Harry at the Beach
Harry likes to play hide-and-seek, but it’s hard to hide a hippo! Little readers will love being in on the joke as they spot the formidable Harry.
When Harry and his friends are at the beach, they always play their favorite game, hide-and-seek. In a hammock, under a sand castle, or behind a palm tree — there are so many places for Harry to hide. Or try to, at least!
Just Grandma and Me (Little Critter) (Pictureback(R))
Little Critter and his grandmother spend the day at the beach in this funny-and-true picture book about Mercer Mayer’s popular character. Little Critter is a good helper, even at the beach. When his grandmother’s hot dog falls in the sand, he washes it off in the ocean. He promises to blow up the inflatable seahorse but needs a little help in the end. The joys and mishaps of a special summer day with Grandma are all brightened by Little Critter’s sunny disposition.
What Lives in a Shell? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)
What makes a shell like a house?
A house is a home for you, a nest is a home for a bird, and a cave is a home for a bear. But for some animals a shell is a home. Snails and turtles and crabs and clams all have shells that act as their homes and protect them from harm. In this book you’ll learn all about these and other crustaceous creatures, for whom a shell is just the right sort of home.
Duck & Goose Go to the Beach
In this delightful follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Duck & Goose and Duck, Duck, Goose,Duck wants to go on an adventure. Goose doesn’t. He doesn’t see the point. After all, why would they go anywhere when they’re happy right where they are? But then Goose sees the ocean and loves it. Who doesn’t? Well, Duck, for one!
Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach (My First I Can Read)
Pete the Cat, coolest kitty ever, is ready for another adventure!
In Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach, Pete is spending the day at the seashore. He has fun collecting shells and building a sand castle. But the beach is very hot. There is a whole ocean for Pete to cool off in, but it looks scary. Pete’s brother, Bob, offers to teach Pete to surf. Will that be enough to help Pete get over his fear of the water?
Pete at the Beach is a My First I Can Read book. It is designed to excite and engage beginning readers. Reading aloud to a child is the first step to helping a kid become a great reader.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell!
A new beach version of the classic “There Was an Old Lady” song and favorite series!
“There was an old lady who swallowed a shell.
I don’t know why she swallowed the shell.
She didn’t tell.”
You won’t believe why this old lady swallows a shell, a crab, a fish, a gull, a pail, some sand, and a wave! But watch out when she burps, with hilarious results!
With rollicking, rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version of a classic song will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page. And, there’s a surprise ending!
Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef
Teachers and parents, take note: this book is already a classic. Two geniuses–author and illustrator–came into perfect alignment to create this book. The author has kids thinking it is entertainment while adults think it is a great lesson about the ocean. The genius of the illustrator is obvious. With painstaking detail each illustration is created entirely of polymer clay, then photographed, creating a 3-D impression of tremendous vitality. Kids will sing, clap, and count their way among pufferfishthat puff, gruntfishthat grunt and seahorses that flutter, and begin to appreciate life in the ocean.And the art will inspire many a project. Plus there are several pages of extension ideas for curriculum and art projects as well as resources on the web and elsewhere.
In this charming picture book, a cheerful family tumbles out of the car and onto the beach, ready for a perfect day. Buoyant verse just right for reading aloud and bright, playful illustrations capture the singular feeling of a hazy, lazy day by the ocean, complete with a ball game with new friends, water-skiers and sailboats, and a picnic lunch of fried chicken and deviled eggs. This book is a captivating introduction to the beach for young children and an irresistible gift for beach lovers of any age.
Curious George Goes to the Beach with downloadable audio
Enjoy a day at the beach with Curious George! This storybook, featuring illustrations in the classic style of H.A. Rey, takes George on a sunny, seaside adventure. Everyone’s favorite curious little monkey tries lifeguarding (he loves the tall chair and binoculars), feeds some seagulls, helps a friend overcome her fear of swimming, and even makes a daring ocean rescue when the picnic basket gets swept out to sea!
This edition features a fill-in-the-blank word activity and downloadable audio so kids can hear the full story read aloud! Includes page-turn signals to guide early readers.
Corduroy Goes to the Beach
Corduroy and his friends are heading to the beach for a fun-filled day of playing by the sea. First they jump over the waves and fly kites, then it’s time for a tasty picnic lunch and a special treat—ice cream! In the afternoon, Corduroy and his pals collect seashells and build sandcastles. Seven spreads filled with thirty-five flaps will keep small fingers happily busy.
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