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Over 120 Books About The Ocean (for Kids)

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For the past 13 weeks, I have been bringing you lists of books to help your kids learn about specific sea animals as part of our Ocean Animals Unit Study.  We have lists of ocean themed books and even some books for the beach.  Taking up two-thirds of our world, the ocean should be taught!  Kids need to not only understand this underwater world, but they need to respect and care for the animals within it.  So, you should plan to read some of them together, but also provide oceanic books for kids to read on their own.

Over 120 Ocean Books for Kids

Reinforce what they read:

By incorporating hands-on activities like sensory bins and playdough while reading ocean books to children, you can create a multi-dimensional learning experience.

These activities allow children to explore and interact with the concepts being introduced in the books.

For example, they can use ocean playdough to sculpt their favorite sea creatures or create an underwater scene in the sensory bin.

This tactile engagement enhances their understanding of the subject matter and fosters creativity and imagination.

As they manipulate the materials, children can also improve their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

By combining reading with hands-on activities, you can make the learning process more enjoyable and effective for young readers.

Books About The Ocean for Kids {Ocean Animals Unit Study}

From stories to facts to coloring – these books will help you teach your kids everything there is to know about the ocean.

9 Good Beach Books for Kids – 9 books – Not all ocean learning has to be nonfiction!  Give the kids some fun beach stories to choose from for their independence reading.

Orca Whale Books for Kids  – 9 books – Orca Whales – the beautiful Killer Whale – is a site to behold and one of my favorite ocean animals.  I am sure it comes from my trips to Sea World as a child!

Sea Turtle Books for Kids – 9 books – Sea Turtles are ocean animals that have been presented as “adorable”- in recent years everything is written to make us human understand the danger the sea turtle population is in.

Starfish Books for Kids – 9 books – Starfish – when I was little, I would see starfish all over the beach – why are they so hard to find now?

Octopus Books for Kids – 9 books – Is your brain as smart as these ocean creatures’ brains?

Dolphin Books for Kids – 9 books –  Dolphins have long been some of the most popular ocean animals.  Find out why!

Crab Books for Kids – 11 books – I can remember throwing my traps and going soft-shelling when the tide was out, but just watching crabs do their busy work is fascinating.

Clown Fish Books for Kids – 10 books – Nemo brought this little fish into the forefront of our minds!

Shark Week Books for Kids- 9 books – Shark Week is one of the most watched weeks on the Discovery Channel and with great reason.  Sharks are smart and so very fascinating!

Jellyfish Books for Kids– 9 books – From the kind that just float to those with deadly tentacles, find out all about jellyfish with these nine books!

Ocean Books for Toddlers – 11 books – From books that you can feel to books that make noises.  From squishy books to cardboard books – these are perfect for teaching your littlest ones to read!

Picture Books about the Ocean – 9 books – The ocean is a beautiful place and these picture books capture that beauty!

Ocean Chapter Books – 9 books – The older kids like to learn about the ocean and all the animals in it, too!  SO, be sure to pick up some chapter books perfect for them or for you to read aloud to your younger children.

The list above is over 120 ocean books!  Surely, you will find something to help you build your oceanic library!

I hope you and your kids have fun reading these books about the ocean as part of your  Ocean Animals Unit Study!

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Becca Wilson

Tuesday 15th of March 2016

My kids absolutely love everything about the ocean and beach. Thanks for sharing this! I am saving it so I can check some of these out.


Tuesday 15th of March 2016

I love anything about water though I am afraid of it's depths. Oh well, the reason I love them is because our business is water-based. :P Anyway, I think it would be nice to teach and make my daughter interested in them too even if she doesn't know anything about her grandpa's business yet. She likes to swim, that's the start and she wanted to visit an aquarium again. I think these books will her appreciate the ocean and all the living things in it! :D

Ashley Steer

Friday 11th of March 2016

This is awesome! I love anything ocean related and even have a tattoo of an ocean "scene!" I would love to read these books to my son.

Ann Bacciaglia

Friday 11th of March 2016

The ocean is such an interesting subject. These look like great books for kids. I will have to share this with my friends with little ones.

Jessica Simms

Friday 11th of March 2016

Wow I didn't realize there were so many! I will have to check these books out and get a few for the kiddos. They love the ocean, and I think it would be fun for them to read.