As part of our ocean animals unit study, we are reading, this week we are focusing on Octopus Books for Kids – I was going to be funny and only do 8 this time, you know “octo-books”, but then I realized it would mess up my image. LOL! So, we are going with at least nine books about the octopus! They are actually very interesting creatures – extremely smart animals, they are!
If you’re looking for some fun octopus stories and some interesting octopus facts, you and the kids are certain to find that here. All the pages in these books are loaded down with anything and everything about the octopus.
Have fun learning and being creative, all at once!
If you’re exploring and wanting to learn more about ocean animals in your home learning, these octopus books are perfect. They do vary in ages so keep that in mind.
Although, throughout my years of homeschooling, I’ve found that even books that might be geared for younger or older learners are still great learning resources to do together!
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Why does an octopus have 9 brains?
Wow – who knew?! Octopus has 9 brains because they have one brain in their head and then each of their tentacles has its own brain as well.
What animal has 3 hearts?
You guessed it! The octopus! Can you believe that this ocean animal has 3 hearts and 9 brains?! What an impressive list.
If you were an octopus, you′d have eight legs to put into pants!
Follow one little boy through his day as he playfully considers how mealtime, bath time, nap time, and many other activities would be different if he were a bird, a tiger, or any number of baby animals. Julie Markes′s first picture book is charmingly illustrated by Maggie Smith.
Follow a goggle-eyed octopus as she jets through the shadows, tentacles flying behind her. Finally she finds a well-hidden den in which to lay her eggs, which will dangle from the roof like grapes on a string. In silky verse, Karen Wallace explores the mysterious world of the octopus, while Mike Bostock’s flowing illustrations bring that world vividly to life.
Can you LEAP like a tiger? Do an elephant STOMP? SPRINT like a leopard on a jungle romp? Simms Taback’s vibrant illustrations and Harriet Ziefert’s rhythmic text will have young readers prancing and dancing, waddling and wiggling, swaying and swooping with delight. Swing! features animals on a jaunty walk to the zoo, and Wiggle!‘s animals are ready for a dip in the sea. These sturdy board books with lively lenticular covers will get kids on their feet and keep them moving.
Low tide around the lighthouse means it's time to go exploring. With a packed breakfast and a passion for discovery, the lighthouse children venture out through recently uncovered parts of the ocean and encounter an octopus named Cleo who can change color as quickly as his mood. Cleo has spent his life living in the nooks and crannies of an abandoned ship at the bottom of the ocean. However, during this special day when the tide is low, Cleo is ready to do some exploring on his own and the lighthouse family is there as his guide.
When Jolly Olly Octopus gets the giggles, it isn't long before the waves of bubbly laughter have spread to all his friends and the whole sea bed is awash with sea creatures chuckling away. But, oh no! Here comes Shark! Suddenly things aren't quite so funny any more.
Early one morning an octopus leaves the safety of his parents’ home and sets out on the adventure of his life. He climbs into a boat, hides in a tackle box, gets thrown to shore, scuttles to a restaurant, plunges into a water pitcher, escapes from a greedy chef, hides among some melons, gets chased back to the ocean, narrowly avoids being made into Octopus Soup, and finally swims home to his mom’s loving tentacles. With graphic, digital artwork, Mercer Mayer takes you on a wordless journey you’ll never forget!
I hope you and your kids have fun learning about the amazing Octopus as part of your Ocean Animals Unit Study!