Our annual trip to the beach is a major highlight of the year for our boys. Having just returned home from this year’s trip, I’ve got beach on the brain!
So here’s a list of our favorite children’s books about the beach. These are the books we read in the days leading up to the big trip each year. Reading about all the things we may see and experience at the beach just adds to the boys’ excitement. And each year we seem to discover a new favorite title or two.
8 Favorite Children’s Books About the Beach
1. Hello Ocean is a long-time favorite at our house. It explores many aspects of a trip to the beach, all revolving around the five senses, with beautifully painted, photo-like illustrations.
2. Each of our boys has loved All You Need for a Beach, especially around the age of three. With fun, rhyming text and playful illustrations, it also explores typical aspects of a day at the beach.
3. The Seaside Switch is a fabulous look at the tides, with detailed illustrations. Older Brother loved spotting the little boy’s sketches throughout the story.
4. What Lives in a Shell? provides a wonderful overview of creatures with shells, including those you might encounter at the beach. Both boys (3 and almost-7) were captivated by the pictures and descriptions in this informative book.
5. Margaret Wise Brown, celebrated author of Good Night Moon, The Runaway Bunny, Big Red Barn and many more, has an entire “Noisy” series. This Seashore Noisy Book is a winner! My boys loved Muffin the dog, as well as the interactive format of the text–lots of questions!
7. Time of Wonder is best suited for older kids who can sit still for the lengthy text. McCloskey is a favorite author at our home–we also love Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal, among others.
8. Miranda’s Beach Day is Little Brother’s current favorite. Such a sweet story of Miranda’s first trip to the beach, with a poignant ending. The book’s last page includes an interesting explanation of Keller’s illustrative techniques.
9. Bonus: Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars
This title isn’t a story but it’s a great little guide to take along to the beach, or to read in preparation for your trip. We love the Take Along Guides series!
For more ideas: check out Books About the Beach for Kids (from No Time for Flashcards)
Also check out these summer favorites:
- Favorite Children’s Books for Summer
- 11 Favorite Children’s Books about Seeds and Gardens
- More Delightful Children’s Books about Gardening
What would you add to our list?
Kathleen Henderson is the Yankee behind the Homestead, where she keeps up with Mr. Native Texan, three busy boys, a large dog, an assortment of chickens and an organic garden on three beautiful acres in Northern Virginia. Yankee Homestead is where she organizes her tips, tricks and resources for a healthy life. Favorite topics include real food recipes, gluten-free living, essential oils and home remedies, all things natural and nontoxic, plus mommy musings and homeschooling resources. Find out more on the About page