Summer beach reads to inspire childhood adventures

 In Books and Movies

Welcome to #ReadGo2014 Beach Week. This week we will be highlighting books that will inspire your family to head to the beach to explore, along with a few tips for safe adventures while you are there. Head to the bottom of this post for an exciting giveaway to get your kids motivated to read all summer long. 


Whatever way you look at it, when it comes to summer adventures, no books scream fun like books featuring the beach. The sand, surf, sun and creatures that call it home just beckon your little ones to devour the words right off the pages. We’ve got more summer beach reads in our house than I can count, but here are five that we read over and over again to get ready for our beach breaks.

Books-005--thumbnailIn My Ocean

by Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich
A simple board book with a tiny twist. Have your child stick their finger in the back of the book and a cloth dolphin pops to life, dancing through the pages as you see where he lives and what he loves to do with his family. Your kids will be giggling in no time and asking for a pet dolphin before the night is through.


Books-004-thumbnailSea Star Wishes: Poems from the Coast

by Eric Ode and Erik Brooks
From the moment I received this book I couldn’t get over the illustrations. The details were exquisite. I wanted to hang a few on my wall. Move past the imagery and celebrated song writer Eric Ode’s poems transport you to the beaches of the Pacific Northwest, exploring where an octopus hides, what creatures live in tide pools and the friendly ferries that call Puget Sound home.


Books-001-thumbnailHarry by the Sea

by Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham
Step onto the beach with your favorite white dog with black spots. He loves the beach but doesn’t like sitting in the hot sun (I can relate). Follow Harry as he tries to find a nice shady spot to hang out while his family plays the day away.


Books-002-thumbnailCurious George Goes to the Beach

by H. A. Rey
That little monkey is at it again! Join George as he plays ball, digs in the sand, meets a hungry seagull and plays lifeguard. He also tries to help his friend Betsy overcome her fear of the ocean; a fear this mom can certainly understand. There are so many big fish swimming around out there!


Books-003-thumbnailClam-I-Am!: All About the Beach 

by Tish Rabe and Aristides Ruiz
Now I am a Dr. Seuss purest just as much as any other kid who grew up on his books, but these Cat In the Hat spin off stories, more similar to the PBS cartoon than the original tales, do entrance my kids and teach them a few things. The rhymes don’t always work, but we learn so much in each page about the natural world around us. I can give up on the rhymes for a bit if I must.



More beach books for young readers

Wish for a Fish: All About Sea Creatures (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library) by Bonnie Worth

The Missing Beach Ball (Clifford the Big Red Dog) by Sonali Fry

Fancy Nancy: Sand Castles and Sand Palaces by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser

Spot Goes to the Beach by Eric Hill

Sneetches on Beaches (Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection) by Dr. Seuss

Maisy at the Beach: A Sticker Book by Lucy Cousins

Eloise Goes to the Beach by Kay Thompson, Hilary Knight, Sonali Fry and Tammie Lyon

A Day at the Beach (Dora the Explorer) by Nickelodeon

Good Night Ocean (Good Night Our World series) by Mark Jasper and Cooper Kelly

Sesame Street Pop-Up Books-Elmo’s Beach Day by Gina Gold, Judy O Productions Inc and Adam Devaney

Paddington at the Beach by Michael Bond and R. W. Alley

Kai-lan’s Beach Day (Ni Hao, Kai-lan) by Maggie Testa and Dave Walston

Kipper’s Beach Ball by Mick Inkpen

Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach By James Dean

Nighttime On the Beach by Paige Cunningham and Janet Payne

Dancing Dinos at the Beach by Sally Lucas and Margeaux Lucas

Pickles and the P-Flock Bullies by Stephen Cosgrove and Robin James

When a Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore and Howard McWilliam

Beach Day (Little Critter First Reader) by Mercer Mayer

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and David Shannon

Summer beach reads


Enter to win a 7″ Kindle Fire HD to kick off
your summer reading adventures. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Recommended Posts
Showing 2 comments
  • Bronwyn Joy

    Those Harry books are always a favourite.

    The other one I like is “Wow! Ocean!” Very intricate illustrations (very basic – but effective! – text).

  • wanderingeducators


Winter reads