I recently started leading a story time at our local library every Tuesday evening. My family and I love the library and visit every week – often times multiple times per week. I wanted to give back but knew that for me, strong financial giving wasn’t going to be an option at the moment. When I reached out to the Children’s librarian she told me that there was a strong request for an evening story time but she didn’t have a volunteer to lead it. As she is a one woman department in our middle sized town, she could only do so much and therefore had been unable to offer the opportunity to our community. This is where I enthusiastically stepped in. This week I’m going to be reading some ocean themed books and thought this was the perfect opportunity to share with you our family’s 5 favorite ocean themed books.
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1. Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating
This book has been a great read for my seven year old and I. Any time that I can you will find me working bits of non-fiction into my girls’ lives. Here we have a non-fiction ocean themed book that also tells the story of a real life brave woman. In a house full of girls, the more powerful, smart, and creative women I can introduce them to the better! What helps is that while this story is non-fiction, the illustrations are beautiful and the story flows nicely. Karrigan (age 7) and Sinclaire (age 4) loved looking at all of the pictures and Karrigan seemed to really relate to how Eugenie’s character was portrayed in the book.
2. Lift The Flap Nature: Hidden World Ocean by Libby Walden
This is another FANTASTIC ocean themed book that falls in the non-fiction category. All three of my girls – ages 2, 4, and 7 – love looking through this book. Each page opens up to a series of hand illustrated and colored flaps that fold out in segments to reveal information and even more beautiful artwork. The information presented is short and to the point which is great for young kids and the pictures and flaps keep everyone engaged.
3. I’m a Shark by Bob Shea
If you love a good laugh then you are going to love this story of a large Great White shark who may (or may not!) be afraid of spiders. What things scare a shark? You’ll have to read this giggly page turner to find out. We check this book out over and over and still laugh every time.
4. National Geographic Little Kids Ocean Counting
I have a confession to make – I’m not a fan of counting books. Now, I DO understand the importance of these books and my kids enjoy them, but as the mom who has to read them over and over and OVER again – they typically aren’t my favorite. That being said, this ocean themed counting book by National Geographic is great. As always National Geographic delivers on the real life pictures of the items being counted. It’s simple, fun, and led to some great time spent counting various forms of sea life on every page.
5. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
My list would not be honest or complete without including this children’s classic. The Rainbow Fish is the story of the ocean’s most beautiful fish who quickly learns that beauty alone can’t build friendships. What will the rainbow fish do when faced with connecting with others or keeping his most prized possession? This is a great story about friendship, sharing, and the values that make us who we are on the inside.
Libraries are great – I love ours – but sometimes it is nice to give books as gifts or have ones that are special to your family. If you want to add one of these books to your permanent collection Amazon is the one stop spot!
I hope that the next time you are looking for some underwater fun you will consider one of these books!