Under the sea booklist

A selection of books featuring sea creatures, pirates, lighthouses and more. The watery theme should encourage your child to get reading this summer holidays.

Baby to 3

Ocean Babies Ocean Babies
Deborah Lee Rose

The babies of the ocean come alive in this colourful tale of life as it begins beneath the waves. Your baby can see how their favourite sea animals grow and learn just as they do and how they are an important and beloved piece belonging to our delicate circle of life.

Clumsy Crab Clumsy Crab
Ruth Galloway

Nippers is a little crab with big claws. No matter how hard he tries, he always seems to get things caught between them and ruin the fun. When he finds his friend the Octopus caught in the weeds, it’s Nippers’ turn to be the hero and use his claws for good.

Under the Sea Under the Sea
Fiona Watt

With jigsaw puzzles of different textures you can help your little one improve their sensory abilities alongside a story depicting various vibrant sea creatures.

Age 3 to 5

The Rainbow Fish The Rainbow Fish
Marcus Pfister

When the rainbow fish’s friend asks for one of his beautiful scales, he doesn’t want to share. His selfishness upsets his friends and they no longer want to play with him. After seeking advice from an octopus, the rainbow fish discovers that sharing is caring and it makes him happier to give to his friends than to keep his treasures to himself.

The The Singing Mermaid
Julia Donaldson

A beautiful mermaid with a lovely voice joins the circus to sing and perform, but alas, even though the audience loves her she finds herself to be quite lonely. The circus owner, Sam Sly, won’t let her free but can she find a way to escape without his help? The “Singing Mermaid” is a glittering story that invites your child into an underwater world of adventure, betrayal, trust, and friendship.

Commotion in the Ocean Commotion in the Ocean
Giles Andreae

Every single creature- from whales, dolphins, crabs, and jellyfish- are moving and grooving in the deep blue sea to this lyrical and rhyming verse book from Giles Andreae. Join in the commotion of the ocean and wiggle along with your child too.

Do Pirates Take Baths? Do Pirates Take Baths?
Kathy Tucker

Ever wonder what it was like to be a pirate? This charming book leads you through the fantastic lives of pirates: what they do, what they eat, what their birthdays are like, and of course, if they take baths! Hold tight to your courage and sail through the pages of the high seas and experience the thrilling (and sometimes smelly) adventure.

Clam I am Clam I am
Dr. Seuss

Norval the fish is setting up for his seaside talk show on the Fish Channel but needs some help. Who better to film than the Cat in the Hat himself? Along with Thing One and Thing Two and with special guest Clam-I-Am, Norval interviews a starfish, jellyfish, and even those pesky sand fleas to find out about seaweed, dunes, driftwood, and the many other things that make the beach so special.

Tiddler: The Storytelling Fish Tiddler: The Storytelling Fish
Julia Donaldson

From being saved by a mermaid to riding a seahorse, Tiddler is a lively little fish who loves to tell tall tales about his adventures. Everyone except for his classmate Little Johnny Dory knows Tiddler is not always telling the truth, until the day he stumbles into a fisherman’s grasp. Tossed back into the sea, but lost and afraid, Tiddler overhears his own stories about himself and follows them through the ocean and all the way back home. As usual of course, no one believes Tiddler except for Little Johhny Dory who has a surprise for Tiddler at the end.

Age 5 to 7

Winnie Under the Sea Winnie Under the Sea
Valerie Thomas

When Winnie drags poor Wilbur to the seaside for holiday, he’s reluctant to splash in…that is, until Winnie turns him into a catfish. Winnie turns herself into an octopus and together they’re having a blast until Winnie loses her wand. Suddenly things aren’t going so swimmingly as Winnie and Wilbur must search for her wand, or stay stuck as catfish and octopus forever!

Pirates Love Underpants Pirates Love Underpants
Claire Freedman

Join the pirates of the Black Bloomer on a quest for the magical and treasure-ific Pants of Gold. Sail through bubbly swamps, navigate around grumpy crocodiles, and meet some sharks with some very fancy shorts as you and your little one swashbuckle your way through this engaging treasure.

A House for Hermit Crab A House for Hermit Crab
Eric Carle

When Hermit Crab outgrows his shell, he realizes it is time to choose a new one. Although he finds a lovely new shell that fits perfectly, he misses the home that he had made in his old shell. With the help of his friends, Hermit Crab decorates his shell anew and realizes that home is where the heart is.

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch
Ronda Armitage

Every day Mr. Grinling attends to the lighthouse, and everyday he enjoys a lunch prepared by his wife Mrs. Grinling. Mrs. Grinling wheels the lunch across a line that connects from their home to the lighthouse. Soon a flock of seagulls catch on and begin stealing Mr. Grinlings lunch. Despite her best efforts, Mrs. Grinling can’t seem to trick the seagulls…or can she?

Age 7 to 11

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau
Jennifer Berne

Long before Jacques Cousteau was an internationally known oceanographer he was just a curious child. Captured in a series of stunning pictures depicting the endless life forms of the sea, we learn of Jacques Cousteau’s marvellous journey.

Aquamarine Aquamarine
Alice Hoffman

The day after a storm, best friends Hailey and Claire discover a mermaid named Aquamarine trapped in the pool of the local beach club. Together they befriend Aquamarine and agree to help her return, but not before she can find love on land. As the week unfolds, Hailey and Claire learn important lessons about friendship, growing up, and the magic that lurks in unexpected places.

Pirates! Pirates!
Celia Rees

Two young women of extraordinarily different backgrounds are brought together one desperate night in the 18th century West Indies. Realizing their only chance of saving one another is escape, they set sail on a pirate ship in order to live the life of freedom they’ve always wanted. Together they battle the high seas and dangerous enemies in this liberating adventure.

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