Perfect for Summer: Books about Beaches and the Seashore


Perfect for Summer:

Books about Beaches and the Seashore


Do you like going to the beach? Do you like exploring the seashore? Today’s books are all about the beach and seashore life. Enjoy!


Hello Ocean

by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Mark Astrella

This author clearly knows what it’s like to spend time on an ocean beach. Her text just sings with ocean-ness. This would make a lovely read aloud.


A Day in the Salt Marsh

by Kevin Kurtz, illustrated by Consie Powell

This book follows the changes in a salt marsh as the tide goes out and then comes back in. The rhyming text marks the changes and gives lots of good salt marsh information.


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The Seaside Switch

by Kathleen V. Kudlinski, illustrated by Lindy Burnett (sorry, no link)

This is another book about tides at the seashore. All the changes are seen through the eyes of a boy as he explores throughout the day.


These Seas Count!

by Alison Formento, illustrated by Sarah Snow

A class takes a trip to Sunnyside Beach on Beach Clean-Up Day. They learn from Captain Ned as he tells about the ocean’s animals and how the ocean helps everyone. Then all the kids help clean up the beach.


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The Disappearing Island

by Corinne Demas, illustrated by Ted Lewin (sorry, no link)

Carrie’s grandmother takes her to the disappearing island for her ninth birthday. Grandma takes them in her boat as the tide goes out. The island is just sand and rocks and they were the only people there. After a lovely day, they head back to the mainland.



by Elisha Cooper

Are you a careful observer? Do you like to watch what goes on around you? If you are, you will like this book, written and drawn by someone who is a great observer. Elisha Cooper shows the complete beach, as experienced by all the people he observes. Outstanding!


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Come to the Ocean’s Edge

by Laurence Pringle, illustrated by Michael Chesworth (sorry, no link)

This lovely book is perfectly ocean. The calming watercolor illustrations, the text that wonderfully captures the seashore, and the extra information at the end—it’s what the ocean is all about.


See You Next Year!

by Andrew Larsen, illustrated by Todd Stewart

A girl and her family go to the same beach and stay in the same motel every year. This year, she meets a new friend. Together, they explore and enjoy each day at the beach. This is a sweet book.


One White Wishing Stone: A Beach Day Counting Book

by Doris K. Gayzagian, illustrated by Kristina Swarner

One white wishing stone…Two periwinkle shells… A girl counts her treasures at the beach and then uses them to decorate her sand castle. Beach-serene.


Shells! Shells! Shells!

by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Buddy and his mother spend the day at the beach collecting shells. As the collect, Buddy finds out about lots of different kinds of shells. This would make a great book to read before or during a beach trip.


Do you have favorite beach and seashore books that I missed? Write them in the Comments Box!


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