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May 22, 2020

Summer Reading: Books for Young People

SEA Semester

Do you have youngsters in your family looking for good ocean-related books to read over the summer?  Our recent list of adult books recommended by SEA faculty was so well received, we decided to ask them what they recommend for young readers. Here’s what they suggested. (LG = Lower Grades K-3; MG = Middle Grades 4-8)


Baby Beluga, by Raffi, illustrated by Ashley Wolff (LG)

Amos and Boris, a picture book by William Steig (LG)

The Snail and the Whale, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (LG)

My Visit to the Aquarium, by Aliki,  (LG)

Dory Story, by Jerry Pallotta (LG)

Pagoo, by Holling C. Holling (LG)

Moby Dick: A Pop-up Book, by Sam Ita (LG)

The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor, by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen (LG)

A Day in the Salt Marsh, by Kevin Kurtz (LG)

Creatrilogy (The Dot, Ish, and Sky Color), by Peter Reynolds (LG)

Sea Secrets: Tiny Clues to a Big Mystery, by Mary Cerullo & Beth Simmons (LG)

The Voyage of the Mimi, by Bank Street School  (LG)

Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man: A Tale of the Sea in the Classic Tradition, by Robert McCloskey (LG)

Little Rat Sets Sail, by Monika Bang-Campbell (SEA alum and former steward, inspired by her time with SEA.  (LG)

Ocean Sunlight, How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas, by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm (LG)

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist, by Jess Keating and Marta Alvarez Miguens (LG)

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (LG)

Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere, by Barb Rosenstock (Participant in SEA's MBC Symposium last year, and currently writing a children's book about the Sargasso Sea!)  (LG)

Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson (MG)

Swallows and Amazons, by Arthur Ransome (MG) For teens who like sailing & adventure. Plus it's the first in a series of twelve books so, if it appeals, it's reading security for the entire summer!

Paddle-to-the-Sea, by Holling Clancy Holling (1941) Offers a lovely way to introduce children to the concept of watersheds, in this case the Great Lakes. (MG)

Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick  The adolescent version of In the Heart of the Sea. (MG)

The Shark Whisperer (Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians Book 1), by Ellen Prager (MG)

Compass South, a graphic novel by Hope Larsen (MG)

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, by Avi (MG)

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