Ocean books for kids are the perfect way to learn about one of the most amazing parts of our world, and it’s a great way for children who aren’t near an ocean to bring it alive to them. If you are looking for even more great books, see our full list of best preschool books.
There is just something so enchanting about the ocean that makes it one of the best preschool themes that children love and want to do year after year. Whether you’re studying the ocean, seashells, the beach, sharks, fish, or anything else, these read-aloud ocean books are a perfect way to explore the big ocean blue in circle time or to have in your science center.
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Summer fun is just around the corner! What better way to kick off the warm weather than with a great ocean book list? I hope these titles having you dreaming of hot summer days, toes in the sand, and the cool breeze!
A colorful rhyming text that will draw in young readers with a new ocean creature on each page! Learn about dolphins, swordfish, jellyfish, and blue whales. Read on about the deep sea and barnacles too! This book allows for your reader to flip right to the animal page(s) they are most interested in and enjoy the ride! A great book to teach about new ocean animals and build young vocabulary.
This sing-along/read-along will have your child bouncing along and learning about many ocean creatures! The unique illustrations are made first with clay, then photographed so the pictures have a 3D feel throughout the story. The predictable text allows for your child to chime along and count along with the ocean animals hiding in the reef. A visually stunning book with a catchy tune!
Readers will delight in the unique clear/see-thru pages in this book that show the hidden creatures hiding behind the rocks and sea grass. Eric Carle’s classic storytelling comes to life with this vivid look at how ocean fathers care for their eggs and babies. With every turn of the page, we meet a new ocean character and learn about how the father helps the mother nurture them. This book will lead to new learning and questions and foster curiosity about ocean life!
This giant squid has discovered his massive size! He compares himself to many ocean creatures and he always turns out on top, until he finds himself face-to-face with a blue whale! He decides to turn his misfortune into a positive moment that brings humor and fun to the simple text. An easy-to-retell ocean story that will have your little reader grabbing it off the shelf and enjoying it anytime!
The realistic illustrations make this ocean book so enjoyable while bringing all five senses to life. Pam Munoz Ryan takes you on a trip to the beach and uses each sense to experience all the amazing glory that the beach has to offer. This playful poem will have even the youngest readers begging for a day at the beach! This is a great read for focusing on our five senses and how different experiences involve our different senses. A perfect sensory activity to go along with it would our ocean-themed sensory bin that feels just like beach sand!
Hermit Crab seeks the perfect home and learns about change and adapting along the way! This classic Eric Carle story follows Hermit Crab on his adventure to find a home that fits just right. He meets beautiful ocean creatures along his journey and invites them to make his new home even more lovely. Hermit Crab has such a friendly disposition and is a great character to utilize as a role model. We individually make the world a more beautiful place and Hermit Crab believes just that!
Poor Pout-Pout fish! His days are glum and dreary and he never smiles. The other ocean animals try to cheer him up, but he is convinced that sad is just who he is. “I’m a Pout-Pout Fish, with a pout-pout face, and I spread the dreary-wearies all over the place!” Until he meets a new fish who gives him a simple kiss and turns his frown upside down.
This story has so many great lessons for kids and outlines how the power of positive thinking can turn a situation around!
In this cheeky retelling of The Three Little Pigs, three fish must make their homes big and strong to protect them from the Big Bad Shark! One fish builds his home of seaweed, one builds with sand, and one makes his home in an old sunken ship! Who will outsmart the shark? This bright and colorful, fun-filled ocean read-aloud will delight little ones who already know the infamous Big Bad Wolf story.
We hope your children or class love these ocean books as much as we do! And here are some more ideas if you’re doing an ocean theme:
And here’s a list of even more wonderful books we encourage you to take a look at:
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