Read to Reef Book List

Read to Reef Book List

Underwater worlds are waiting.
Dive into a book today.

Want to read something different? You’re not limited to the books on this list—ask the children’s librarian at your Enoch Pratt Free Library branch for a recommendation!


  • "Hooray for Fish!" by Lucy Cousins
  • "Chesapeake ABC" by Priscilla Cummings
  • "Puffin Peter" by Petr Horáček
  • "We’re Roaming in the Rainforest" by Laurie Krebs
  • "All the Water in the World" by George Ella Lyon
  • "Ocean Babies" by Deborah Lee Rose
  • "Following Papa’s Song" by Gianna Marino
  • "I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean" by Kevin Sherry
  • "Octopus Alone" by Divya Srinivasan
  • "Bring on the Birds" by Susan Stockdale

Read Together

  • "My Visit to the Aquarium" by Aliki
  • "Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef" by Marianne Berkes
  • "The Umbrella" by Jan Brett
  • "Stellaluna" by Janell Cannon
  • "Mister Seahorse" by Eric Carle
  • "Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish" by Janet Halfmann
  • "The EARTH Book" by Todd Parr
  • "Water Is Water" by Miranda Paul
  • "A Bird is a Bird" by Lizzy Rockwell
  • " Flotsam" by David Wiesner

Read on My Own

  • "Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau" by Jennifer Berne
  • "Coral Reefs" by Jason Chin
  • "¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! : descubriendo el bosque nublado" | "Olinguito, from A to Z! : unveiling the cloud forest" by Lulu Delacre
  • "The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea" by Brenda Z. Guiberson
  • "Waiting for High Tide" by Nikki McClure
  • "Recycling Day" by Edward Miller
  • "Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle" by Claire A. Nivola
  • "Here Come the Humpbacks!" by April Pulley Sayre
  • "Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!" by April Pulley Sayre
  • "High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs" by Lisa Kahn Schnell

Read for a Challenge

  • "Super Swimmers: Whales, Dolphins, and Other Mammals of the Sea" by Caroline Arnold
  • "Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life" by Jim Arnosky
  • "Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas" by Molly Bang
  • "Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor" by Robert Burleigh
  • "Hotel Deep: Light Verse from Dark Water" by Kurt Cyrus
  • "Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World" by Steve Jenkins
  • "Journey Into the Deep : discovering new ocean creatures" by Rebecca L. Johnson
  • "Octopuses!: strange and wonderful" by Laurence Pringle
  • "A Place for Turtles" by Melissa Stewart
  • "One Well: The Story of Water on Earth" by Rochelle Strauss

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