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Read to Reef Book List

Read to Reef Book List

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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!

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Read to Me

  • "One Day On Our Blue Planet … In the Ocean" by Ella Bailey
  • "Rainforest" by Julia Groves
  • "Puffin Peter" by Petr Horáček
  • "All the Water in the World" by George Ella Lyon
  • "Following Papa's Song" by Gianna Marino
  • "Life in a Coral Reef" by Wendy Pfeffer
  • "En el mar" by Roger Priddy
  • "Anywhere Farm" by Phyllis Root
  • "Octopus Alone" by Divya Srinivasan
  • "Hello Humpback!" by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd

Read Together

  • "My Visit to the Aquarium" by Aliki
  • "Sea Creatures from the Sky" by Ricardo Cortés
  • "Turtle Pond" by James Gladstone
  • "Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World" by Christy Hale
  • "Hello Ocean | Hola mar" by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • "The Earth Book" by Todd Parr
  • "Ana and the Sea Star" by R. Lynne Roelfs
  • "About Fish | Sobre los peces" by Cathryn Sill
  • "About Habitats: Seashores" by Cathryn Sill
  • "The Big Book of the Blue" by Yuval Zommer

Read on My Own

  • "Moonlight Crab Count" OR "Contando los cangrejos herradura a la luz de la luna" by Dr. Neeti Bathala and Jennifer Keats Curtis
  • "Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin" by Michelle Cusolito
  • "Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth" by Nicola Davies
  • "The Truth About Dolphins: Seriously Funny Facts About Your Favorite Animals" by Maxwell Eaton III
  • "Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist" by Jess Keating
  • "Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years" by Stacy McAnulty
  • "I Am the Rain" by John Paterson
  • "One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia" by Miranda Paul
  • "The Secret Pool" by Kimberly Ridley
  • "Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement" by Stephanie Roth Sisson

Read for a Challenge

  • "Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor" by Robert Burleigh
  • "Dolphins: Voices in the Ocean" by Susan Casey
  • "How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming" by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch
  • "Sharkpedia" by DK
  • "The Orca Scientists" by Kim Perez Valice
  • "Sea Slime: It's Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea" OR "Mucosa marina: Es Pegajosa, Asquerosa Y En El Océano … Fabulosa" by Ellen Prager
  • "Octopuses!: Strange and Wonderful" by Laurence Pringle
  • "The Secret Bay" by Kimberly Ridley
  • "Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere" by Barb Rosenstock
  • "Waterman's Boy" OR "Suspenso en la Bahía" by Susan Sharpe

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