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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!

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Read to Me

  • "The Earth and I" by Frank Asch
  • "Beach Baby" by Laurie Elmquist
  • "Breathe" by Scott Magoon
  • "Hey, Water!" by Antoinette Portis
  • "Anywhere Farm" by Phyllis Root
  • "I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean" by Kevin Sherry
  • "Octopus Alone" by Divya Srinivasan
  • "Bring On the Birds" by Susan Stockdale
  • "Dot, Stripe, Squiggle" by Sarah Grace Tuttle
  • "Sandy Feet! Whose Feet?: Footprints at the Shore" by Susan Wood

Read Together

  • "My Visit to the Aquarium" by Aliki
  • "Galápagos Girl" | "Galapagueña" by Marsha Diane Arnold
  • "Read, Learn & Create: The Ocean Craft Book" by Clare Beaton and Rudi Haig
  • "Stellaluna" by Janell Cannon
  • "The Sequoia Lives On" by Joanna Cooke
  • "Sea Creatures from the Sky" by Ricardo Cortés
  • "The Thing About Bees: A Love Letter" by Shabazz Larkin
  • "Driftwood Days" by William Miniver
  • "The Earth Book" by Todd Parr
  • "The Water Princess" by Susan Verde

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
  • "A House for Hermit Crab" OR "Una casa para el cangrejo ermitaño" by Eric Carle
  • "¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!: Descubriendo el bosque nublado" | "Olinguito, from A to Z!: Unveiling the Cloud Forest" by Lulu Delacre
  • "The Truth About Dolphins: Seriously Funny Facts About Your Favorite Animals" by Maxwell Eaton III
  • "The Puffins Are Back!" by Gail Gibbons
  • "The Magic and Mystery of Trees" by Jen Green
  • "Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist" by Jess Keating
  • "The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs" by Kate Messner
  • "Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement" by Stephanie Roth Sisson
  • "Seashells: More Than a Home" by Melissa Stewart

Read for a Challenge

  • "Captain Aquatica's Awesome Ocean" by Jess Cramp
  • "Coral Reefs" by Gail Gibbons
  • "Atlas of Ocean Adventures: A Collection of Natural Wonders, Marine Marvels and Undersea Antics from Across the Globe" by Emily Hawkins
  • "Humanimal: Incredible Ways Animals Are Just Like Us!" by Christopher Lloyd
  • "Sea Slime: It's Eeuwy, Gooey, and Under the Sea" OR "Mucosa marina: Es pegajosa, asquerosa y en el océano … fabulosa" by Ellen Prager
  • "The Secret Bay" by Kimberly Ridley
  • "Waterman's Boy" OR "Suspenso en la bahía" by Susan Sharpe
  • "One Well: The Story of Water on Earth" by Rochelle Strauss
  • "Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean" by Maris Wicks
  • "Can You Hear The Trees Talking?: Discovering the Hidden Life of the Forest" by Peter Wohlleben

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About Read to Reef

Who can participate?

Baltimore-area children in fifth grade and younger with a valid Enoch Pratt Free Library card may receive a Read to Reef bookmark and record the five aquatic- or conservation-themed books they have read that are appropriate for their age levels. Children may receive one bookmark per program season.

Did you know your child can have their own library card? Visit the Enoch Pratt Free Library website to learn how to apply. Please note the child must be present with parent, grandparent or legal guardian when registering.

What books can I read?

When does the program end?

Bookmarks are available at all Enoch Pratt Free Library branches beginning March 1, 2020, through March 31, 2020, or while supplies last.

You have until June 21, 2020, to complete your reading and visit the Aquarium with your completed bookmark.

Blackout dates for this season are April 10-11, 2020; April 13, 2020; and May 23-25, 2020.

Where are Enoch Pratt Free Library branches located?

Visit the Enoch Pratt Free Library website to find the closest branch to you!

What do I need to do to turn in my bookmark?

  • Bookmark must be completed in full with the titles of five books the child has read before arrival at the Aquarium.
  • Bring the completed bookmark to the National Aquarium ticket center. Each completed bookmark entitles admittance for participating child and up to three additional guests for general admission only during regular Aquarium hours on the day the tickets are claimed.
  • The bookmark is for one-time-use and cannot be used for multiple visits.
  • Bookmark is void if perforation is detached.
  • The bookmark cannot be reproduced, is non-transferable, will not be replaced if lost and has no value.
  • Tickets do not include 4D Immersion Films, special programs or events, which may be purchased separately.
  • Children 2 years and younger receive free admission. Additional guests beyond the four admitted with the bookmark pay full admission rates.
  • The bookmark cannot be used for online ticket purchases.
  • Bookmarks are subject to availability while supplies last. The bookmark expires June 21, 2020. Blackout dates are April 10-11, 2020; April 13, 2020; and May 23-25, 2020.