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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

  • "Octopus Oyster Hermit Crab Snail: A Poem of the Sea" by Sara Anderson
  • "The Earth and I" by Frank Asch
  • "Hooray for Fish!" by Lucy Cousins
  • "Rainforest" by Julia Groves
  • "All the Water in the World" by George Ella Lyon
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Stellaluna" by Janell Cannon
  • "The Sequoia Lives On" by Joanna Cooke
  • "Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish" by Janet Halfmann
  • "The Earth Book" by Todd Parr
  • "Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle" by Miranda Paul
  • "Like A Lizard" by April Pulley Sayre
  • "About Fish: A Guide for Children | Sobre Los Peces: Una guía para niños" by Cathryn Sill
  • "The Water Princess" by Susan Verde

Read on My Own

  • "A House for Hermit Crab" OR "Una casa par el cangrejo ermitaño" by Eric Carle
  • "Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau" by Jennifer Berne
  • "The Truth About Crocodiles: Seriously Funny Facts About Your Favorite Animals" by Maxwell Eaton III
  • "The Frog Book" by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
  • "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
  • "The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs" by Kate Messner
  • "¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!: Descubriendo el bosque nublado | Olinguito, from A to Z!: Unveiling the Cloud Forest" by Lulu Delacre
  • "Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle" by Claire A. Nivola
  • "One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia" by Miranda Paul

Read for a Challenge

  • "Superlative Birds" by Leslie Bulion
  • "Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor" by Robert Burleigh
  • "Science Comics: Sharks: Nature's Perfect Hunter" by Joe Flood
  • "What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet" by Jess French
  • "The Magic and Mystery of Trees" by Jen Green
  • "Dolphins! Strange and Wonderful" by Laurence Pringle
  • "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
  • "The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science" by Joyce Sidman
  • "One Well: The Story of Water on Earth" by Rochelle Strauss

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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 October 1, 2019, through October 31, 2019, or while supplies last.

You have until December 31, 2019, to complete your reading and visit the Aquarium with your completed bookmark.

Blackout dates for this season are: October 25, 2019 (Free Fall Friday Night); November 29, 2019; and December 7 and December 8, 2019 (Dollar Days).

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 December 31, 2019. Blackout dates are: October 25, 2019 (Free Fall Friday Night); November 29, 2019; and December 7 and December 8, 2019 (Dollar Days).