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Ocean Literacy Day - Dive Into Reading!

Today is Ocean Literacy Day! In celebration, I'd like to share with you a few of my favorite children's books that feature oceans and aquatic life!

Reading is not only an integral key to your child's future success in school, it also presents a great opportunity to bring you and your child closer to the treasures of the ocean, and to each other!

Swimmy by Leo Lionni 

Swimmy

What could be better than an adorable book about cooperation and courage? In this book for younger children (interest level=K-2, grade reading level 3.5). Swimmy teaches that being brave isn't so tough when you have friends to back you up!

Dutch artist Leo Lionni brings his unique creative style to this Caldecott Honor Book.

A Home for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

A House for Hermit Crab

Just like us, hermit crabs face a lot of change in their lives. This comforting book by the famed children’s book author Eric Carle teaches about the challenge hermit crabs face in looking for a new home  (interest level = K-2, grade reading level 3.5). This story is particularly touching when your child is growing out of their clothes, crib or even moving to a new home.

Although a little tentative about the new shell at first, this little crab gets help from his friends to decorate his shell and turn it into a wonderful new home!

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

I'm The Biggest Thing in the Ocean

After taking inventory all of the other ocean animals, the giant squid is confident that it’s the biggest animal in the ocean. That is, until he meets the other smaller animals in the (ahem) stomach of a much larger whale. This friendly book (interest level = K-3, grade reading level 2) helps children understand “big and small” and the relationship between predators and prey.

Perfect for preschoolers, this bold and delightful collage art shows that although the big blue squid finds itself swimming inside the whale, he maintains a very positive outlook.

If you have a favorite ocean-related children’s book that you’d like to share, please add it to our list in the comments section below. Happy reading!

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