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

  • "Hooray for Fish!" by Lucy Cousins
  • "Puffin Peter" by Petr Horáček
  • "Breathe" by Scott Magoon
  • "Following Papa's Song" by Gianna Marino
  • "Hello Ocean | Hola mar" by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • "Anywhere Farm" by Phyllis Root
  • "Thank You, Earth" by April Pulley Sayre
  • "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
  • "Agua, Agüita | Water, Little Water" by Jorge Tetl Argueta
  • "Galapágos Girl | Galapagueña" by Marsha Diane Arnold
  • "Stellaluna" by Janell Cannon
  • "Mister Seahorse" by Eric Carle
  • "Turtle Pond" by James Gladstone
  • "The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just" by Mélina Mangal
  • "The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs" by Kate Messner
  • "The Earth Book" by Todd Parr
  • "The Water Princess" by Susan Verde

Read on My Own

  • "Baby Dolphin's First Swim" by American Museum of Natural History
  • "Coral Reefs" by Jason Chin
  • "Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin" by Michelle Cusolito
  • "¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!: Descubriendo el bosque nublado | Olinguito, from A to Z!: Unveiling the Cloud Forest" by Lulu Delacre
  • "A Frog's Life" by Irene Kelly
  • "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
  • "High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs" by Lisa Kahn Schnell
  • "Sea Creatures" by Seymour Simon
  • "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
  • "How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming" by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch
  • "What a Waste! Where Does Garbage Go?" by Claire Eamer
  • "Science Comics: Sharks: Nature's Perfect Hunter" by Joe Flood
  • "Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World" by Steve Jenkins
  • "Octopuses! 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 March 1, 2019, through March 31, 2019, or while supplies last.

You have until June 16, 2019, to complete your reading and visit the Aquarium with your completed bookmark.

Blackout dates for this season are April 19, 2019 and May 25, 2019.

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 16, 2019. Blackout dates are April 19, 2019 and May 25, 2019.

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