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The Beach: Books For Kids

This list of the best kids books about the beach is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life! From Boats on the Bay to Indestructibles: Beach Baby there's something here for everyone's tastes. Do you have a favorite book about the beach? Let us know!

Boats on the Bay book
#1
Boats on the Bay
Written by Jeanne Walker Harvey and illustrated by Grady McFerrin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Illustrations and easy to read text portray a variety of vessels, from houseboats to dredgers, through the course of a busy day on the bay.

Sea Rex book
#2
Sea Rex
Written and illustrated by Molly Idle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

What could that be down in the sea? Is it a fish? A snail? A mermaid’s tail? No, it’s bigger than that . . . a LOT bigger . . . it’s Sea Rex! Join Cordelia and her cretacious companions as they spend a memorable day at the beach, as only dinosaurs can do!

Charlie Chick Goes on Holiday book
#3
Charlie Chick Goes on Holiday
Written by Nick Denchfield and illustrated by Ant Parker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A first pop-up book about Charlie Chick's holiday by the sea!Charlie Chick is going on holiday. He's packed a rubber ring, a bucket, a spade, and a HUGE kite. But what will he do with them? Open the pops and unfold the giant flap to find out!With stunning paper engineering by Nick Denchfield and wonderful illustrations by Ant Parker, Charlie Chick Goes on Holiday is sure to bring a giggle and a gasp from young and old alike!

Chu's Day at the Beach book
#4
Chu's Day at the Beach
Written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Adam Rex
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A new adventure for everyone’s favorite sneezing panda, from New York Times bestselling team Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex. Now available as a board book for Neil Gaiman’s youngest fans! Chu and his family are going to the beach! Chu is excited. He will get to play in the sand and wade in the water. But what will happen if Chu sneezes at the beach? And what will happen if he doesn’t? A perfect read-aloud story about a summertime adventure!

The Seashore Book book
#5
The Seashore Book
Written by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by Wendell Minor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A summer classic by two masters, reissued and redesigned for contemporary audiences. Wendell Minor’s elegant artwork and Charlotte Zolotow’s simple, evocative prose brings a day at the beach vividly to life as a boy and his mother imagine what it would be like to spend a day at the seashore.

Hands & Hearts book
#6
Hands & Hearts
Written by Donna Jo Napoli and illustrated by Amy Bates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

A mother and daughter spend a sunny day at the beach together where they swim, dance, build sandcastles, and, most importantly, communicate. But their communication is not spoken; rather, it is created by loving hands that use American Sign Language. Readers will learn how to sign 15 words using American Sign Language with the help of sidebars that are both instructive and playful. And the beautifully illustrated beach scenes will appeal both to the deaf community and to hearing parents and children, who will enjoy this gentle introduction to some basic words in ASL. Hands & Hearts is a picture book unlike any other, revealing the special bond between mother and child.

Indestructibles: Beach Baby book
#7
Indestructibles: Beach Baby
Written by Amy Pixton and illustrated by Kate Merritt
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Beach Baby is the perfect beach book for baby, telling the sweet story of baby’s day at the beach—and it’s sand-proof, waterproof, and sunscreen-proof, too. With two million copies in print, Indestructibles are the books built for the way babies read. They are 100 percent baby-proof, chew-proof, rip-proof, and drool-proof. Printed on a unique nontoxic, paperlike material that holds up to anything babies can throw at it—gumming, spilling, dragging across the floor—Indestructibles are the little books that could. They’re indestructible. And if they get dirty, just throw them in the dishwasher or rinse them in the sink.

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