10 Children's Books About The beach

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
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!

Chu's Day at the Beach book
#3
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!

Indestructibles: Beach Baby book
#4
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.

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.

Checkers and Dot at the Beach book
#6
Checkers and Dot at the Beach
Written by J. Torres and illustrated by J. Lum
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Checkers and Dot visit the beach, where they count different items they find.

Hands & Hearts book
#7
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.

A Daisy at the Beach book
#8
A Daisy at the Beach
Written by Holly Anna and illustrated by Genevieve Santos
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

In this tenth Daisy Dreamer chapter book, Daisy tries to have a normal day at the beach, but with her imaginary friend Posey around, nothing stays normal for long! Daisy is ready to build sandcastles and swim in the ocean when her family takes a trip to the beach. But when her imaginary friend, Posey, tags along on the vacation, he brings plenty of surprises. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Daisy Dreamer chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.

Charlie Chick Goes on Holiday book
#9
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!

Waiting for High Tide book
#10
Waiting for High Tide
Written and illustrated by Nikki McClure
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

For one young boy, it's a perfect summer day to spend at the beach with his family. He scours the high tide line for treasures, listens to the swizzling sound of barnacles, and practices walking the plank. But mostly he waits for high tide. Then he'll be able to swim and dive off the log raft his family is building. While he waits, sea birds and other creatures mirror the family's behaviors: building and hunting, wading and eating. At long last the tide arrives, and human and animal alike savor the water. Another beautiful ode to life lived in harmony with nature, and by the labor of one's own hands, from an artist of great warmth and clarity.

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