NONFICTION KIDS’ BOOKS ABOUT OCEANS AND MARINE LIFE
Kids will like these nonfiction books that educate children about the incredible ways that the seas and their inhabitants contribute to the health of our world since marine life is so intriguing. Check out my collection of nonfiction books for kids about earth science, which is an addition to this list of books about the oceans and seas.
I’ve included a range of subjects on this list of children’s ocean books, such as specific marine creatures, general education books, biographies, defending the seas, and even a comic book that instructs youngsters via a fun science fiction story!
Ocean: Secrets of the Deep by Sabrina Weiss. I appreciate this in-depth analysis of the waters. This is a book to enjoy and explore since it contains information about everything, including creatures, ecosystems, maps, and environmental problems. The arrangement is simple to read, and I like the graphics. Purchase this one!
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean by Catherine Hughes. Any book from the National Geographic Kids collection is fantastic, and when my children were little toddlers, they adored their “First Big Books” on different subjects. The fact that this book develops with your kid is its finest feature. Simple facts and eye-catching images may teach preschoolers a lot, but older children will appreciate digging deeper with the information “blurbs.”
Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem by Patricia Newman. Because I grew up on the shore in California, I have a special affection for sea otters. I adore those tiny guys! This nonfiction book examines activities in Monterey’s Elkhorn Slough and how the otters are essential to the environment. This Robert F. Sibert, Informational Honor Book, is a wonderful jewel because of the excellent images, the simple-to-read writing, and the interesting layout.
The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs by Kate Messner. This brilliantly illustrated, award-winning book recounts the fascinating history of conservation attempts to restore coral reefs. The tale centers on Ken Nedimyer’s life story, beginning when he was a little lad and full of curiosity for the seas. He started experimenting with establishing new coral colonies after becoming worried about the condition of the coral reefs as an environmental scientist. There are more materials and vocabulary in the endnote.
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A Nivola. Not all explorers are seafarers and mountaineers, however! The modest “investigations” of a girl observing a pond are the peaceful beginning of this novel. She begins researching the Gulf of Mexico when her family relocates to Florida. This unexpectedly emotional book has intricate graphics that allow readers to fully appreciate Earle’s passion for the ocean and everything it supports. With your children, use this book to spark a discussion on how discovering new places may motivate us to protect the environment.
Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas by Molly Bang and Polly Chisholm. This charming book may teach children how various environmental systems “feed” off one another. A few lyrical passages in the narrative illustrate how sun energy sustains ocean and marine life. The writers’ Sunlight series includes several other books that explain how the sun affects our globe and keeps us warm throughout the summer.
How to Survive as a Shark by Kristen Foote. This is a lively, enjoyable approach to the nonfiction genre. A teaching shark in full pirate garb instructs the young sharks while also educating the reader about sharks! Includes pictures, a dictionary, and a tonne of information! Take a look at this kind of factual tale; it’s a blast to read aloud!
Coral Reefs: A Journey Through an Aquatic World Full of Wonder by Jason Chin. In this exquisitely drawn picture book, a little girl reading about the ocean in the New York Public Library finds herself carried away on a journey of scientific discovery. I like how a factual book incorporates parts of narrative fantasy to engage young readers who may not always want to read about facts and more.
Sea Horse: The Shyest Fish in the Sea by Chris Butterworth. I was a little obsessed with miniature sea horses when I was younger, and I thought they were amazing. The wonder is well captured in the woodcut and engraving images by John Lawrence. This is a great novel that is also appropriate for toddlers.
Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson. When reading nonfiction, I try to mix in some activism-related tales. They may demonstrate to children how even a small number of individuals can have a significant impact. Several books on this list about the ocean educate children about how linked ecosystems are, laying the groundwork for them to comprehend how significant it is that a group of youngsters were able to save “a lot of turtles.”
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion by Loree Griffin Burns. I’ve already expressed my appreciation for the Scientists in the Field books. To better understand ocean currents and the state of the seas, Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer transforms rubbish into scientific data. Photographs will show readers how once-commonplace items like LEGO, toothbrushes, and toys have devolved into rubbish that is harmful to the environment. Look for more volumes in this fantastic series with an ocean theme.
Mad Scientist Academy: The Ocean Disaster by Matthew McElligott. Additionally, Ms. Frizzle Dr. Cosmic will lead his pupils on a fantastical, science-fictional expedition under the sea. This comic book/graphic novel series that covers a range of scientific topics will captivate resistant readers.