Kid's Books
 
Reading is one of life's little joys, when words take on another dimension and when the imagination takes the lead, going to a different level with our minds. Reading expands our horizons and also educates us about the world.

Mermaid Lizette and O have compiled a list of books that could be interesting for young children (3 to 7 years old) to adolescents (10 years old +) and young people, about the ocean and its inhabitants.

At the end of the synopsis you will find the following initials:

  • YC is books for young children
  • A books for adolescents
  • A+ books for adolescents/adults

Of course there are many hundreds of children's books on the ocean, this is just a little sample of what can be found online.

*The links below are provided as a convenience and for information purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Mermaids 4 Cetaceans of any of the products.

Somewhere in the Ocean
Somewhere in the Ocean

By Jennifer Ward and T.J Marsh
Illustrated by Kenneth J. Spengler

The book is set to the tune of 'Over in the Meadow' and features a variety of plants and animals that live in the ocean, from clown fish, sea turtles and hermit crabs to tiger sharks, jellyfish, and manatees. (YC)

The Adventures of Shark Stanley & Friends
The Adventures of Shark Stanley & Friends

By Ben Goldfard & Leah Meth
Illustrated by Dan Yagmin.Jr

Shark Stanley and Friends is a book to learn about different species of sharks (YC)

This is the Sea that Feeds Us
This is the Sea that Feeds Us

By Robert F.Baldwin
Illustrated by Don Dyen

Parents and elementary science teachers alike will appreciate the way the marine food chain comes to light in this light hearted book. The heroes are plankton, floating free, zillions of creatures alive in the sea, making their food from the light of the sun that shines on the sea that feeds us. (YC)

Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars
Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars

By Christiane Kump Tibbitts
Illustrated by Linda Garrow

An introduction to the world of seashells, crabs, and sea stars including identification information, educational activities, and fun facts. Invites young naturalists to spot wildlife. Safety tips are provided and interesting activities are suggested. (YC)

Here is the Coral Reef
Here is the Coral Reef

By Madeleine Dunphy
Illustrated by Tom Leonard

Set in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, this lyrical rhyming tale introduces young readers to some of the coral reef's most striking residents. From the sleek shark to the colourful parrot-fish to the deceptively beautiful sea anemone, each creature in this abundant undersea world relies on another for its existence. (YC)

Down Down Down
Down Down Down

By Steve Jenkins

Come along as we travel down, down, down, from the surface to the bottom of the sea. Along the way you can see jellyfish that flash like a neon sign, creatures with teeth so big, they can't close their mouths, and even a squid as long as a bus, which battles to the death with a sperm whale, the largest predator on earth. It'll be a journey you won't soon forget! (YC)

Oceans Dolphins, sharks, penguins and more
Oceans Dolphins, sharks, penguins and more

By Johnna Rizzo
Introduction by Sylvia A.Earle

Swim with sharks! Dive with dolphins! Stroll the beach with penguins! Young readers will joyfully immerse themselves in this awesome adventure at sea, in which stunning National Geographic photos reveal hidden worlds of action and beauty. We meet 30 favourite sea creatures and explore their watery homes: playful dolphins, mysterious sharks, graceful sea turtles, waddling penguins, and dozens of others. Kids will marvel at speedy swimmers on the hunt, and smile at cuddly scenes of animal families. (A)

The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau

By Dan Yaccarino

Jacques Cousteau was the world's ambassador of the oceans. His popular TV series brought whales, otters, and dolphins right into people's living rooms. Now, in this exciting picture-book biography, Dan Yaccarino introduces young readers to the man behind the snorkel. (YC)

Life in the Ocean
Life in the Ocean

By Claire A Nivola

With stunningly detailed pictures of the wonders of the sea, Life in the Ocean tells the story of Sylvia's growing passion and how her ocean exploration and advocacy have made her known around the world. This picture book biography also includes an informative author's note that will motivate young environmentalists. (YC)

The Tail of Emily Windsnap
The Tail of Emily Windsnap

By Liz Kessler
Illustrated by Sarah Gibb

A young girl learns she's half mermaid and plunges into a scheme to reunite with her father in this entrancing, satisfying tale that beckons readers far below the waves. (YC)

The Mermaid and the Shoe
The Mermaid and the Shoe

By K G Campbell

Each of King Neptune's 50 mermaid daughters boasts a special talent, except for little Minnow, who seems to be good only at asking questions. When she finds a strange object, Minnow follows her questions to a wondrous place and finds answers, including the answer to the most important question of all: Who am I? (YC)

Magickal Mermaids and Water Creatures
Magickal Mermaids and Water Creatures

By D J Conway

Stories of the Mer-Folk, especially Mermaids, exist in nearly every culture around the world that sailed the oceans or large rivers. Human-like, except for their iridescent, scaly tails, Mermaids and Mermen have fascinated humans for thousands of years. Because the largest of these beings exist in the oceans, most people are not aware that smaller versions of the Mer-Folk live in inland rivers, streams, marshes, and large or small waterfalls. (A to A+)

ocean: the world's last wilderness revealed
Ocean: The World's Last Wilderness Revealed

By Robert Dinwiddie, Philip Eales, Sue Scott and Michael Scott
Introduction by Fabien Cousteau

Breathtaking, powerful, and all-encompassing in its sheer scope and visual impact, Ocean sweeps you away on an incredible journey into the depths of our astonishing marine world. As the site where life first formed on Earth, a key element of the climate, and a fragile resource, oceans are of vital importance to our planet. This definitive visual guide to the world's oceans - including the geological and physical processes that affect the ocean floor, the key habitat zones, the rich diversity of marine life. (A)

Citizens of the Sea
Citizens of the Sea

By Nancy Knowlton

The astonishing diversity of ocean life will wow you in this riveting book, perfect for all ages, by marine scientist Nancy Knowlton. Citizens of the Sea reveals the most intriguing organisms in the ocean, captured in action by skilled underwater photographers from National Geographic and the Census of Marine Life. (A)

Voices in the Ocean
Voices in the Ocean

By Susan Casey

Since the dawn of recorded history, humans have felt a kinship with the sleek and beautiful dolphin, an animal whose playfulness, sociability, and intelligence seem like an aquatic mirror of mankind. In recent decades, we have learned that dolphins recognize themselves in reflections, count, grieve, adorn themselves, feel despondent, rescue one another (and humans), deduce, infer, seduce, form cliques, throw tantrums, and call themselves by name. Scientists still don't completely understand their incredibly sophisticated navigation and communication abilities, or their immensely complicated brains. (A+)

What's cool about Sharks
What's cool about Sharks

By Jim Knowlton

"What's Cool About Sharks: A Guidebook for Young Naturalists" is written for children, adults and educators who want to learn more about sharks and who are interested in protecting the oceans and the natural world. The book has 27 brilliant colour photos of sharks in their natural habitats taken by author and underwater photographer Jim Knowlton. Jim presents his beautiful photos of these misunderstood animals. There are over 470 species of sharks and only a dozen or so species have ever harmed a human. (A to A+)

of orcas and men, what killer whales can teach us
Of Orcas and Men, What Killer Whales can Teach Us

By David Neiwert

In 'Of Orcas and Men', a marvellously compelling mix of cultural history, environmental reporting and scientific research, David Neiwert explores an extraordinary species and its occasionally fraught relationship with human beings. Beginning with their role in myth and contemporary popular culture, Neiwert shows how killer whales came to capture our imaginations, and brings to life the often catastrophic environmental consequences of that appeal. (A to A+)

Dolphin in Need
Dolphin in Need

By Doris Thomas
Foreword Richard O'Barry
Epilogue Dr. Ingrid N. Visser

Exciting story for children and curious adults, with b/w illustrations

Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion

By Loree Griffin Burns

Aided by an army of beachcombers, oceanographer Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer tracks trash in the name of science. From sneakers to hockey gloves, Curt monitors the watery fate of human-made cargo that has spilled into the ocean. The information he collects is much more than casual news; it is important scientific data. And with careful analysis, Curt, along with a community of scientists, friends, and beachcombers alike, is using his data to understand and protect our ocean. (A to A+)

Sea Change
Sea Change

By Joel Harper
Illustrated by Erin O'Shea

An enjoyable day at the beach turns into a passion for art and marine conservation. With a swell comes a wave and a Sea Change! (YC).

 

Our fellow marine conservationist and friend from Sea No Plastic recommended these two books.

Sullie Saves the Seas
Sullie Saves the Seas

By Goffinet McLaren

When Sullie the Seagull, Goffinet McLaren's new super-hero, sees that plastic pollution is destroying his precious Turtle Beach, he calls his friends to action. Sullie and his Secret Society of birds create a fun filled, exciting, adventure that takes aim at specific thoughtless humans who are causing environmental damage to the beach and to Sullie`s ocean pals. (YC to A)

Garbage Guts
Garbage Guts

By Heidi Auman Ph.D

Aria masters both wind and waves, seeking the causes of marine debris and witnessing its tragic effects. Humans, she learns, are both the culprits and the solution. Learn through the eyes of an albatross as you follow Aria's adventure while she finds courage and hope amid an ocean of garbage. Aria is the witness to our dirty deeds, and her interactions with other wildlife mirror our own emotions when confronted with the enormity of our collective crimes: her own shock, the sadness of Sea Turtle, the anger of Monk Seal, and the exhaustion and resignation of Humpback Whale. (YC to A)