We love spending time at the seaside but we live a very long way from the sea. While we’re waiting for our next beach holiday we’ve been reading our favourite seaside picture books.
In Splash, Anna Hibiscus! Anna Hibiscus’ family are all too busy to splash with her. Eventually Anna Hibiscus goes into the sea alone but when her family sees what fun she is having it isn’t long before they join her. A beautifully illustrated story which evokes memories of splashing in the sea in the sunshine.
‘Hi Gorgeous’ is one of my daughter’s favourite catchphrases, she learnt it from the windsurfer in Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave. When the big wave finally comes Mrs Armitage and her dog, Breakspear, are faced with a dilemma, should they enjoy the wave that they have been waiting for or rescue Miranda who is in trouble? This very funny story always makes us laugh.
When naughty seagulls steal The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch Mrs Grinley, his wife, comes up with an interesting sandwich filling to deter them. This story takes us back in time to the days before technology when lighthouses had lighthouse keepers.
In Winnie under the Sea Winnie turns Wilbur into a catfish so he can enjoy swimming. She transforms herself into an octopus but then disaster strikes and she drops her wand. Can she find it on the seabed? Colourful, underwater scenes full of fish and other sea creatures accompany Winnie’s watery adventure.
It’s not always hot and sunny at the seaside and the beach in The Storm Whale is vast, unpopulated and wild. Noi finds a baby whale that has been stranded on the beach and takes it home but when his father returns from work they don their oilskins and row out into the choppy sea to take the whale home. The seaside illustrations bring back childhood memories of cool, windy days at the beach.
Commotion in the Ocean‘s bouncy rhyming text introduces a variety of fish and animals that live in and around the ocean. With bright, colourful illustrations it is the perfect first picture book for introducing young children to a variety of marine life. You can download free set of Commotion in the Ocean posters on the Teacher’s Pet website.
You can find more ocean themed books, crafts and colouring on my Pinterest board. Do you have any favourite seaside picture books to add to our list?