Seaside picture books

We love spending time at the seaside but we live a very long way from a beach! So while we’re waiting for our next holiday we’ve been reading our favourite seaside picture books.

Is your favourite seaside picture book on our list?

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.

Splash, Anna Hibiscus! - Story Snug


‘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.

Mrs. Armitage and the Big Wave - Story Snug


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.

The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch - Story Snug


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.

Winnie Under the Sea. Book + CD (Winnie the Witch) Story Snug


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.

The Storm Whale - Story Snug


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.

Commotion in the Ocean - Story Snug

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14 thoughts on “Seaside picture books

  1. I’m afraid I only know German by-the-sea picture books. The ones I’d recommend are the Emma & Max books by Marlies Kahlsdorf. The first one explains the tides, the others have Emma (a young seagull) and Max (a young raven) visit Hamburg, the Baltic Sea, follow the North Sea-Baltic Sea canal, chase pirates from Heligoland and discover Vikings in Haddeby.
    The pictures are very cute, the animals as well as the places well drawn, are there are always some funny things (my mom’s favourites are the worms in the Wadden Sea, my daughter’s the seagull with the cap and the backpack).

  2. I am looking forward to The Storm Whale which I have here along with another Davies book, On Sudden Hill. One Australian seaside book I ready recently was Granny Grommet and Me.

    (I have just proved I am human! Your human check for comments asked one + ? = three. I felt really sure the answer was two, but it wouldn’t accept that. Very tricky needing a digit.)

  3. Wow, lots of summery books I hadn’t heard of. I’m happy to recommend a few more from a Sea Creature themed collection that was put together for a giveaway earlier this summer. The contest has long passed, but thought these were some great seaside themed books (mostly for older children) to add to the list…

    Barney and Barry, The Hitchhikers by Sharon Powers

    Doonsey’s Beach Adventure, the Great Rescue: Coloring Fun & Activity Book by Rhonda Paglia

    Jake’s Adventures: The Secret of the Shark Tooth Crab Claw by Melissa Moraja

    Kojo the Sea Dragon Gets Lost by David Chuka

    Little Orchid’s Sea Monster Trouble by Claudine Gueh Yanting

    Happy reading and enjoy the last rays of summer! Thanks for the wonderful post. Best, Stephanie

  4. The Lighthouse Keeper’s lunch was always one of my favourite books to read to my Little Man. When I was in primary school, many, many years ago. We had a visit from Quentin Blake who read us a story and drew some pictures.

    • How wonderful to have met Quentin Blake! There’s a new Lighthouse Keeper book being published in August called The Lighthouse Keeper: The Lighthouse Keeper’s Mystery.

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