Summer beach reads aren’t just for parents! Your kids will love getting in the mood for summer vacation with these beach and ocean-inspired stories.
Off and Away: When Jo’s dad comes down with a cold, she takes it upon herself to make his sea deliveries. Fans of Moana will love this charming story about facing your fears and, maybe, discovering they aren’t quite so fearsome after all. Bonus points for well-placed sea puns.
Swashby and the Sea: Curmudgeonly Mr. Swashby’s life is turned upside down when his serene beach is invaded by a bubbly girl and her granny in this adorable story about embracing change and saying yes to new friends.
If I Had An Octopus: In search of a clever, multitasking, sushi-loving family pet? Our heroine daydreams about having an octopus as a pet in this adorable follow-up to the much-loved If I Had a Dinosaur. Watch out for ink squirts!
Oona: Oona the mermaid and her sea otter sidekick search for treasure underwater, but can’t figure out how to retrieve a beautiful crown from a deep ocean rift. Kids will adore this spectacularly illustrated story about how the best treasures aren’t always the ones you find--they’re the ones you make yourself.
Ocean! Waves for All: For your budding oceanographers and environmentalists! The operative words here are stunningly gorgeous, highly educational, and wryly hysterical. Case in point, a two-page spread illustrating the different depths of the ocean with facts about each, about which Ocean comments, “I’m a deep, layered soul.”