It’s summer-time, and for many families, summer means making memories at the beach! Whether sandcastles, seashells, and the lapping of the ocean’s waves are in your future or not, here is a list of 40 children’s books that center around the beach. So grab a beach blanket, an ice cold lemonade, and get ready for a summer of reading!


Fiction Picture Books

Three by the Sea by Edward Marshall

Curious George Goes to the Beach by H.A. Rey

Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach by James Dean

 Beach Day by Karen Roosa

Sally Goes to the Beach by Stephen Huneck

Seashells by the Seashore by Marianne Berkes

The Sandcastle Contest by Robert Munsch

Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Melanie Watt

Magic Beach by Alison Lester

Harry by the Sea by Gene Zion

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda Armitage

Beach by Elisha Cooper

Corduroy Goes to the Beach by B.G. Hennessy

Flotsam by David Wiesner

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell by Lucille Colandro

Ladybug Girl at the Beach by David Soman

Clam-I-Am!: All About the Beach by Tish Rabe

The Berenstain Bears Go On Vacation by Jan Berenstain

Stella, Star of the Sea by Marie-Louise Gay

At the Beach by Anne Rockwell

Biscuit’s First Beach Day by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Sea, Sand, Me! by Patricia Hubbell

Good Night Beach by Adam Gamble

To the Beach! by Linda Ashman

Wave by Suzy Lee

I Can Save the Ocean!: The Little Green Monster Cleans Up the Beach by Alison Inches

The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow


Non Fiction Books

What Lives in a Shell by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Seashells, Crabs, and Sea Stars by Christiane Kump Tibbitts

Hello Ocean by Pam Munoz Ryan

Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Sea by Molly Bang

The Magic School Bus: On the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole

DK Eyewitness Books: Seashore by David Parker

What’s in the Ocean? by Debra Mostow Zakarin

Jump into Science: Sand by Ellen Prager

Eye Wonder: Ocean by Sue Thornton


Chapter Books

Junie B. Jones First Grader: Aloha-ha-ha! by Barbara Park

Magic Tree House: High Tide in Hawaii

Danger Guys Hit the Beach by Tony Abbott

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell


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