Summer time just screams BEACH to me which is a rare thing at our house since we live in Ohio. Our beaches are part of our lakes and State Parks so reading about beaches is something we can do so we can imagine we are there anytime. We have had the privilege of visiting Deer Creek State Park, Hueston Woods State Park, Maumee Bay State Park, and Lake Loramie State Park which all have lakes with beaches. I realize that it’s not exactly the same as an ocean beach but for now it’s the closet thing that we’ve got and we will take it!
If you are like us and long to learn all about the beach be sure to check out these beach books for toddlers and preschoolers.
Beach Books for Toddlers
Uh-Oh!– What does a toddler say when she drops her sunglasses in the sand? “Uh-Oh!”
What does she say when a seagull lands on her sandcastle? “Uh-Oh!”
What does she say when she finds a crab in her pail? “Uh-Oh!”
And what does she say when a BIG wave is coming? That’s the biggest “Uh-Oh!” of all!
This nearly wordless story of toddler adventure perfectly captures the dynamics between the youngest friends and the sheer pleasure of that favorite toddler word: Uh-Oh!
Oh My Beach– Turn the colorful die-cut pages of this irresistible board book to discover just what makes little crab’s beach so cozy. Is it the soft sand? Is it the salty seaweed? No, it’s his loving family! Bright pictures, a sweet reassuring message, unique layered pages, and an adorable finger puppet combine to create interactive reading and playtime fun!
Hide and Seek Harry at the Beach-When Harry and his friends are at the beach, they always play their favorite game, hide-and-seek. In a hammock, under a sand castle, or behind a palm tree — there are so many places for Harry to hide. Or try to, at least!
In At the Beach, babies will find a bright red pail, a sparkling orange starfish, and a shiny green and purple striped swimsuit in this first words book that features die-cuts and eye-catching foil. A beautiful way to bring scenes from every day activities to life!
Good Night Beach features building sand castles by the ocean, boating, swimming, exploring the seashore, waves, tidal pools, surfing, fishing, snorkeling, crabs, seagulls, picnics, campfires, sunsets, and more. Grab your beach ball and towel, it’s that time of year again! This charming book guides little ones in discovering all the wonderful things the seashore has to offer.
Seashore Baby– Little ones will love playing along with baby during a day at the beach with this interactive novelty board book featuring large lift-the-flaps on each spread. With delightful rhyming text and playful illustrations by Cori Doerrfeld, this is the perfect read-aloud to share after a day of fun in the sun!
Duck and Goose Go to The Beach– Duck wants to go on an adventure. But Goose isn’t so sure. Together, the two best friends set off on a walk that takes them through the meadow, past a shady thicket, and over a distant hill, all the way to a place they’ve never been before—the beach! Turns out, Goose loves the ocean. But guess who doesn’t?
Daniel’s Day at the Beach– Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat are spending the day at Jungle Beach with Mom Tiger! They’re doing lots of fun things like playing in the sand, splashing in the waves, and going on a hunt for seashells and starfish. But most importantly, they are learning how to stay safe at the beach, so they can keep playing all day long!
Beach Books for Preschoolers
Biscuit’s First Beach Day -Biscuit is going on his first trip to the beach!He is excited about making sand castles, collecting seashells, and playing in the ocean.
A day at the Beach supplies any child with a lifetime of memories. In this new picture book by award-winning author Elisha Cooper, the simple magic of building sand castles, collecting seashells, and running from the waves is brought to life through poetic text and lively illustrations. Together, readers will be able to visit the beach year-round as they share this delightful book.
Sea, Sand, Me! A day at the beach! What could be more perfect? Gulls “squawk-squawking,” seaweed in your hair, sandcastles to build, a sea to splash in, and a pal to share it all with. A little girl basks in the joys of the seashore in this carefree celebration of simple pleasures. She and her newfound friend spend the day swimming, playing, picnicking, and exploring, with her mom and his dad never too far away.
A young girl spends a radiant summer day At the Beach in this updated classic from the author of Apples and Pumpkins.Sun…sand…the bright blue ocean! There is so much for a young girl to do on a visit to the beach: sand castles to build, seashells to gather, sandpipers to run with, and a picnic lunch to enjoy. This updated edition of a perennial summertime favorite includes new jacket art from Lizzy Rockwell and refreshed interior art and design
Beach Day– In this charming picture book, a cheerful family tumbles out of the car and onto the beach, ready for a perfect day. Buoyant verse just right for reading aloud and bright, playful illustrations capture the singular feeling of a hazy, lazy day by the ocean, complete with a ball game with new friends, water-skiers and sailboats, and a picnic lunch of fried chicken and deviled eggs. This book is a captivating introduction to the beach for young children and an irresistible gift for beach lovers of any age.
Seashells by the Seashore– Counting from one to twelve, Sue picks up shells–periwinkle, kittens paw, scallop–and carefully adds them to her bucket as a gift for Grandma. She and her friend identify the shells, and when they discover one that still has the mollusk living inside they put it back in the water–learning that shells are actually the (usually) abandoned homes of sea animals.The paperback edition contains a tear-out shell identification card to enhance the hands-on lesson in simple wonders from nature.
Just Grandma and Me– Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter is spending a day at the beach with his grandma in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Celebrating the special bond between a grandparent and grandchild, this beloved story is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day . . . or any day!
A Day at the Beach– A seaside counting book from one to ten., is a delightful book for parents, grandparents, teachers and friends to share with their children. You will travel from page to page adding objects that describe the numerals shown. In the case of “2, Two girls playing in the sand,” the numeral 2, words two and girls, are all colored dark blue while the rest of the text is colored green. This sends a subliminal message to your child that the 2, two and girls are related. This system helps teach youngsters the relationship code needed to read.
What Lives in a Shell?– A house is a home for you, a nest is a home for a bird, and a cave is a home for a bear. But for some animals a shell is a home. Snails and turtles and crabs and clams all have shells that act as their homes and protect them from harm. This Level 1 Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out picture book is a fascinating exploration of the many creatures that make a home in a shell.
Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars: Take-Along Guide – 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.