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25 Ocean Books for Kids & Snapping Fish Craft

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It is time again for the Poppins Book Nook! I love this monthly book club because it really pushes us to have fun and be creative with the books we love to read. I struggled with this topic because I REALLY love the ocean and learning all about it. As I was trying to choose just one book about the ocean, I just couldn’t do it! So today you get to see a great big list of books you can use to teach your kids about the ocean. I grew up in Florida, so the ocean is a place that is near and dear to my heart. Unfortunately, now I live days away from the ocean so my kids don’t get any exposure to it. I am sharing with you 25 ocean books for kids that are just great!!
Here are links to the books if you are interested in learning more about them all. I starred our VERY favorites!
1. One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies
2. One Small Square- Seashore by Donald Silver
3. Blue Ocean Bob by Brooks Olbrys (see my review of this book here)
4. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
5. Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae
9. Rainbow Magic- the Ocean Fairies series by Daisy Meadows
10. Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway
11. The Wild Whale Watch (Magic School Bus) by Eva Moore
*12. The Great Shark Escape (Magic School Bus) See my post on this here
15. A House for a Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
15. Sea Turtles by Gail Gibbons
17. Life in a Coral Reef by Wendy Pfeffer
*18. Dolphins at Daybreak (Magic Tree House) by Mary Pope Osborne
*19. Pagoo by Holling C. Holling
This is an amazing book on hermit crabs that you could make a whole unit study about. Lots of fun!
This is a great reference book with full color pictures.
21. Coral Reef by Gail Gibbons
23. Coral Reefs by Jason Chin
*24. The Burgess Seashore Book by Thornont Burgess
(This is a really special book to me. My dad got it for me when I was a kid & we went on a birthday trip together. I have always had fond memories of reading this story.)

We also did a fun fish craft that I have been wanting to do for a long time. My kids have really been having fun playing with it! It expands in & out making it look like it is biting.

To make this guy you will need some cardboard, paint, metal brads, & paper for the eyes.

Cut 4 strips or cardboard 2″ by 12″. Also cut out to Upper-cased P shapes for the head. Paint all of the pieces and let them dry. Poke holes with a pencil for the brads. The four strips need three holes each- in the center and on each end. The P-shaped pieces need 2 holes- the center and the end. Join together with the brads. Decorate with eyes & teeth.



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love karyn


  1. That is awesome!

  2. So cute! Thank you!!

  3. This list is fabulous, and I *love* your snapping fish!! Pinning!

  4. Too cute! My kids would be snapping everybody!

  5. That snapping fish is way too cute!

  6. How fun that you can create it to actually move!

  7. Great list of books!

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