Hooray, summer is finally here! My kids have already hit the pool and splash parks in our city. We love the longer days filled with sunshine!
To keep them occupied, and to get me in the summer mood, we’ve been reading our favorite summer books and beach books for preschoolers.
Come take a look at what we love!
We usually travel to Daytona Beach every year with my grandmother. While we’re there, we visit the Marine Science Center and their Turtle Rehab Unit. There, they have sea turtles who are sick or have been injured in the wild. The staff care for the turtles until they are healthy enough to return to the sea.
Learning about camouflage in nature is so much fun! This book takes a look at how an octopus can hide itself in its surroundings. My kids also try to find a pipefish, crabs, and sea dragons.
This is one of my very favorite books from Eric Carle. My children loved learning about the different ways that sea animal fathers care for their babies.
Don’t miss A House for Hermit Crab for more beach themed fun.
My husband is a scuba diver, so he loves to read this book to the kids. A little boy dives for treasure for his mother, meeting loads of sea animals along the way.
Get your sand pails and shovels ready! This sweet tale from Patricia Hubbell chronicles a little girl’s day at the beach, complete with exploring, sand castles and seaweed.
I love Little Golden Books. They remind me of being a kid.
This story follows a family’s day at the beach – I could look at the timeless illustrations all day long! When you’re finished reading, set up the baby pool for more summer fun!
Need to work on counting skills with your little ones? Let’s do it up, ocean style!
If you can pull yourself away from the polymer clay creations that grace the pages, you can encourage your children to count the pufferfish, gruntfish and seahorses they find.
Are you musically talented? You can actually ‘sing’ the book to the tune of Over in the Meadow.
Need a book to anchor your ocean unit? Don’t miss this classic from Giles Andreae. Each page depicts a different ocean animal.
I even found this fun video on You Tube! (click over if you’re unable to view the video)
We had loads of fun making crafts and recipes while we read this book together.
Discussing animal habitats? Check out this book that covers crustaceans, or animals that live in shells. Your kids will learn about how shells are homes, much like our houses.
Stop by Homeschool Creations for a Ocean Printables Preschool pack.
10. Beach Day
Looking for more ideas for summer books? I’ve got my favorite beach and ocean books for preschoolers, as well as preschool summertime crafts, over at The Homeschool Classroom.
Did I miss one of your favorite beach or summer books? Be sure to share your ideas in the comment box!