The famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau once said, “No aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea.” How right he was! The different types of beaches: sandy beaches, pebble beaches, beaches with boardwalks, and isolated beaches. The chance to explore tide pools or build sandcastles. The sound of seagulls crying above the waves, or the pitter-patter of sandpiper feet rushing between waves and wet sand.
Unfortunately, many of us don’t have easy or frequent access to the beach. But we can evoke the majesty of this experience for our children with thoughtfully chosen picture books. Now, there’s no shortage of books about the beach and the ocean, of course, but not all books are created equal. That’s why I’ve rounded up my absolute favorite, high-quality beach picture books for you and your family to enjoy. They explore the sensations we can experience at the beach and encourage curiosity, bravery, and respect for the shore and its visitors (human, plant, and animal).
Read them to get excited about an upcoming beach visit or to take a vacation in your imaginations while snuggled up with your child. No matter how you use them, these kids’ beach books offer oceans of fun.
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