Picture Book Highlights | Let's Go to the Beach!

By Monica C. RSS Thu, July 15, 2021

It’s beach time! Grab your bathing suits, towels, sunscreen, and go to the beach. Here are some books to get you in the mood for some sand, sun, and fun!


Board Books

Beach Baby written by Laurie Elmquist; illustrated by Elly Mackay
A gentle, poetic lullaby for babies, filled with memories from a perfect day playing on the beach. Castles, sand dollars, seals peering out of the waves, and the beat of the ocean become sweet reminders of all the magical things that await baby tomorrow.

At the Beach by Salina Yoon
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 everyday activities to life!

Llama Llama Sand and Sun by Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama is at the beach! It's a day of swimming, sandcastles, seashells, and sunshine. Pack your beach towel and come along!


Easy Readers

Ty's Travels: Beach Day! written by Kelly Starling Lyons ; illustrated by Nina Mata

ebook available from Overdrive

Ty turns an ordinary day in the sandbox into a fun beach day. He wiggles his toes in the sand, finds seashells, builds a castle, and splashes in the ocean. Splish, splash! When his neighbor's beach ball flies into his backyard, Ty learns that a beach day is even better with a friend.

Beach Day! written by Candice F. Ransom; illustrated by Erika Meza

ebook available from Overdrive

A family spends a fun day at the beach, collecting shells, building sandcastles, and flying kites.

I Dig by Joe Cepeda
At the beach, a boy digs a tunnel where he finds a crab, starfish, and best of all, a dog


Picture Books

Wave by Suzy Lee
A wordless picture book that shows a little girl's first experiences at the beach, as she goes from being afraid of the roaring waves to playing on the shore while gulls soar overhead.

A Beach Tail written by Karen Lynn Williams; illustrated by Floyd Cooper

ebook available from Overdrive

When his father tells him not to leave the lion he is drawing on the beach, a little boy starts making a very, very long tail—and a trail to follow back.

Swashby and the Sea written by Beth Ferry; illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

ebook available from Overdrive

No-nonsense Captain Swashby is used to the sea meeting all of his needs. After his retirement, when new neighbors disturb his solitary life, the sea helps in just the right way.

Jules vs. the Ocean by Jessie Sima

ebook available in Overdrive

Determined to build "the biggest, fanciest, most excellent sandcastle" to impress her sister, Jules is foiled again and again by the ocean.

There Might Be Lobsters written by Carolyn Crimi; illustrated by Laurel Molk
A little dog's paralyzing anxiety gives way to bravery when someone smaller arrives in need during a whooshy, splashy, overwhelming day at the beach.

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