Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids -- Under the Sea

Summer is the perfect time for a trip to the ocean or the Seattle Aquarium. The following books are great to read before or after splashing in the ocean waves or touching the anemones in the touch pool. These books not only celebrate marine life, they also help kids learn counting, colors, and patterns. Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog.

Fabulous Fishes by Susan Stockdale

Peachtree Publishers, 978-1561454297


This nonfiction picture book features beautifully layered color illustrations of nearly 30 fishes. Each page features a single fish with just a few words. The rhyming phrases are the glue that holds the anatomically, vibrantly true to life illustrations together. Stockdale spent many years working in textiles and her love of pattern and colors is apparent in her illustration style.




In The Sea by David Elliott, Illustrated by Holly Meade

Candlewick, 978-0763644987


This vibrantly illustrated collection of nearly 20 poems explores and celebrates marine life from the tiniest sardine and briny shrimp to the impressively massive whale and giant squid. Sea creatures fill every inch of the pages and the poems are scattered about to be discovered like sand dollars on the beach.


I Spy Under the Sea by Edward Gibbs

Templar, 978-0763659523


Based on the children’s game, each phrase begins with the rhyme, “I spy with my little eye…” Peer through the circular cutout to see part of a sea creature – the tail of a seahorse, the claw of a crab, the tentacle of an octopus. Not only will the guessing game keep readers enthralled, readers will also count down from seven clown fish to one shark.