Children’s Books About the Beach

These children’s books about the beach are perfect to get kids excited about an upcoming visit, calm anxieties, and learn about our shores.

Children's Books About the Beach

These days, my kids never want to leave the beach. They’re too busy looking for sand crabs, building channels and castles, and chasing the water with a pail.

You’d never guess these were the same kids who’d cry if their feet so much as touched the sand. They wouldn’t walk anywhere outside the beach towels, much less consider going into the water.

But living in Los Angeles means easy access to the beach, giving us many opportunities for frequent visits. Now I’m happy to report that going to the beach has become the highlight of our summers.

To help make that transition easier, we read plenty of children’s books about the beach. We were able to talk about what they might expect before a trip, as well as what they had seen and experienced after one.

Reading about the beach can get your kids excited about an upcoming visit. If they’ve had anxieties in the past, you can introduce typical scenes and activities they might do. Or perhaps you’d simply like them to learn about life and all the creatures in our oceans.

Check out these children’s books about the beach, perfect for your next excursion:

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In the Tide Pool by Will Millard and Rachel Quiqi

In the Tide Pool by Will Millard and Rachel Quiqi

Beach House by Deanna Caswell

Beach House by Deanna Caswell and Amy June Bates

The Sandcastle That Lola Built by Megan Maynor and Kate Berube

The Sandcastle That Lola Built by Megan Maynor and Kate Berube

Day at the Beach by Tom Booth

Day at the Beach by Tom Booth

Beach Day by Karen Roosa

Beach Day by Karen Roosa and Maggie Smith

If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't! by Elise Parsley

If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t! by Elise Parsley

Beach Baby by Laurie Elmquist and Elly MacKay

Beach Baby by Laurie Elmquist and Elly MacKay

Beach by Elisha Cooper

Beach by Elisha Cooper

Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry

Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry and Juana Martinez-Neal

One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab by April Sayre

One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab by April Pulley Sayre

The Big Beach Cleanup by Charlotte Offsay and Katie Rewse

The Big Beach Cleanup by Charlotte Offsay and Katie Rewse

Follow the Moon Home by Philippe Cousteau

Follow the Moon Home by Philippe Cousteau

The Big Book of the Blue by Yuval Zommer

The Big Book of the Blue by Yuval Zommer

Flotsam by David Wiesner

Flotsam by David Wiesner

Llama Llama Sand and Sun by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama Sand and Sun by Anna Dewdney

Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash! by Candace Fleming

Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash! by Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas

Duck and Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills

Duck and Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills

Pete at the Beach by James Dean

Pete at the Beach by James Dean

Curious George Goes to the Beach by Margaret and H.A. Rey

Curious George Goes to the Beach by Margaret and H.A. Rey

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2 Comments

  1. Sofia Poullada says:

    My children loved, “Grandma and the Pirate” by David Lloyd and Gill Tomblin. It’s delightful and wonderful “painting style” illustrations. A young boy’s inventive and creative adventure going to the beach with his Grandma. Also, great as an early readier book.

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      That’s wonderful, Sofia! Thanks for the book suggestion.