Sweet Reads For Summer

Beach season is coming! Beach season is coming! For those of us in cold climates, this is a really big deal. But will the kids remember why the beach is so darn fun? Get them excited about the beach again with these perfect children's books.

Getting ready to go to the beach? Get your kids excited about beach adventures with these fun sand- and sea-inspired tales.

Beach

Beautiful watercolor scenes fill the pages of the sweet children's book Beach by award-winning author Elisha Cooper. The stretch of sand comes alive as people arrive, umbrellas get raised and play begins. The scenes are evocative, serene and yet vibrant in their celebration of visiting the beach. It's just all the best parts of beach-going.

The pictures and words in this story work in harmony creating both mental and visual appeal. No wonder this book won the 2006 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal.

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Pirates

The Backyardigans Pirate Treasure

Do your kids adore the adventures of The Backyardigans? If so, then they will adore this cute book based on an episode — The Backyardigans Pirate Treasure by Justin Spelvin. In this book, The Backyardigans discover a pirate map and must work together to locate the treasure.

Your kids will love reading this fun pirate-themed book again and again... and get some ideas for pretending to hunt their own treasure too. You just need to bring the pails and shovels to the beach to help out. And as a mom, you will thoroughly enjoy the emphasis on pretend play.

Pirate Pete

When I spied the brilliant cover of Pirate Pete by Kim Kennedy in a local beach-themed store, I knew it was coming home with us. How could I not buy it? After all, pirates and their lore about buried treasure are a fabulous get-excited-for-the-beach subject. So, home it came where I found myself reading it cover to cover — sans kids. It was so cute, I couldn't put it down. My kids agreed when they read it too.

This is a fun book that will draw laughs as Pirate Pete says again and again, "Where there's gold, I'm a-goin'!" Pirate Pete is on the hunt for buried treasure with a stolen map. Will he find it?

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Hermit crabs

A House for Hermit Crab

Between the artwork of Eric Carle and the adorable story about moving and making a new shell house a home, A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle, delivers a story worth reading. The book is rich in sea-life facts and full of relatable information. And the undercurrent (no pun intended) of friendship adds another dimension in this great book, perfect for getting excited about the beach.

If you are a fan of Carle's work (A Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, What Do You See?), then you will enjoy the vivid pictures throughout this easy-to-read children's book.

Does Anyone Know Where a Hermit Crab Goes?

This sweet book about a hermit crab who needs to find a new shell is one of my favorites. My kids and I read Does Anyone Know Where a Hermit Crab Goes? by Michael Glaser dozens of times every summer (and in the winter too!) and it never fails to get us thinking about the hermit crabs we see at the beach. The lyrical story is sweet, but also peppered with interesting information.

Published in 1983, this one is a hidden gem — a classic that's worth digging out for a fun pre-beach read. It is out of print, but you can find good copies on Amazon still.

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Comments on "Children's books to get your kids excited about the beach"

Wendi May 30, 2012 | 8:25 AM

Love this!! Can't forget 'Good Night Beach' :)

Nichole May 30, 2012 | 8:03 AM

What a fun list, Sarah! It felt like summer would never arrive. Can't wait to get the kids' toes in the sand. :)

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