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Hooray for Fish!

Lucy Cousins

Swim along with Little Fish and meet his many fishy friends in this splashy, splashy riot of color and rhyme under the sea. This eye-popping read-aloud is sure to have buoyant little ones shouting, "Hooray for fish!"

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Wendell the Narwhal

Emily Dove

Wendall sets off to look for friends, but no one can see past his big pointy nose. The octopus thinks he's funny looking (that's a bit rich coming from old eight legs), the jellyfish are afraid of him (well really, those stinging brutes need to take a look in a mirror,) and even the tiny clam laughs at him (fancy that, from a creature as ridiculous as a clam!). Wendall eventually learns the value of self-examination; you can't judge others for judging you while you're judging them, after all.

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My Ocean Is Blue

Darren Lebeuf

A girl’s poetic exploration of the ocean she loves. “This is my ocean,” the young girl begins as she heads over the dunes with her mother. Then, passing the day at the seaside, she lyrically describes her ocean in simple, sensory detail. It is both “slimy” and “sandy,” “sparkly” and “dull.” It has wonderful sounds, as it “splashes and crashes and echoes and squawks.” And there are so many colors, from “rusted orange” to “polished green.” Though “mostly it’s blue.” Nothing escapes the girl’s careful observations. And at day’s end, she can’t wait to for her next trip to the beach. This enchanting nature companion will awaken the explorer in every child.

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A Swim Through the Sea

Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini

This classic book takes kids through an alphabet of underwater sea creatures. Fun alliteration highlights a selected species with a full-color illustration and a paragraph of fascinating facts, surrounded by a frame full of extra creatures and vocabulary.

Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini once again successfully inspires a generation of children about one of our planet's most precious and fragile realms.

 

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The Ocean Calls

Tina Cho

A breathtaking picture book featuring a Korean girl and her haenyeo (free diving) grandmother about intergenerational bonds, finding courage in the face of fear, and connecting with our natural world.

Dayeon wants to be a haenyeo just like Grandma. The haenyeo dive off the coast of Jeju Island to pluck treasures from the sea--generations of Korean women have done so for centuries. To Dayeon, the haenyeo are as strong and graceful as mermaids. To give her strength, Dayeon eats Grandma's abalone porridge. She practices holding her breath while they do the dishes. And when Grandma suits up for her next dive, Dayeon grabs her suit, flippers, and goggles. A scary memory of the sea keeps Dayeon clinging to the shore, but with Grandma's guidance, Dayeon comes to appreciate the ocean's many gifts.

Tina Cho's The Ocean Calls, with luminous illustrations by muralist Jess X. Snow, is a classic in the making.

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Narwhal and Jelly

Ben Clanton

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea is a wonderfully silly early graphic novel featuring three stories. In the first, Jelly learns that Narwhal is a really good friend. Then Narwhal and Jelly form their own pod of awesomeness with their ocean friends. And finally, Narwhal and Jelly read the best book ever -- even though it doesn't have any words...or pictures! Ben Clanton showcases the joys of friendship, the benefits of working together and the power of imagination in this delightful series.

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Somewhere in the Ocean

Jennifer Ward

A counting book in rhyme presents various marine animals and their children, from a mother manatee and her little calf one to a mother octopus and her little babies ten. Complete with a glossary, musical score, and numbers hidden in the illustrations.

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Hello Ocean

Pam Muñoz Ryan

Dive into this playful poem about the draw of the shore and the effect the ocean has on all five senses. 

Relive a day at the beach with this lovely book of memories. You can almost feel the salt spray on your face and smell the musky scent of ocean in the cool morning air. Remember how the sand squishes between your toes as the tide rushes to shore and taste the tang of the ocean on your lips. Spirited language evokes a sense of closeness and nostalgia for an old friend. The inspiration of the ocean will make learning the five senses as easy as a day at the beach.

Crisp, realistic illustrations fill the pages with the rush of surf and the warmth of sun-baked sand. The sights and smells and sensations of the sea become vividly clear in these beautifully rendered paintings.

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The Mermaid

Jan Brett

A New York Times bestselling striking under-the-sea version of Goldilocks with bonus storytelling in the borders, as only Jan Brett could create.


When Kiniro, a young mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of seashells and coral, she is so curious that she goes inside. She's thrilled to find a just-right breakfast, pretty little chair, and, best of all, a comfy bed that rocks in the current.

 

But when the Octopus family returns home, they are not happy to find that someone has been eating their food and breaking their things. Baby has the biggest shock when she finds the mermaid asleep in her bed!

Luckily, shock turns to happiness when Kiniro gives her a thoughtful gift before escaping from the twenty-four arms coming her way.

Vibrant, intricate scenes of an underwater paradise transport this classic fairy tale to a magical setting inspired by the seas off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Along with fun details that enrich the storytelling in Jan Brett's trademark borders, this visual treat will enchant readers of all ages.

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Bedtime Kiss for Little Fish

Lorie Ann Grover

A cozy, underwater bedtime board book!

One last swish, jellyfish.
Tuck your tail, humpback whale.

With calming text and smooth illustrations, this board book is perfect for every sleepy-eyed little fish. Get ready for bed with the shark and the octopus, and let the ocean lull you to sleep.

Time for sleep
in
the
deep,
deep,
deep.

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Mister Seahorse

Eric Carle

When Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, she does it on Mr. Seahorse's belly! She knows he will take good care of them. While he swims waiting for the eggs to hatch, he meets some other underwater fathers caring for their babies: Mr. Tilapia, who carries his babies in his mouth; Mr. Kurtus, who keeps his on his head; and Mr. Catfish, who is baby-sitting his young hatchlings.

Eric Carle has done it again, with astonishingly beautiful collage illustrations and a story that introduces the very young to the wonders of aquatic life . . . and some very special daddies. A "hide and seek" feature with acetate overlays adds a colorful surprise.

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Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef

Marianne Berkes

Learning becomes fun with this book about the animals of the ocean! In Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef, amazing artwork will inspire kids in classrooms and at home to appreciate the beauty and biology of coral reefs and world around us!

Brilliant artwork is the star of this oceanic counting book, based on the classic children's song "Over in the Meadow". Kids will sing, clap, and count their way among pufferfish that "puff," gruntfish that "grunt" and seahorses that "flutter," and begin to appreciate the animals in the ocean.

 

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Hello, Ocean Friends

LeMay, Violet

Hello, fish. Howdy, seahorse! What's up, turtle? Hello, Ocean Friends...
 
Making connections between images on a page and the real world is an important building block for your baby's communication skills--and this charming introduction to ocean creatures, paired with friendly text and bold, basic patterns, provides an important high-contrast experience for young developing eyes. 
 
Using simple greetings like "Hi there, starfish" and "Hola, jellyfish" alongside black-and-white art by Julissa Mora, Hello, Ocean Friends  is the perfect building block for babies just beginning to look around and learn about their world.

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I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean

Kevin Sherry

Kevin Sherry's unabashed squid may be the biggest thing in this catalog, but he's not too big for even the littlest kids to love. As the hubristic squid goes about bragging, babies and toddlers will get an eyeful of undersea life - from shrimp and jellyfish to turtles and more. With its snappy text and bright, bold artwork, this winning modern classic is guaranteed to have even the youngest of readers grabbing at pages and laughing along.
 

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