Out to Sea

Explore the ocean with these children’s books!

Juvenile Fiction

A crack in the sea by H.M. Bouwman

Pip, a young boy who can speak to fish, and his sister Kinchen set off on a great adventure, joined by twins with magical powers, refugees fleeing post-war Vietnam, and some helpful sea monsters. Reserve this book.

Stella Díaz never gives up by Angela Dominguez

Stella is excited to visit the ocean on her family trip to Mexico, but when she learns that the sea and its life forms are in danger due to pollution, she vows to make a difference in her community. Reserve this book.

Race to the bottom of the sea by Lindsay Eagar

When her parents, the great marine scientists Dr. and Dr. Quail, are killed in a tragic accident, eleven year old Fidelia Quail is racked by grief. But she is forced out of her mourning when she’s kidnapped by Merrick the Monstrous, a pirate whose list of crimes stretches longer than a ribbon eel. Her task? Use her marine know-how to retrieve his treasure, lost on the ocean floor.  Reserve this book.

Fish by Gregory Mone

Eleven-year-old Fish, seeking a way to help his family financially, becomes a reluctant cabin boy on a pirate ship, where he soon makes friends–and enemies–and is asked to help decipher clues that might lead to a legendary treasure. Reserve this book.

A whale of the wild by Rosanne Parry

For Vega and her family, salmon is life. And Vega is learning to be a salmon finder, preparing for the day when she will be her family’s matriarch. But then she and her brother Deneb are separated from their pod when a devastating earthquake and tsunami render the seascape unrecognizable. Vega must use every skill she has to lead her brother back to their family. Reserve this book.

Secret sisters of the salty sea by Lynne Rae Perkins

Alix and her older sister, Jools, have never been to the ocean. When their parents take them to spend a week by the shore, Alix is nervous about leaving home–but excited, too. At the beach, the sisters make friends, go exploring, and have adventures big and small. Reserve this book.


Everything awesome about sharks and other underwater creatures! by Mike Lowery

Uncover a wealth of weird, wacky, and wild facts about sharks and underwater creatures, told in Mike Lowery’s signature, acclaimed comic style with bright and energetic artwork, fresh framing devices, and hilarious jokes. Reserve this book.

Ocean! : waves for all! by Stacy McAnulty

Dude. Ocean is incredible. Atlantic, Pacific, Artic, Indian, Southern–it’s all excellent Ocean! Not part of any nation, his waves are for all. And under those waves, man, he holds so many secrets. With characteristic humor and charm, Stacy McAnulty channels the voice of Ocean in this next “autobiography” in the Our Universe series. Reserve this book.

Otis and Will discover the deep : the record-setting dive of the Bathysphere by Barb Rosenstock

A biographical account of engineer Otis Barton and naturalist Will Beebe’s record-setting descent into the deep ocean in their Bathysphere craft, making the men the first humans to witness deep sea creatures in their natural habitat. Reserve this book.

Where are the Galapagos Islands? by Megan Stine

The Galapagos Islands are a chain of volcanic islands located on either side of the equator in the Pacific Ocean. The isolated location of the islands has allowed a vast number of species to develop that are original to each island. Reserve this book.

In the ocean by Jennifer Szymanski

Dive into the waves and under the sea to meet the unique, amazing, and totally weird creatures that call the ocean home! Reserve this book.

The big book of the blue by Yuval Zommer

An animal fact book includes trivia on the creatures of the sea, detailing their physical characteristics, life cycles, and behaviors. Reserve this book.

Picture Books

Little blue house beside the sea by Jo Ellen Bogart ; art by Carme Lemniscates

The little blue house could be overlooking any ocean, and the narrator could be any child anywhere, gazing out over the waters, thinking about all the places she could go and imagining other little blue houses on other shores, with other children gazing back. Reserve this book.

Rocket says clean up! by Nathan Bryon ; illustrated by Dapo Adeola

While visiting her grandparents, who run whale-watching tours in Jamaica, Rocket sees first-hand how plastic is harming ocean creatures, and organizes a crew to clean up the local beach. Reserve this book.

Misunderstood Shark : friends don’t eat friends by Ame Dyckman ; illustrated by Scott Magoon

Bob, host of Underwater World with Bob, is furious with Shark, not only because Shark ate him (admittedly bad manners), but because Shark will not even admit what he did; the ocean may not be big enough for both of them–unless Shark faces up to his bad behavior. Reserve this book.

Off to see the sea by Nikki Grimes ; pictures by Elizabeth Zunon

The faucet flows like a waterfall, the bathroom floor is a distant shore, toy boats sail against the waves. An imagination-fueled adventure on the high seas is just what it takes to get little one clean. Reserve this book.

Boats float! by George Ella Lyon and Benn Lyon ; illustrated by Mick Wiggins

In rhyming text the reader is introduced to all the different kinds of boats floating on rivers, lakes, oceans, and ponds. Reserve this book.

Larry gets lost under the sea by Eric Ode and John Skewes

Larry the lovable pup follows a crustacean toward the sea and is swept out by a wave. He dog paddles around, exploring the plant and animal life before coming face-to-face with an oceanographer who leads him on a thrilling adventure through the four zones of the ocean. Reserve this book.