Thursday, June 3, 2010

Kids Beach Books for the Summer!

Heading to the Beach this Summer?

Remember to grab some great beach books for the kids!

If you are taking your little one to the beach for the first time or for the hundredth, here are some great books about the beach that will definitely make your child want to MAKE A SPLASH into reading!

If you have a toddler who is visiting the beach for the first time, check out At the Beach by Mandy Stanley. It’s a great board book to help them identify different shapes and creatures at the beach.

Some great easy readers for kids are Beach Day by Karen Roosa and Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Mélanie Watt.
Beach Day teaches kids about all the fun activities at the beach from feeding the seagulls to building gigantic sandcastles. In Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach, Scaredy Squirrel refuses to go to the beach because he is scared of pirates, flocks of seagulls and tons of falling coconuts. What’s a scared squirrel to do? Make his own beach of course! But Scaredy Squirrel realizes his homemade beach is missing a key component, so he must venture to the real beach to complete his perfect homemade beach.

Another great picture book is Flotsam by Davis Wiesner. This 2007 Caldecott Medal winner is a wordless book telling the story of a young boy who finds a camera at the beach. As this boy develops the film from the camera, he discovers a magical underwater world that will definitely amaze children.

If you are looking for books about the beach for an older child, check out Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. This Newbery winner is a classic about a young girl, who is marooned on a deserted island for eighteen years. The story chronicles the obstacles she faces and the depths she will go to for survival.

Miss Laurie, in the children’s department, recommends The Wedding Planner’s Daughter by Coleen Paratore. The Wedding Planner’s Daughter is the first story in a hilarious contemporary series, which chronicles the life of Willa Havisham, a twelve year old girl who is “a classics reader, a cherry-cordial eater, and quite possibly the world's worst wisher”. Every year, Willa wishes for a father, her own dad died before she was born, but her mother uproots them every time a possible love interest emerges. As Willa and her mother, a famous wedding planner, settle into their new life in Cape Cod, Willa attempts to show her mother that Cape Cod is where they need to be!

If you would like to place a hold on any of these books, please click here to be redirected to the Jefferson County Library Cooperative. Remember to have a fun and safe summer!

~ Miss Judith ~

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