Ocean Books for Preschoolers
These ocean books are a perfect start to teaching preschoolers about the ocean and the letter o sounds. We have so many favorite ocean books. Check out the linked blog post for the activities we did with these books!
The Rainbow Fish books– These books are classics that my kids are drawn to over and over for the shiny, sparkly fins on the rainbow fish. I love the stories and the variety of friends the Rainbow Fish has.
The Pout-Pout Fish– This is a book we come back to again and again. It’s on steady rotation for nightly reading, even when we aren’t doing an ocean-themed unit. The Pout-Pout fish encounters a variety of fellow sea creatures that try to cheer him up, but only one succeeds! We even did a craft project about this book and used it to explore emotions. (link to the project coming soon!)
Big Fish Little Fish– A fun, interactive book with fish shapes cut in each page, revealing the next page’s fish. My kids love it because it’s has a fun look and different texture.
Atlas of Adventures– I’m going to go out on a limb and call this one of my favorite children’s books. I bought it while I was still pregnant with our first. I couldn’t help it. It is oversized and has beautiful illustrations that make me want to travel the world. I am hoping to instill a travel bug in my kids, and this book is helpful. For this unit, we are using it to look at the different oceans and seas around the world and how much of the earth they make up. The kids love it, also!
How to Hide an Octopus– This is a book I had when I was little, and my kids love it also. They think it is so funny that animals can camouflage themselves and love “finding” the animals, even though at this point it’s no challenge for them. It is a fun, engaging book with interesting content and illustrations.
Whales and Dolphins– When I was younger, I was obsessed with dolphins. I loved whales too, but dolphins were where it was at for me. My daughter is showing the same affinity for both whales and dolphins and this is a fun, fact-filled book about both.
The Visual Dictionary of the Earth– Another classic from my childhood. It is packed with a ton of information about the earth. This week we are focusing on the sections about the oceans, but it’s one we come back to for other information.
First Encyclopedia of the Seas and Oceans- Amazing photographs and illustrations combine with interesting text to illustrate the basics of our planet’s animals, what’s out in space, and much more.
Baby Whale– Anything involving babies is a hit for my kids right now, and they are especially fascinated that baby whale’s drink milk from their mama’s, just like they did. This book is interesting and fact-filled but has enough of a storyline to engage the kids.
Above and Below– The innovative split-page layout of this book allows readers to literally uncover a hidden world of nature, as they turn the book’s half pages.
My Very First Book of Seas and Oceans- This is one for the younger child. It is an informative picture book for young children that explores the amazing world beneath the waves. Explore kaleidoscopic coral reefs, frozen Arctic waters and the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean floor.
Big Picture Book of Planet Earth– This is a large, sturdy book full of pictures that introduce the world in a large, unique format, perfect for little learners.
1001 Things to Spot in the Sea– This fun book is filled with things to find, count and talk about, this fun and interesting book provide hours of puzzle-solving fun. I use it for when I don’t necessarily want to read a story, but I want to spend some time looking at books with the kids.
Any search on Google or Amazon will result in many ocean book recommendations for preschoolers. We have a few family favorites that we come back to for fun, inspiration, and information again and again.
These books are also part of our morning basket routine.
We don’t read all of them every day, but they are always available to the kids. I also rely heavily on them when things start getting wild. My favorite thing to do is calmly sit down on the ground and start reading a book aloud. It changes everyone’s attitude and focus long enough to reset the mood in the house and enables us to get back to our activity.