Wonders of the Ocean Books

 

As we are nearing 100 degree temperatures here in Tucson nothing sounds better than diving in to a good book and exploring what lies beneath the cool blue waters that make up 70% of Earth’s surface.

Beach Party!
By Harriet Ziefert
Illustrated by Simms Taback
Reading Seed Level: Emerging; Fountas & Pinnell Level: C; Interest Level: K-3rd grade

This oversized board book is all about action. The author asks the reader to mimic the way ocean animals move. Get up and twist like an octopus or bend like a starfish with your students. The more ways a student can experience new vocabulary, the deeper they will comprehend and remember.

Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Big Blue Ocean
By Bill Nye and Ian G. Saunders
Illustrated by John S. Dykes
Reading Seed Level: Intermediate; Fountas & Pinnell Level: P; Interest Level: 3rd-6th grade

This nonfiction book offers a fun and exciting look at the world under the sea. Bill Nye takes us on a great adventure and describes dozens of sea creatures and sea plants. Not only does the book offer interesting information, but it also describes various activities that the reader can do to understand the material even more! This is an ideal book for intermediate readers that are interested in applying what they read and learn to real life.

Fantastic Fish
By Rodney Carter
Reading Seed Level: Emerging; Fountas & Pinnell Level: B; Interest Level: K-3rd grade

Some fish have stripes, some fish have spots and some fish have big teeth! Fantastic Fish offers a short and simple read about different characteristics of fish. The short length of the book is good for weekly sessions and is an ideal book for students that like strong visuals to accompany text.

Gardens of the Sea
By Jo Windsor
Reading Seed Level: Beginning; Fountas & Pinnell Level: G; Interest Level: K-3rd grade

The sea floor contains lush gardens like those we might see on land. This nonfiction book presents great information with vivid photos. The text is contained in boxes, which make it easy for a young reader to follow. There are a couple pages at the end with activity and questions ideas that would be a great resource to preview before your session.

I Wonder Why the Sea is Salty and Other Questions About the Oceans
By Anita Ganeri
Reading Seed Level: Early; Fountas & Pinnell Level: J; Interest Level: 3rd-6th grade

Why is the sea salty? What makes waves roll? These questions are answered and more in this delightful question and answer book about sea creatures, plants and phenomena. This book reaches an array of interests and encompasses a lot of information that any reader would enjoy. This is an ideal book for students that enjoy learning new information and like to change topics often.

Monsters of the Sea
By Dino Don Lessem
Illustrated by Joh Bindon
Reading Seed Level: Early; Fountas & Pinnell Level: M; Interest Level: 3rd-6th grade

This nonfiction work offers a detailed look at ancient animals that once dominated the ocean. The book offers detailed descriptions of various animals, quick facts and colorful pictures to captivate the reader and showcase each sea creature- some living as far as 250 million year ago! This is a good read for early readers that are on the cusp of becoming intermediate readers and are looking for more complex reading.

Ocean Giants
By Kate Waters
Reading Seed Level: Early; Fountas & Pinnell Level: K; Interest Level: K-3rd grade

This nonfiction reader offers information about some of the largest creatures living in the ocean. The interesting text is accompanied by colorful and vivid pictures that bring the information to life. This book is a great choice for early readers that enjoy learning new words and have an interest in learning new information about sea creatures.

Submarines and Submersibles
By Deborah Lock
Reading Seed Level: Beginning; Fountas & Pinnell Level: F; Interest Level: K-3rd grade

This is a nonfiction book that offers an in-depth look on different vehicles and tools used to explore the deep blue sea. The glossary and pictures help students learn new words and concepts. This is a good book for students that are comfortable reading and are looking for new vocabulary.

Totally Amazing Sea Creatures
By Iqbal Hussain
Illustrated by Andrew Peters
Reading Seed Level: Intermediate; Fountas & Pinnell Level: N; Interest Level: K-5th grade

This book lives up to the title. There are so many great facts that are shared in a fun and interesting way. There are funny illustrations, jokes, and speech bubbles mixed in with detailed descriptions and colorful underwater images. Explore the ocean with your students and learn about what fish eat and what they do to protect themselves from being eaten!

Vagabond Crabs
Written and photographed by Peter Garland
Reading Seed Level: Beginning; Fountas & Pinnell Level: G; Interest Level: K-3rd grade

This short book details the growth of hermit crabs as they must then find new shells to fit into. Up close photos and one to two short rhyming sentences per page provide just the right amount of information for a young reader to comprehend while also focusing on decoding.