coral reef books for kids

April 8, 2013

With an upcoming beach trip in our near future, we decided to do an ocean unit for the month of March. The kids had so much fun reading about the ocean and the animals that live in it.

We pretty much raided our library of all the ocean-related books. As a result, I have some good booklists to share with you.

This will sort of be like the bird unit--at the end of it, you may just be sick of the ocean, but hopefully, you'll find some good book and activity ideas along the way.

(I got the dolphin printable from Learn Create Love. If you like printables, this site has a ton of great ones.)

We started our ocean unit by making a list of questions--questions we wanted to find out answers to in our studies.

One of the questions Juliet came up with had to do with coral reefs. This is the best one we found. I like this series and the artful way the information is portrayed.

Life in a Coral Reef

Steve Jenkins does a beautiful job and provides the perfect amount of information for the kindergarten audience.

Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef

Robyn recommended this one a few weeks ago and luckily, I found a copy at our library. This one was perfect for Lucia because she is really into books you can sing. She was already familiar with the "Over in the Meadow" tune, so she loved hearing this ocean version. Juliet loved it as well.

We checked out several dolphin books, but didn't really fall in love with any of them. Mostly, we spent time watching National Geographic footage of dolphins. The kids are very excited to see dolphins at the beach--I hope they show up!

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