Posted by: montclairlibrary | March 20, 2015

Under the Sea

March 24 is Ocean Day California, a day dedicated to advocacy for and conservation of California’s coastal resources. (There’s also a World Oceans Day every June 8.)

To help you learn more about the ocean and celebrate its denizens, here are 12 picture books from the Montclair collection highlighting life under the sea:

Picture books about the ocean, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

In the Sea by David Elliott (J 811.54 ELLIOTT)
Collects poems describing the many creatures living in the sea, from the sea horse to the blue whale.

Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins (J 591.779 JENKINS)
Provides a top-to-bottom look at the ocean, from birds and waves to thermal vents and ooze.

Ocean Babies by Deborah Lee Rose (J 591.39 ROSE)
Describes baby animals that live in the ocean, pointing out their many differences as well as the most important similarity.

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A. Nivola (J BIO EARLE)
This picture book biography tells the story of Sylvia Earle’s growing passion for the wonders of the sea and how her ocean exploration and advocacy have made her known around the world.

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry (J PICBK SHERRY)
A giant squid brags about being bigger than everything else in the ocean–almost.

Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle (J PICBK CARLE)
After Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs on Mr. Seahorse’s belly, he drifts through the water, greeting other fish fathers who are taking care of their eggs. (Also available elsewhere in OPL in Spanish, as the charmingly-named Don Caballito de Mar.)

Dolphin Baby! by Nicola Davies (J PICBK DAVIES)
Following his mother, a baby dolphin learns about life under the sea, from catching his first fish to developing his own unique whistle.

Into the A, B, Sea: An Ocean Alphabet by Deborah Lee Rose (J 591.77 ROSE)
An alphabet book featuring twenty-six animals found in the ocean and including endnotes giving additional details about each of these sea creatures.

Water Sings Blue by Kate Coombs (J 811.6 COOMBS)
Playful, moving poems that evoke the beauty and power, the depth and mystery, and the endless resonance of the sea.

First Big Book of the Ocean by Catherine D. Hughes (J 551.46 HUGHES)
Introduces several of the ocean’s species, provides profiles of creatures, from dolphins and sharks to sea otters and penguins, while sharing facts about their characteristics, diets and habitats.

And 2 beautifully-illustrated books about Jacques Cousteau:
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino (J BIO COUSTEAU)

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne (J BIO COUSTEAU)
Before Jacques Cousteau became an internationally known oceanographer and champion of the seas, he was a curious little boy. In this biography, poetic text and paintings combine to create a portrait of Jacques Cousteau.


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