Sunshine, Sand and Beautiful Waves

No matter what else is happening in life, there are few things that beat the beach. Everyone looks forward to getting back to the beach when the temperatures rise and the sun stays out longer. And just as the ocean is always changing, the amount and variety of literature celebrating it shifts constantly along with it. Here are ten of our picks for the best beachy reads for kids.

PS: As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you, from qualifying purchases. Thanks for supporting us create more free stories!

The Sandcastle that Lola Built by Megan Maynor and Kate Berube Beach Book List

The Sandcastle that Lola Built by Megan Maynor & Kate Berube

“In a spin on the classic tale, The House that Jack Built, Megan Maynor and Kate Berube tell and illustrate the story of a girl with a very particular sandcastle vision—full of mermaid signals and protective barriers. Where other beach-going children might have posed a threat to the castle’s security, she enlists their help in reinforcing it. All seems to be proceeding swimmingly until the waves start closing in….”

If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t! by Elise Parsley

“Did it ever cross your mind to bring a piano along to the beach? No? Well, there’s probably a reason. Book 2 of the Magnolia Says Don’t! series finds single-minded youngster Magnolia, with her heart set on giving a seaside serenade with her enormous upright piano. What will it take for her to give up and save the scale-practicing for home? Follow this hilarious and highly musical adventure.” Storyberries
If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach Dont by Elise Parsley Beach Book List
Hide and Seek Harry at the Beach by Kenny Harrison Beach Book List

Hide and Seek Harry at the Beach by Kenny Harrison

“Harry is a hippo who loves to play hide and seek with his friends at the beach. Unfortunately a big open space like that doesn’t leave too many options for a hippo to hide successfully. But that isn’t going to stop Harry from trying!”

Clam-I-Am: All About the Beach by Dr. Seuss, T. Rabe, A. Ruiz and J. Mathieu

“The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library gets a beachy twist in this volume. Norval the Fish is assembling a show-stopping cast of interviewees—jellyfish, hermit crabs, starfish, seagulls, sand fleas, and a reticent sea creature named Clam-I-Am—for a beachfront talk show on the Fish Channel. And of course he can rely on the Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two to get the word out. In fact, there are so many sea critters in this little book that even the most marine-minded kid might get swept away!” Storyberries
Clam I Am All About The Beach by Dr Seuss Rabe Ruiz and Mathieu Beach Book List
Beach Feet by Kiyomi Konagaya and Masamitsu Saito Beach Book List

Beach Feet by Kiyomi Konagaya & Masamitsu Saito

“This unconventional and endearing story follows a boy who experiences the beach primarily through the feeling under his feet. Despite the tube around his waist allowing him to go only so far, he communes with the ocean by stepping into the water, onto the shells, and over the sand. Quickly he learns to love the beach—and the beach loves him. A portrait of the myriad ways to appreciate nature.” Storyberries

Beach Baby by Laurie Elmquist & Elly MacKay

“The beach is one of nature’s most spectacular theaters, the perfect place for a baby to discover the wonders of the world around them. This beautifully lyrical and richly illustrated book features text with a rhythm like waves crashing, and really evocative mages. A quiet and moving reminder of the inexorable power and irresistible motion of sea, sand and sentences.”
Beach Baby by Laurie Elmquist and Elly MacKay Beach Book List

These Little Piggies Go to the Beach by Amy E Sklansky and Christine Davenier Beach Book List

These Little Piggies Go to the Beach by Amy E. Sklansky & Christine Davenier

“Did you know these little piggies do a whole lot more than go to market and stay home? They even know how to plan and enjoy the perfect beach day! Follow the structure of the traditional verse as they pack the car, drive to the beach, play with a beach ball, and splash in the surf.” Storyberries

Lottie’s New Beach Towel by Petra Mathers

” Lottie is looking forward to a seaside picnic with her friend Herbie—but there are a host of unexpected challenges to overcome on the way, like crossing a piping-hot sand dune with no sandals. Will she manage to turn a whole lot of lemons into lemonade? Read on and prepare to be charmed by Lottie’s resourcefulness and determination.” Storyberries
Lotties New Beach Towel Petra Mathers Beach Book List
A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams and Floyd Cooper Beach Book List

A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams

“Have you ever been lost on the beach? Us too! This book tells the all-too-familiar story with intricate illustrations and beautiful hues. Gregory thinks he’s hatched a foolproof plan to keep track of his dad: drawing a lion in the sand. But what happens when the lion’s tail gets too long for Gregory to even see his dad?” .Storyberries

Be a Beach Detective! by Peggy Kochanoff

Author Peggy Kochanoff, who also happens to be a biologist, knows that you can discover marine life at any age. She’ll lead you through an engaging introductory course in the thriving habitat that is a coastal shelf, “from the puzzling tidal life of barnacles to the stunning variety of seaweeds.” Storyberries
Be a Beach Detective Peggy Kochanoff Beach Book List

Free Online Children’s Books About The Beach At Storyberries

Best free books at Storyberries
Free phonics books Dream of the Sea learn to read header

Dream of the Sea

In this delightful learn-to-read phonics book, Dean has a dream of the sea. A great way to practice the long-e sound whilst imagining the delights of the sea!

Lesedi’s Sandbox

Lesedi would love to spend a day at the beach. His parents make a special sandbox for him so he can imagine all the wonders of spending a day on the sand and in the ocean, and in doing so give him the best day of his life.
Bedtime Stories Lesedis Sandbox short stories for kids header
Bedtime stories Octopus in a Bottle free books and short stories for kids header

Baby Octopus in a Bottle

Baby octopus is curious and loves exploring. Unfortunately when she mistakes a plastic bottle for a lemon fish, she gets gets her tentacles stuck!
A colourful reminder of the hazards of plastic waste in the oceans.