Ocean Life

These great non-fiction books will fascinate your kids and support your Science curriculum.

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 About Crustaceans: A Guide for Children.  Cathryn Sill.  Peachtree, 2004.
A couple of simple, yet detailed sentences on the left page refer to the paintings on the right page which are so detailed they are almost photographic.  Students will learn about the anatomy, behavior and habitats of several crustaceans.  Back matter gives more details about each painting.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade


Baby Sea Turtle.  Aubrey Lang.  Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2007.
On a beach in Trinidad, a mother sea turtle buries her eggs and returns to the sea.  After the eggs hatch, predators are waiting.  Only a few make it to the sea.  Excellent photos, unfortunately the small size makes it difficult to use with more than an individual or small group.  I am not sure if a document camera can do it justice.
2nd-4th grade


I Am a Shark: The Life of a Hammerhead Shark.  Darlene R. Stille.  Picture Window Books.
A good beginning look at the shark’s anatomy, use of 6 senses to hunt prey.  Not a complete life cycle book, but a good, high interest start.  Backmatter contains a diagram, glossary and a few more facts.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade



If You Were a Penguin.  Wendell and Florence Minor.  Katherine Tegen Books, 2009.
Simple, rhyming text describes many things penguins can do.  The large, detailed illustrations are the book’s best feature.  Back matter includes fun facts and penguin species.
Read-aloud K-1st grade



In the Sea.  David Elliott.  Candlewick, 2012.
Twenty short but informative poems describe fascinating characteristics of sea life from the daintiest seahorse to the blue whale.  Fabulous woodcut art will please all readers.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-4th grade


The Mangrove Tree:  Planting Trees to Feed Families.  Susan Roth.  Lee & Low Books, 2011.
Describes the work of American biologist, Dr. Gordon Sato who changed the face of starvation in a village in Eritrea to one of health and prosperity by planting mangrove trees in saltwater.  Fascinating and inspiring.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 3rd-6th grade


Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas.  Molly Bang.  Blue Sky Press, 2012.
Narrated by the sun, this book, this outstanding book takes us under the sea to explore photosynthesis and how phytoplankton is essential in feeding the oceans creatures.  Well-designed and very informative.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 3rd-6th grade



The Sea, the Storm and the Mangrove Tangle.  Lynne Cherry.  Farrar, Straus Giroux, 2004.
A seed from a mangrove tree floats on the ocean, lands in a lagoon where it eventually becomes a mangrove island, a habitat to many animals.  It even provides shelter from a hurricane.  Picture Book.  Pair this with The Mangrove Tree:  Planting Trees to Feed Families by Susan Roth.
Read-aloud 3rd-6th grade

Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish.  Janet Halfmann.  Henry Holt, 2011.
Hand painted paper collages, watercolors depict a Pacific coast ochre sea star hunting for shellfish and becoming prey for a seagull.  This makes a great nonfiction read-aloud.  More scientific detail is in the back matter.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade



Surprising Sharks.  Nicola Davies.  Candlewick, 2003.
Fascinating information about the sizes, shapes and behaviors of various sharks.  Colorful layout, index.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade
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