For Coastal Kids All Over the World !

Boy standing on the beach (public domain via pixabay.com)
Boy standing on the beach (public domain via pixabay.com)

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These 10 coastal-themed books deliver more than pretty pictures…

This batch of children’s books about the coast and ocean illustrate how far picture books have come. The authors and illustrators of these fiction and nonfiction books know how to tell a story well. But each book also provides a launch pad for critical thinking—for science classes, creative writing exercises, political and environmental discussions, and art projects, too. Almost every one of these books includes extensive endnotes with added content such as positive actions that a person can take to, say, help whales or the rainforest or coral reefs; glossaries and ideas for where to find more information; or the real story behind the one portrayed in the book. These books are not just an entertaining and informative way for a child to pass some time alone or with an adult, they’re also books to keep on the shelf and dip into for information when you have a question about why whales leap or what causes coral bleaching, and to return to again and again…

Great Carrier Reef
Text by Jessica Stremer
Illustrated by Gordy Wright
40 pp. Holiday House

Wild Trails to the Sea
Text by Penelope Jackson
Illustrations by Elena Skoreyko Wagner
32 pp. Nimbus Publishing

A Geoduck Is Not a Duck
Text by Candy Wellins
Illustrations by Ellie Peterson
32 pp. Sasquatch Books

West Coast Wild Rainforest
Text by Deborah Hodge
Illustrations by Karen Reczuch
44 pp. Groundwood Books

Something About the Sky
Text by Rachel Carson
Illustrations by Nikki McClure
56 pp. Candlewick Studio

Great Carrier Reef
Text by Jessica Stremer
Illustrated by Gordy Wright
40 pp. Holiday House

Is This a House for Hermit Crab?
Text by Megan McDonald
Illustrations by Katherine Tillotson
40 pp. Neal Porter Books

I Ship: A Container Ship’s Colossal Journey
Text by Kelly Rice Schmitt
Illustrations by Jam Dong
40 pp. Millbrook Press

Whales and Us: Our Shared Journey
Text by India Desjardins
Illustrations by Nathalie Dion
56 pp. Orca Book Publishers

If You Spot a Shell
Text and illustrations by Aimée Sicuro
40 pp. Random House Studio

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The Two Men, Mogador, Morocco © 2014 Julien Drach. This photograph is part of a series inspired by Italian neorealism entitled “from Naples to Mogador" and was presented in 2014 by the European House of Photography in Paris during Photo Month.
The Two Men, Mogador, Morocco © 2014 Julien Drach. This photograph is part of a series inspired by Italian neorealism entitled “from Naples to Mogador" and was presented in 2014 by the European House of Photography in Paris during Photo Month.

Julien Drach (b. 1973) is a French photographer, filmmaker and Art Director. His photography, which is at once painterly and cinematic, sets a richly layered scene, inviting us into the story.

An aerial view of the Virginia Beach Hurricane Protection and Renourishment project. which replenished 1.25 million cubic yards of sand, increasing the beach from 150 and 280 feet wide to as much as 300 feet (Courtesy of the Norfolk District, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers CC BY 2.0 via Flickr).
An aerial view of the Virginia Beach Hurricane Protection and Renourishment project. which replenished 1.25 million cubic yards of sand, increasing the beach from 150 and 280 feet wide to as much as 300 feet (Courtesy of the Norfolk District, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers CC BY 2.0 via Flickr).

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More than $15 billion, mostly federal dollars, have been spent moving sand to the shoreline for both recreational and shoreline protection benefits. Still, whether in New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Florida, or California, the life span of the sand added artificially to these beaches in many cases has been relatively short and in some instances has been less than a year…

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