The Sea

A calm sea

A Drop in the Ocean: The story of water by Jacqui Bailey and Matthew Lilly (A&C Black)
This book explains the water cycle in a simple and entertaining way. It uses cartoon style illustrations and includes an idea for an experiment and additional interesting facts at the back.

A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea by Jessica Law and Jim McDonald (Barefoot Books)
Beautifully illustrated version of the traditional song with a sing-a-long CD.

Bright Stanley and the Cave Monster by Matt Buckingham (Little Tiger Press)
Little fish Bright Stanley is exploring a cave with his friends when think they may have encountered a monster.

Brilliant Boats by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker (Kingfisher Books)
Part of the Amazing Machines series. This book takes a rhythmical rhyming look at different types of boats.

Claude All at Sea by Alex T Smith (Hodder)
The little dog sails out to sea in his bathtub and meets mermaids, dolphins and a sea monster called Nigel.

Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz (Orchard)
Classic rhyming text with bold, colourful illustrations.

Fidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway (Little Tiger Press)
A little fish who has been sent to burn off some energy comes across a dark and mysterious cave…

First Encyclopaedia of Seas and Oceans by Jane Chisholm (Usborne)
Good quality, clear, colour photographs and plenty of questions that are answered with simple text.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr Seuss (HarperCollins)
Brilliant exploration of basic concepts and opposites using strange and unusual fish.

Rainbow Fish and the Sea Monster’s Cave by Marcus Pfister (North-South Books)
Rainbow Fish volunteers to go in search of some medicinal algae for a friend and has to conquer his fears when he encounters a scary cave.

See Under the Sea by Kate Davies and Colin King (Usborne)
The ‘See Inside’ books are packed full of detail and interesting facts and are really appealing to young children because of the many flaps.

Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks (Macmillan)
A tale about sharing, friendship and kindness.

Snap! by Margaret May and Alex Ayliffe (Orchard Books)
Picture book featuring ocean creatures. Full of bold bright illustrations and descriptive vocabulary.

Spot the Shark in the Ocean by Stella Maidment and Joelle Dreidemy (QED)
A book to test attention to detail and foster concentration and persistence.

The Singing Mermaid by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks (Macmillan)
A mermaid is lured into joining the circus, where she is trapped in a tank and desperate to escape.

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Macmillan)
A snail becomes an unlikely hero when she saves her whale friend who becomes beached on their trip around the world together.

Tiddler by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Alison Green Books)
No one believes the tall tales Tiddler is always telling. Then one day something truly extraordinary actually happens to him.

Under the Sea by Anna Melbourne and Cathy Shimmen (Usborne Picture Storybooks)
Beautifully illustrated exploration of the world’s oceans and wildlife.