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10 Great Picture Books for the Beach

Use this favorite summer activity to spark interest in books.
on June 26, 2014

Every summer, my husband and I pack up our two kids and head to the beach for a low-tech, high-fun few days in the sand.

This annual vacation is something my children look forward to for months. As the excitement builds, I capitalize on it by finding a few great books about the beach to read before and after our trip. Here are 10 wonderful picture books that pair perfectly with a trip to the beach.


There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell! by Lucille Colandro

Beach by Elisha Cooper

Duck & Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills

A Day at the Seashore by Kathryn Jackson

Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies

Otto Goes to the Beach by Todd Parr

At the Beach by Anne & Harlow Rockwell

Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Melanie Watt

Flotsam by David Wiesner

The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow

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