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Life's a Beach!: A Summery Dozen
Whether you're a crocodile, a bear, a human, or a dog, here's nothing more summery than a glorious day at the beach. Including a few titles that focus on the ocean itself, this is a list of sunny, breezy books just perfect for those languid days on the sand.
Best, Cari. When Catherine the Great and I Were Eight!; illus. by Giselle Potter. Kroupa/Farrar, 2003. Gr. 2-4.
Headed by the narrator's indomitable Russian grandmother, a group of city dwellers bound for the beach triumphs over heavy traffic with cheerful determination. (BCCB 10/03)
Daly, Niki . The Boy on the Beach; written and illus. by Niki Daly. McElderry, 1999. 3-6 yrs
An exuberant little boy enjoys all the benefits of the beach—including getting lost, panicking, and being found by a kindly lifeguard. (BCCB 7/99)
Huneck, Stephen . Sally Goes to the Beach; written and illus. by Stephen Huneck. Abrams, 2000. 4-7 yrs
A black Labrador Retriever accompanies her human family but has frolics all her own in this high-energy, woodcut-illustrated celebration of a dog's day at the beach. (BCCB 11/00)
Karas, G. Brian. Atlantic; written and illus. by G. Brian Karas. Putnam, 2002. 6-9 yrs
What list of beach books would be complete without an exploration of the sea itself? Dive right into this gorgeously evocative picture book and dream the day away. (BCCB 4/02)
Lakin, Patricia. Beach Day!; illus. by Scott Nash. Dial, 2004. 3-7 yrs
Four crocodile pals, intending to spend their sunny day at the beach, get distracted by the pleasures of a picnic, a playground, and a nap, but still arrive in time to luxuriate in some night swimming. (BCCB 6/04)
Loomis, Christine. Scuba Bunnies; illus. by Ora Eitan. Putnam, 2004. 3-5 yrs
Adventurous bunnies dare the deep blue to see what they can see. (BCCB 2/04)
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Please Do Feed the Bears; illus. by Ana López Escrivá. Atheneum, 2002. 3-6 yrs
Told there's no room for his toys in the car, Percy hides his beloved stuffed bears in the cooler, ditching the food for the family's beach trip. Luckily, Percy later sets his bears on the boardwalk with signs reading “Please DO feed the bears” and so fills the family's hungry bellies with generous donations. (BCCB 10/02)
O'Brien, John. The Beach Patrol; by John O'Brien and Max Bilkins; illus. by John O'Brien. Holt, 2004. 5-8 yrs
Summer sun and summer safety come together as the lifeguards ready the beach for a day full of swimmers' hijinks. (BCCB 6/04)
Schertle, Alice. All You Need for a Beach; illus. by Barbara Lavallee. Silver Whistle/Harcourt, 2004. 3-6 yrs
A rhyming, illustrated list of everything that is necessary for a day at the beach, from that first grain of sand to someone to enjoy it all: “YOU!” (BCCB 6/04)
Spencer, Ann, comp. and ad. Song of the Sea: Myths, Tales, and Folklore; illus. by Mark Lang. Tundra, 2001. Gr. 3-7.
Ever wonder what lives underneath those waves we love? This collection of folk wisdom illuminates the briny deep for you. (BCCB 6/01)
Van Steenwyk, Elizabeth. Let's Go to the Beach: A History of Sun and Fun by the Sea; illus. with photographs. Holt, 2001. Gr. 4-7.
Thematic meditations on the joys of seashores, lakeshores, and riverbanks, with loads of historical photographs included throughout. (BCCB 6/01)
Wolfe, Frances. Where I Live; written and illus. by Frances Wolfe. Tundra, 2001. 3-6 yrs
Unrhymed couplets, larger-than-life images of objects, and vibrant photorealistic scenery allow listeners and viewers to readily guess that the narrator lives at “the SEASIDE.” (BCCB 5/01)
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