July Beach Book Challenge

We are extremely lucky to be able to spend the month of July at our family’s beach house at the Jersey Shore. While there this summer, I thought it would be fun to challenge the kids, and myself, to read 31 different fiction picture books about, or set at, the beach. We will be using board books as well as picture books. It was quite a challenge to narrow this list down, as I found there are so many wonderful books about, or set at the beach.

Click below for a downloadable PDF of the 31 books we will be reading.

I’ll be posting and linking to reviews/activities we do with these books as we go so check back often!

Board Books/Baby Books:

Beach Baby by Amy Pixton (Indestructibles). Read the post here.

Beach Baby by Laurie Elmquist – read the post here.

Hide and Seek Harry at the Beach by Kenny Harrison. Read the post here.

Llama Llama Sand and Sun by Anna Dewdney – read post here.

Where is Baby’s Beach Ball? by Karen Katz – read the post here.

Fiction Books for Toddlers/Preschool Aged Kids

Duck and Goose Go to the Beach – Tad Hills

Ten Little Fish by Audrey Wood – read the post here.

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes. Read the post here.

Gentle Giant Octopus by Karen Wallace

Seashells by the Seashore by Marianne Berkes. Read the post here.

Great Sharky Shark by Suzanne Tate – Read the post here.

The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zoltow

The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen. Read the post here.

My Blue Boat by Chris Demarest – read the post here.

1, 2, 3 By the Sea by Dianne Moritz & Hazel Mitchell

It’s a Seashell Day by Dianne Ochiltree – read the post here.

Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle – Read the post here.

At the Beach by Anne Rockwell – read the post here.

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown – read the post here.

Magic Beach by Alison Lester

Wave by Suzy Lee

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

Yellow Ball by Molly Bang. Read the post here.

Hello Ocean by Pam Munoz Ryan – read the post here.

Flotsam by David Wiesner.

Hum and Swish by Matt Myers – read the post here.

Humphrey the Lost Whale by Wendy Tokuda & Richard Hall (This is nonfiction, but is written as a story so I put it here.) – Read the post here.

Beach by Elisha Cooper. Read the post here.

Pete the Cat Goes to the Beach by James Dean – read the post here.

*BONUS*

Nonfiction Books for Toddlers/Preschool Aged Kids We Like

Hidden World: Ocean by Libby Walden – check out the post here.

ABC Oceans by American Museum of Natural History – check out the post here.

My Very Fist Seas and Oceans Book by Matthew Oldham – check out the post here.

The Seashore by Pierre de Hugo – check out the post here.

Look! Fish! by Stephanie Calmenson – check out the post here.

What books do you plan on reading with your kids this summer?

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