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Fill your book basket with ocean animal books for preschoolers. They will help you introduce your little ones to the ocean and the animals that live in it.
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I love this collection of 27 ocean animal books! They are great for young readers who are learning about animals and the ocean!
Ocean Animal Books
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of picture books about ocean animals that will help your preschoolers learn about ocean life and the animals that live in it.
You should be able to find them at your local library or book store. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.
Ocean Animals: Who’s Who in the Deep Blue | From life in coral reefs to sharks and rays, to sea birds, kids will meet incredible sea-based animals in action, including the blue tang fish and clownfish. It’s all captured with beautiful underwater photography and features cool info about our oceans — including fascinating facts, maps, and marine conservation tips and efforts.
Ocean Animals | Help your baby or toddler increase their vocabulary and learn more about ocean animals.
Commotion in the Ocean | Children will delight in the snappy poems and colorful illustrations about whales, walruses, penguins, polar bears, stingrays, and sharks.
Moonlight Ocean Lightbeam Books | What happens in the ocean after dark? Use the magic flashlights on every page to reveal the hidden creatures in the ocean’s depths!
Mister Seahorse | As he floats through the sea, Mister Seahorse meets a Mr Stickleback, Mr Tilapia, Mr Kurtus and many other fish fathers caring for their eggs and babies in the most surprising ways.
The Ocean Alphabet Book | Do you know which deep sea creature scares away its enemies by spraying ink at them, or which fish has lights inside its mouth to attract food? Learn the answer to these questions and other fascinating details about ocean life in this engaging and informative book.
DK Eyewitness Books: Ocean | Dive in and discover the watery world covering most of our earth and the amazing wildlife in its depths in Eyewitness: Oceans.
Guess Who Ocean Friends | Five adorable ocean friends are waiting for kids to “guess who” in this fun and engaging book. Hidden behind “peekaboo” flaps, a turtle, sea lion, lobster, clownfish, and shark are just waiting to be discovered.
Oceans Of The World In Color: Marine Life and Oceanography for Children | This book will teach kids about our oceans; covering basic facts, such as names, locations, size, and more.
Ocean Animals | With more than 200 gorgeous animal photos of sharks, whales, clown fish, jelly fish, dolphins, and others, Animal Planet Ocean Animals is a fun, habitat-by-habitat guide that provides kids in the first years of schooling with the perfect bite-sized view of their favorite ocean-dwelling animals.
Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef | Kids will sing, clap, and count their way among pufferfish that puff, grunt fish that grunt and seahorses that flutter, and begin to appreciate life in the ocean.
Ocean Adventure Amazing Animals | From a playful pod of dolphins leaping through the waves to an awesome angler fish lurking in the depths, there’s a different animal on every spread, plus many additional creatures to spot along the way!
Wish for a Fish: All About Sea Creatures | The Cat in the Hat, Sally, and Dick take an undersea voyage aboard the S.S. Undersea Glubber! Traveling down from the Sunny Zone to the Dark Zone to the Trench at the bottom, Captain Cat and his crew get up close and personal with the different life forms found at each level of the ocean. Along the way, they meet sharks, jellyfish, dolphins, manatees, whales, and sea cucumbers, to name just a few!
Oceans: Dolphins, sharks, penguins, and more! | Swim with sharks! Dive with dolphins! Stroll the beach with penguins! Young readers will joyfully immerse themselves in this awesome adventure at sea.
Under the Sea Feels Real Books | Fish, dolphins, and huge whales are some of the sea creatures in this book. Feels Real Books each have “feels real” textures for toddlers to touch and recognize.
The Snail and the Whale | When a tiny snail meets a humpback whale, the two travel together to far-off lands. It’s a dream come true for the snail, who has never left home before. But when the whale swims too close to shore, will the snail be able to save her new friend?
Whales: The Gentle Giants | Describes how whales live and some different types of whales.
If I Were a Whale | Toddlers will love to learn about whales swimming in the deep blue sea in this beautifully illustrated board book that shares simple whale facts in an imaginative way.
The Wishing Whale | Read along as the wishing whale swims through the ocean surfing waves, exploring shipwrecks, jumping with dolphins, and watching birds in flight.
Hark! A Shark!: All About Sharks | From the smallest (the dwarf lantern) to the largest (the whale shark), the most notorious (the great white) to the most obscure (the goblin), the Cat explains why sharks have lots of teeth but no bones; how their tough skin helps them swim fast and stay clean (inspiring scientists–and bathing suit manufacturers!); how pores along the sides of their bodies help them sense prey; that they have more to fear from us than we do from them, and much, much more!
Little Shark: Finger Puppet Book | Tiny tots can enjoy swimming among the fish with Little Shark in this simple, comforting story. The book features a permanently attached plush finger puppet and peek-a-boo holes in every page, giving parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read together.
The Three Little Fish And The Big Bad Shark | Mama tells her three little fish that it’s time to make their own homes. Jim builds his house of seaweed, but the big bad shark munches it up. Tim builds his house of sand, but the shark crunches it up. It’s smart Kim who sets up house in an old sunken ship!
Coral Reefs and Their Animals Friends | Coral reefs serve very important purposes in ensuring the life of marine animals. They serve as nurseries for schools of baby fish and they refuge for the little prey trying to escape their predators.
Coral Reefs | During an ordinary visit to the library, a girl pulls a not-so-ordinary book from the shelves. As she turns the pages in this book about coral reefs, the city around her slips away and she finds herself surrounded by the coral cities of the sea and the mysterious plants and animals that live, hunt, and hide there.
Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean | National Geographic Kids First Big Book of the Ocean is an adorable animal reference that includes the sea’s high-interest animals, such as dolphins, sharks, sea otters, and penguins, and introduces kids to some of its lesser-known creatures.
In My Ocean | What makes little dolphin’s ocean so cozy. Is it the splashing waves? No, it’s his loving family!
Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea | Way down deep in the deep blue sea, there’s a lot to find. I guarantee! Come on! Be brave! Just follow me! And let’s explore the deep blue sea!
Which of these books about ocean animals will you read first?
ROUND OUT YOUR UNIT WITH THESE ACTIVITIES:
FREE Ocean Worksheets for Preschool! These printables focus on colors, alphabet, and math with a fun ocean theme. Perfect for summer preschool lessons!
Don’t miss these ocean themed games for kids! Add them to your summer preschool lessons about the ocean. They’re great for birthday parties, too!
Make an ocean sensory bag for your toddlers and preschoolers to explore. It’s a great activity for summer fun before or after a tip to the beach!