Ocean Explorer Reading Suggestions

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Kids Summer Reading Challenge 2022

Ocean Life    Aquatic Professions     Pirates & Treasure    Sea Monsters/Creatures    Ocean Environment     Beaches/Islands     Ocean Vessels & Navigation

Ocean Life

  1. Narwhal on a Sunny Night by Mary Pope Osborne 
  2. FishFishFish: a graphic novel by Lee Nordling 
  3. Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly 
  4. Narwhal and Jelly (graphic novel series) by Ben Clanton 
  5. Oliver and the Seawigs by Phillip Reeve 
  6. Who Would Win? Ultimate Ocean Rumble by Jerry Pallotta 
  7. Who Would Win? Hammerhead vs. Bull Shark by Jerry Pallotta 
  8. Who Would Win? Whale vs. Giant Squid by Jerry Pallotta 
  9. Shark Wars by E.J. Altbacker 
  10. Whales: Diving into the Unknown by Casey Zakroff 
  11. Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson 
  12. A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers 
  13. A Symphony of Whales by Steve Schuch 
  14. Narwhals and Other Whales by Mary Pope Osborne 
  15. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin 
  16. Killer Tentacles! Box Jellyfish Attack by James Buckley Jr.  
  17. Sharks: Nature’s Perfect Hunter by Joe Flood 
  18. Surrounded by Sharks by Michael Northrop 
  19. Dolphins at Daybreak by Mary Pope Osborne 
  20. Dolphins and Sharks: a nonfiction companion to Dolphin at Daybreak by Mary Pope Osborne 
  21. Dolphins! By Sharon Bokoske 
  22. The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse 
  23. The Dolphins of Laurentum by Caroline Lawrence 
  24. Attack of the Killer Crabs by Chrisopher Pike 
  25. Who Would Win? Lobster vs. Crab by Jerry Pallotta 
  26. The Mystery at the Coral Reef by Harper Paris 
  27. Coral Reefs by Claudia Martin 
  28. Manac the Manta Ray by Adam Blade 
  29. Obsessive About Octopuses by Owen Davey 
  30. Giant Squid by Candace Fleming 
  31. The Sea Lion by Cynthia Rylant 
  32. Strong Like the Sea by Wendy Swore 
  33. Ollie the Otter by Kelly Williamson 
  34. What If There Were No Sea Otters?: a Book About the Ocean Ecosystem by Suzanne Slade 
  35. Dolphin Diaries series by Ben M. Baglio 
  36. A Whale of the Wild by Rosanne Parry
  37. Dolphin Song by Lauren St. John

Fishermen, Navy Sailors, & Other Aquatic Professions

  1. Kylie Jean: Fishing Queen by M. Peschke  
  2. The Dark Frigate by Charles Boardman Hawes 
  3. Searching for Great White Sharks: A Shark Diver's Quest for Mr. Big by Mary M. Cerullo
  4. Seeking Giant Sharks: A Shark Diver's Quest for Whale Sharks, Basking Sharks, and Manta Rays by Mary M. Cerullo
  5. Dolphin Adventure: A True Story by Wayne Grover  
  6. Dangerous Teeth!: Moray Eel Attack by James Buckley, Jr. 
  7. Shackles from the Deep: Tracing the Path of Sunken Slave Ship, A Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy by Michael H. Cottman
  8. The Sinking of the Vasa: A Shipwreck of Titanic Proportions by Russell Freedman 
  9. Courage Under Fire: True Stories of Bravery from the US Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines by Steven Otfinoski 
  10. Way of the Warrior Kid: From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way by Jocko Willink 
  11. The Monster Missions by Laura Martin 
  12. Sinbad: Sailing Into Peril by Marie P. Croall 
  13. The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor by John Yeoman
  14. Summer Lifeguards by Elizabeth Doyle Carey (series) 
  15. Scooby-Doo! and the Deep Sea Diver by James Gelsey 
  16. The Secret of the Magic Pearl by Elisa Sabatinelli 
  17. The Wanderer by Sharon Creech 
  18. Caught by the Sea by Gary Paulsen 
  19. The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman 
  20. American Girl: Girl of the Year: Joss by Erin Falligant (series)
  21. The Line Tender by Kate Allen 
  22. Who Was Jacques Cousteau? by Nico Medina 
  23. Gidget the Surfing Dog by Elizabeth Rusch 
  24. Malibu Carmie by Leah Komaiko 
  25. Surfside Girls by Kim Dwinell 
  26. Science of Surfing by Kim Dwinell
  27. Samira Surfs by Rukhsanna Guidroz 

Pirates & Sunken Treasure

  1. Pirates Past Noon by Mary Pope Osborne
  2. Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar 
  3. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  4. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
  5. Peter Pan: cinestory comic
  6. Finding Serendipity by Angela Banks
  7. The Pirate Pig by Cornelia Funke
  8. The Captive Kingdom by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  9. Lintang & the Pirate Queen by Tamara Moss
  10. Brotherband: The Invaders by John Flanagan
  11. Time Villans by Victor Piñeiro
  12. Nancy Drew & the Clue Crew: Treasure Trouble by Carolyn Keene
  13. Hardy Boys: Bayport Buccaneers by Franklin Dixon
  14. The Search for Sunken Treasure by Geronimo Stilton
  15. Curse of the Pirate Mist by Doug Wilhelm
  16. The Secret of Pirates' Hill by Franklin Dixon
  17. The Big Book of Pirates by Alissa Heyman
  18. Compass South by Hope Larson
  19. Pirates by E. T. Fox
  20. Pirates!: the true and remarkable adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, female pirates by Celia Rees
  21. Pirates by Jeff De la Rosa
  22. The Book of Pirates: a guide to plundering, pillaging, and other pursuits by Jamaica Rose
  23. Pirates of the Caribbean: dead men tell no tales by Elizabeth Rudnick
  24. Pirates and Privateers of the High Seas by Laura Lee Wren
  25. Pirateology: the sea journal of Captain William Lubber by Dugald Steer
  26. The Very Nearly Honorable Leauge of Pirates series by Caroline Carlson 
  27. Isle of Swords by Wayne Thomas Batson
  28. Nick of Time by Ted Bell
  29. Terror of the Spanish Main: Sir Henry Morgan and His Buccaneers by Albert Marrin
  30. Stormchaser by Paul Stewart
  31. The Lost Island of Tamarind by Nadia Aguiar
  32. The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt  
  33. Remarkable by Lizzie Foley
  34. The Wreckers by Iain Lawrence
  35. Smells Like Pirates by Suzanne Selfors    


Sea Monsters & Mythical Sea Creatures

  1. Sea Monsters by Mary Osborne Pope 
  2. Sirens and Sea Monsters by Mary Osborne Pope 
  3. Sea Monsters by Gary Jeffrey 
  4. Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan 
  5. The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel by Robert Venditti 
  6. Real-Life Sea Monsters by Judith Jango-Cohen 
  7. Pip Bartlett's Guide to Sea Monsters by Jackson Pearce
  8. Water Monsters by Kathryn Hinds
  9. The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith
  10. The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer by Jimmy Carter
  11. Monsters Don't Scuba Dive by Debbie Dadey  
  12. Sea Serpents Don't Juggle Water Balloons by Debbie Dadey
  13. Monsters and Water Beasts: Creature of Fact or Fiction? by Karen Miller
  14. The Monster Missions by Laura Martin 
  15. The Madre de Aguas of Cuba by Adam Gidwitz 
  16. Dido Dodo Future Spy: Robo-Dodo Rumble by Tom Angleberger
  17. The Kingdon of Wrenly: Sea Monster! by Jordan Quinn
  18. The Kingdom of Wrenly: The Secret World of Mermaids by Jordan Quinn 
  19. The Unsinkable Walker Bean by Aaron Renier 
  20. A Mischief of Mermaids by Suzanne Harper 
  21. Mermaid Tales: Trouble at Trident Academy by Debbie Dadey 
  22. Mermaids Don't Run Track by Debbie Dadey 
  23. Boxcar Children: Mermaids of the Deep Blue Sea by Dee Garretson 
  24. Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau (first in series)
  25. The Very Short, Entirely True History of Mermaids by Sarah Laskow 
  26. Lilly and Fin: A Mermaid's Tale by Cornelia Funke 
  27. Fire and Ice: A Mermaid's Journey by Julie Gilbert (first in series)
  28. Sea Sirens by Amy Chu and Janet K. Lee 
  29. Aquicorn Cove by Katie O'Neill
  30. Tidesong by Wendy Xu 
  31. The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler 
  32. To Catch a Mermaid by Suzanne Selfors
  33. Here There Be Monsters: The Legendary Kraken and the Giant Squid by H.P. Newquist  
  34. The Stolen Kraken by Kate Tremaine 
  35. Beauty and the Dreaded Sea Beast by Louise Simonson 
  36. Moby Dick, or, The Whale by Herman Melville 
  37. Dark Day in the Deep Sea by Mary Osborne Pope 

Ocean Environment & Climate

  1. Planet Ocean: Why We All Need a Healthy Ocean by Patricia Newman
  2. Surviving the Sea by Louise Spilsbury 
  3. Ghosts of the Pacific by Philip Roy
  4. The Ocean Book: Explore the Hidden Depths of Our Blue Planet by Derek Harvey 
  5. A Whale of A Time by Bindi Irwin 
  6. Oil-Soaked Wings by Emma Carlson Berne 
  7. A Dolphin Named Star by Emma Carlson Berne 
  8. Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean by Maris Wicks
  9. The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke
  10. Kids vs Plastic: How You Can Be a Waste Warrior by Julie Beer
  11. Consider the Octopus by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  12. What a Waste by Jess French 
  13. Oceans by Dan Green
  14. Dolphins and Sharks by Mary Osborne Pope
  15. Dark Day in the Deep Sea by Mary Osborne Pope   
  16. Captain Aquatica's Awesome Ocean by Jess Cramp 
  17. Discover the Oceans:The World's Largest Ecosystem by Lauri Berkenkamp
  18. Stella Diaz Never Gives Up by by Angela Dominguez
  19. Orca Rescue! The True Story of an Orphaned Orca Named Springer by Donna Sandstrom
  20. The Sea Book by Charlotte Milner 
  21. Water Cycles: The Source of Life from Start to Finish by DK
  22. Earth's Incredible Oceans by Jess French
  23. Where is the Great Barrier Reef? by Nico Medina 
  24. American Girl Today: Kailey by Amy Goldman Koss

Beaches & Islands

  1. Mr. Sunny is Funny! by Dan Gutman 
  2. Summer Lifeguards series by Elizabeth Doyle Carey
  3. Surviving the Sea by Louise Spilsbury
  4. The Sands of Shark Island by Alexander McCall Smith
  5. Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls by Liz Kessler
  6. Island's End by Padma Venkatraman
  7. The Galapagos Islands by James Barter
  8. Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst
  9. Australia and the Pacific Islands by Stephen Currie
  10. Explorer: The Lost Islands by Kazu Kibuishi
  11. Grimmiss Island by Art Baltazar
  12. The Little Island by Golden MacDonald
  13. Nim's Island by Wendy Orr
  14. Sand Dollar Summer by Kimberly Jones
  15. When Life Gives You Mangos by Kereen Getten
  16. The Humming Room by Ellen Potter
  17. Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska's WWII Invasion by Samantha Seiple
  18. Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
  19. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
  20. Island series by Gordon Korman
  21. Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
  22. Liz and the Sand Castle Contest by Callie Barkley
  23. Nate the Great and the Boring Beach Bag by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
  24. Black Sand Beach by Richard Fairgray 
  25. Lexie by Audrey Couloumbis
  26. Stella Diaz Never Gives Up by Angela Dominguez
  27. Dog Beach Unleashed by Lisa Greenwald 
  28. The Great Penguin Rescue: Saving the African Penguins by Sandra Markle 

Ocean Vessels & Navigation

  1. Tools of navigation: a kid’s guide to the history & science of finding your way by Rachel Dickinson
  2. Surviving the Sea by Louise Spilsbury
  3. How to be a world explorer: your all-terrain training manual by Joel Levy
  4. Vikings by Kathryn Hinds
  5. Vikings by Mary Osborne Pope
  6. Viking Ships at Sunrise by Mary Osborne Pope 
  7. Who Was Leif Erikson? By Nico Medina
  8. Leif Eriksson and the Vikings by Charnan Simon
  9. Lords of the Sea: the Vikings Explore the North Atlantic by Allison Lassieur
  10. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
  11. Old Ironsides: Americans build a fighting ship by David Weitzman
  12. Icebreaker by Lian Tanner 
  13. Nim at Sea by Wendy Orr 
  14. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 
  15. Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls by Liz Kessler 
  16. The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket
  17. Dolphins at Daybreak by Mary Osborne Pope 
  18. The Mystery Cruise by Gertrude Chandler Warner 
  19. The Secret Explorers and the Lost Whales by SJ King 
  20. The Monster Missions by Laura Martin 
  21. Into the Unkown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air by Stewart Ross
  22. Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson 
  23. Where is the Bermuda Triangle? by Megan Stine 
  24. Stowaway by Karen Hesse
  25. Stowaway!: Adventures at Sea by Tracey West 
  26. Who Was Jacques Cousteau? by Nico Medina