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Topic Books about Oceans and Sea Life for Children in KS2

Shark Lady

by Jess Keating

This is the story of a woman who dared to dive, defy, discover, and inspire. This is the story of Shark Lady, Eugenie Clark. An inspiring story about finding the strength to discover truths that others aren't daring enough to see. Includes a timeline of Eugenie's life and many fin-tastic shark facts!

Song of the Dolphin Boy

by Elizabeth Laird

Finn has always been different, and in his tiny fishing village he stands out. He has always been told to keep away from the water, until one day he dives in and finds that, swimming with the dolphins, he feels completely at home. A moving adventure about the impact of plastic pollution and the power of friendship.


The Blue Whale 

by Minna Lacey

With beautiful illustrations and engaging text, this nonfiction picture book, The Blue Whale draws children into the life and world of this enormous whale by situating facts within a familiar context that is fun and engaging.


The Big Book of Blue 

by Yuval Zommer

Why do octopuses have eight arms? Why do crabs run sideways? Are jellyfish made of jelly?  

Zommer’s beautiful book, with quirky illustrations, provides the answers to these and many more fishy questions. 

Life in the Ocean:The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle 

by Claire A Nivola

With detailed pictures of the wonders of the sea, this book tells the story of Sylvia's growing passion and how her ocean exploration has made her known around the world. This picture book biography also includes an informative author's note to motivate young environmentalists.

100 Facts Shipwrecks

by Kes Gray

100 Facts Shipwrecks presents the dramatic reality of vessels damaged at sea. Discover the consequences of famous shipwrecks and what caused them. Accompanied by detailed photographs and beautiful artwork, this book is a perfect introduction to this fascinating topic.


Whales: An Illustrated Celebration by Kelsey Oseid

Explore the most interesting facts about whales, from the enormous blue whale (which has a heart the size of a car!) to the Amazon river dolphin (which is pink!). Gorgeously illustrated, this guide delves into their mysterious evolution, their place in mythology, and their ecology, habitats, and behaviours.

Smart About Sharks

by Owen Davey

Owen Davey returns to nonfiction to explain the mysteries of those denizens of the deep. Some deadly, some not-so-deadly, and almost all just generally misunderstood. Exciting and detailed illustrations fill the page and educate young readers about these thrilling residents of the sea! 


Creatures of the Deep

by Matthew Rake

Did you know that the deep-sea anglerfish has a glowing fishing rod attached to its body, or that the barreleye fish has a see-through head? See these wacky creatures and more in this brilliantly illustrated book that explores the strangest creatures under the sea. 

Whale Boy by Nicola Davies

Michael, a young boy growing up on the tropical island of Rose Town, has been saving up for his own fishing boat for years. But when a terrible storm wrecks his home, Michael is forced to take a job working for a rich, mysterious newcomer named Spargo. He asks Michael to search for one thing in the deep waters around Rose Town - whales . . .


Life on Earth: Ocean

by Heather Alexander 

How do fish breathe? Why is the ocean salty? Why is a whale not a fish? Find out the answers to these and many more questions in this brilliant interactive lift-the-flap fact book. This fascinating fact-filled book is the perfect introduction to life under the sea.

Ocean: A Children's Encyclopedia by DK

Explore the secrets of the seas through stunning images and beautiful photography to engage and educate. From the Arctic to the Caribbean, tiny plankton to giant whales, this detailed and beautiful encyclopedia lets your child discover the mysterious world beneath the waves.



by Jennifer Berne

A beautiful, fun and child-friendly story of the biography of Jacques Cousteau. As a child, Jacques fell in love with the sea. He dreamed of breathing beneath the waves and swimming as gracefully as a fish. He grew up to become a champion of the seas and one of the best-known oceanographers in the world. 

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs

by Kate Messner 

The ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the world's coral reefs are the living legacy of Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation. Follow the true story of the coral restoration pioneer in this brilliant tribute to the wonders of nature and the power of human hope.


Ocean: Secrets of the Deep

by Sabrina Weiss

Discover menacing sharks, playful dolphins, clownfish, penguins, turtles, whales, shimmering jellyfish, and gargantuan giant squid. Find out about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Jam-packed with 100s of stylish illustrations, infographics and surprising facts about the world's marine life.


The Sea

by Miranda Krestovnikoff

This stunning book will have you diving into the deepest depths of the blue, exploring the seas and oceans that cover our planet. An important message in the book is the effects of plastics on our planet and the ways in which scientists are making steps towards tackling this much-talked-about topic. 


World Without Fish 

by Mark Kurlansky

Can you imagine a world without fish? If we keep doing things the way we've been doing things, fish could become extinct within fifty years. World Without Fish is the illustrated narrative nonfiction account for children, exploring what is happening to the world's oceans and what they can do about it.


The Sandman and the Turtles

by Michael Morpurgo

Michael loves summer holidays in Wales, and Dadci’s stories about the Sandman, the old Russian sea captain and blood-red dragon in his lair. His cousin Polly believes every word of the magical tales and she’s determined to make it all come true. A charming summer read for children.


Secrets of the Sea

by Kate Baker 

Discover a mysterious world with this fantastic non-fiction text. With rich vocabulary and detailed, captivating illustrations, explore the hidden world of the deep ocean.


If Sharks Disappeared

by Lily Williams

Even though sharks can be scary, we need them to keep the oceans healthy. Unfortunately, due to overfishing, many shark species are in danger of extinction. What would happen if this continued and sharks disappeared completely? A great introduction to the food chain and some of the dangers facing our planet.

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