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UNDER THE SEA KS1

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 Julia Donaldson

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.

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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.

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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.

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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! 

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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 . . .

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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.