UNDER THE SEA

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UNDER THE SEA KS2

Commotion in the Ocean 

by Giles Andreae

Dive into the ocean for a noisy, rhyming adventure! Little ones will love looking at the colourful pictures and joining in with the rhymes, as they discover lots of amazing sea creatures. Including blue whales, sea turtles, jellyfish, dolphins and more!

The Snail and the Whale

by Julia Donaldson

One little snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together they go on an amazing journey and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it's the snail who saves the day!

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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. 

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Barry the Fish with Fingers 

by Sue Hendra

Fish come from all over the ocean to see Puffy the Puffer Fish's amazing bubbles. They've never seen anything quite so amazing, that is until Barry arrives on the scene. Barry is a fish with fingers and he's going to put them to good use. The fish are amazed! . . .

Billy's Bucket

by Kes Gray

Billy wants only one thing for his birthday - a bucket. Inside it, he can see all kinds of magnificent sea creatures. But Mum and Dad are sceptical and, when Dad unwittingly uses the bucket to clean his car, he's in for a big surprise!

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The Singing Mermaid 

by Julia Donaldson

Tempted by the promise of fame and fortune, the Singing Mermaid joins a circus. The crowds love her, but the poor mermaid is kept in a tank by the wicked circus owner Sam Sly, and she soon longs to return to the freedom of her ocean home.

The Sea Book

by Charlotte Milner

Touching on mammals, fish, invertebrates, and reptiles, The Sea Book explores a wealth of marine animals and their habitats - from up on the ice, down to colourful coral reefs, and right down to the darkest depths where the weird and wonderful lurk.

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Sharing a Shell 

by Julia Donaldson

When Crab finds a new shell, he doesn’t want to share it with anyone – especially not a blobby purple anemone and a tickly bristleworm. But life in the rock pool proves tougher than Crab thinks and he soon finds he needs his new housemates.

A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea by Jessica Law

Discover fascinating sea creatures in the hole in the bottom of the sea! Based on the traditional song, each verse introduces a new creature and its place in the food chain, with the shark chasing the eel, who chases the squid, who chases the snail. 

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First Big Book of the Ocean 

by Catherine D. Hughes

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.

Bright Stanley by Matt Buckingham

Far below the waves a little fish called Stanley lived with the rest of his shoal. They were the brightest, sparkliest fish in the whole of the deep, dark sea. One morning Stanley woke up rather late. “Coo-ee! It's me-ee!” he called to his friends as usual. But the reef was strangely quiet!