Topic Books about Under the Sea for Children EYFS & KS1

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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.


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. 


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!


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.


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!

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Sally and the Limpet 

by Simon James

A heartwarming story about a little girl who learns an important environmental lesson. When Sally pulls a limpet off a rock it sticks to her finger – and nothing she does will unstick it. Sally's teacher says that limpets live on the same rock for twenty years. Will Sally ever get the limpet off?

Oceans: Fascinating Facts

by Collins

Fascinating Facts: Oceans helps introduce children to life in the deep sea, ocean travel and the power of waves. From coral reefs to oceanic tides, you’ll learn all about the secrets of the ocean and the world’s greatest underwater discoveries


Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies

The last word you want to hear when you're swimming is "Shark!" But most sharks are not what you'd expect. Some are no bigger than a chocolate bar, some have built-in fairy lights and most wouldn't go near a human! So if you think all sharks are giant, man-eating killers, you're in for a big surprise...

Dougal's Deep Sea Diary

by Simon Bartram

The follow-up to Man on the Moon, featuring Bob's cousin Dougal, who shares the family trait of being unable to see what's going on behind his back. Count the hidden mermaids and mermen guiding Dougal on his search for the lost city of Atlants.

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The Storm Whale by Benji Davies

One day, Noi finds a baby whale washed up on the beach after a storm and decides to take care of it. However, much to his upset, Noi is persuaded by his father that the whale must go back to the sea where it belongs. For Noi, even though he can't keep it, the arrival of the whale changes his life for the better.

The Coral Kingdom

by Laura Knowles

From brightly coloured corals to shimmering shoals of fish, the diversity of life on a coral reef is celebrated in this visually stunning picture book with a strong ecological message about the need to protect this most precious of environments. 


Flotsam by David Wiesner

A boy goes to the beach equipped to collect anything that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there's no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share...

The Unexpected Visitor

by Jessica Courtney-Tickle

Every morning a fisherman takes his boat out to sea and waits. When the fisherman gets an unexpected visitor one day, they instantly become friends. But where are  all the fish? This book is the perfect way to introduce sharing, sustainability and taking care of the creatures in our oceans.


Tiddler by Julia Donaldson

The smallest fish can tell the tallest tales..."Sorry I'm late, Miss. I set off really early but on the way to school I was captured by a squid. I wriggled and struggled till a turtle came and rescued me." Tiddler is a little fish with a BIG imagination! What ever will he come up with next?

The Rainbow Fish

by Marcus Pfister

The Rainbow Fish, with his shimmering scales, is the most beautiful fish in the ocean. But he is proud and vain and none of the other fish want to be his friend - until he learns to give away some of his most prized possessions. 


One Tiny Turtle

by Nicola Davies

Follow a tiny turtle's life cycle with this fun, informative book which combines a story with information. Watch and wonder as one tiny sea turtle grows, before she heads back to the beach to become a mother herself. 

Manfish by Jennifer Berne

A beautiful 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. 


Somebody Swallowed Stanley by Sarah Robots

Everybody has a taste for Stanley, but he is no ordinary jellyfish. Most jellyfish have dangly-gangly tentacles, but Stanley has two handles. Other jellyfish have a magical glow, but Stanley has stripes. A powerful message about plastic pollution from environmental expert Sarah Roberts.


Alba the Hundred Year Old Fish by Lara Hawthorne

Alba has spent her entire life collecting precious objects that drift down to the ocean floor, from delicate shells to brightly coloured coral. But over the years, she notices her collection is changing. What are these bits of plastic and metal? As the coral reef fades, Alba decides to leave her home behind. Can an old fish teach the world how to bring colour back to the ocean?

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