Lizzie Hall's recommended seaside books including Lucy & Tom At the Seaside, Harry by the Sea, Splash! Anna Hibiscus and What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside
Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall writes about the magic of storytelling...
Dear Reader. Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside and the holidays are on the horizon. There's a huge variety of picture books about going to the seaside and here are some of my favourites:
Lucy & Tom At the Seaside by Shirley Hughes
From the creator of Dogger, Shirley Hughes, this timeless book of seaside fun has every element of a wonderful day at the seaside.
From paddling to picnics, from sandcastles to beach games... this is the perfect book for summer celebrations.
At the Beach by Roland Harvey
It's summer and time to head to Crabby Spit for a camping holiday. 'Don't forget to write!' says Grandma. And, sure enough, the postcards come thick and fast, detailing all the timeless pleasures of playing on the beach, paddling and surfing, finding treasures, dancing to the glow of a bonfire.
But look out for the mischievous family dog that makes it his business to collect all the belongings of an absent-minded artist. Full of Roland Harvey's beautifully observed characters, this is a humorous and hugely enjoyable picture book.
Off to the Beach! by Child’s Play
Come with us to the beach! Which way shall we go? What shall we do? What will we find? Have fun using your senses in this exciting and interactive visit to the beach. A journey of discovery designed with every child in mind.
National Trust: Look and Say What You See at the Seaside by Sebastien Braun
A look-and-say seaside book for inquisitive little ones from the National Trust.
From seashells and sandcastles on the shore to starfish and seahorses underwater, this book is a great way to start learning about nature around the town. With a 'Can you see?' strip across every spread and objects to name, this book is designed to stimulate speech and build vocabulary. The spot-and-find aspect is perfect for the youngest of readers to become absorbed in the nature details.
What can you see in the rock pool? Can you find seagull chicks nesting on the clifftop? There's so much to recognise in each landscape in this beautiful interactive book for the very young.
National Trust: Look What I Found at the Seaside by Moira Butterworth
Chasing waves and having fun, water sparkling in the sun... Look what I found! A curly seashell. Inside it shines bright, like a pearl.
Set off on an adventure to find treasure, from swirly sea shells to mysterious mermaid's purses, then learn more about each object with richly-illustrated and informative nature notes. Packed full of fascinating facts alongside a gentle rhyming narrative and encouraging children to get outside and explore their surroundings, this is a nature treasure hunt series for the whole family to enjoy.
Harry by the Sea by Gene Zion
Harry and the family have gone to the beach, but it's too sunny and he's one hot dog. There's nowhere else for him to get some shade than under a pile of seaweed. The only problem is that now everyone thinks he's a sea monster and he can't find his family.
Splash! Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke
Anna has left her mango tree... and she’s at the beach! Phew, it is hot. But what better way to cool off than by playing in the jumpy, splashy waves?
“Come and splash in the waves with me!” shouts Anna Hibiscus. But everyone, including Grandmother and Grandfather, Chocolate, Benz, Wonderful, Joy, Clarity and Common Sense, is much too busy to wave-jump. So, it’s just Anna Hibiscus and the white waves.
“Oh! Oh! Oh!” Anna shouts happily, and soon her happy cheers bring everyone to the water. “Yippeee!” they all shout, jumping in the waves. “Why didn’t you call us?”
Miffy at the Seaside by Dick Bruna
Miffy is off to the seaside – she can't wait to play in the sand, collect some pretty shells and build a castle. She might even swim in the sea!
What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks
The clever little ladybird is off on a trip to the seaside, but those two bad men, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len, are up to their wicked ways again. This time they're planning to steal the mermaid's hair and sell it to a famous star. Luckily, the crime-busting ladybird has a clever plan to stop the thieves...