Tomorrow is the first official day of Spring, which has me dreaming of Spring Break! My family is heading down to Florida for Spring Break this year. My husband will be driving the kids down, and I will fly down to meet them in Florida. Thinking about the road trip ahead of them, and an evening in a hotel, I decided to come up with a list of  ocean books the kids might enjoy. Hopefully it will allow my husband a bit of peace and quiet on the way down! Even if you can’t make it to the beach this year, hopefully one of these books will transport you there.

Giant Squid by Candace Fleming was published in 2016. It has received multiple awards including the Cybils Award for Elementary Nonfiction and the Robert F. Sibert Informtaional Honor Book for 2017. Recommended for grades 1-4.

“The assembling of this creature from its parts to the whole, through both pictures and poetry, will captivate audiences young and old.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

FLUSH by Carl Hiaasen is a well-loved, realistic fiction novel. Like many of Hiaasen’s books, this one is a story of kids helping to protect the nature that surrounds them. Recommended for grades 6-12.

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Sea Change by Frank Viva is a middle grades graphic novel.

“One summer can change your whole life. As soon as school lets out, Eliot’s parents send him to the very edge of the world: a fishing village in a remote part of Nova Scotia. And what does the small town of Point Aconi have to offer? Maggots, bullies, and grumpy old men. But along the way, Eliot discovers much more – a hidden library, starry nights, and a mysterious girl named Mary Beth. Critically acclaimed author and artist Frank Viva (Along a Long Road) brings us this warm, funny, and innovatively designed coming-of-age story. See Point Aconi through Eliot’s eyes, as he finds that this place he never wanted to visit is becoming a home he doesn’t want to leave.”—From the publisher

Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford is an “adult” coloring book. My kids adore these coloring books, and this one goes right along with our ocean theme!

Flotsom by David Wiesner is one of my favorite  wordless picture books and winner of the 2007 Caldecott Medal. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam—anything floating 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 . . . and to keep.-From the publisher

Pink Is For Blobfish by Jess Keating is a nonfiction picture book that introduces kids to perfectly pink animals. Described as “Pinkalicious meets National Graphic, the book includes several marine animals including the titular blobfish. Recommended for grades K-4.