Book List: Stories about the beach

A day at the beach brings so much adventure. I suppose that is why it creates a great plot for a children’s story. If you’re heading to the beach this summer make sure you read some of these warm and fun books.

Beach Babies Wear Shades

Author: Michelle Sinclair Colman


Format: Board book

Publisher: Tricycle Press, June 2007

Beach babies are slathered with sunscreen and headed for the beach. They’ll hang ten, boogie down, and keep it cool–all in their sweetly incomparable urban baby way.

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Maisy Goes on Holiday

Author: Lucy Cousins


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Walker Books, May 2010

Maisy enjoys packing her suitcase then meeting Cyril at a busy station where they catch a train to the seaside. They have fun at the beach then write postcards to their friends before returning home.

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Beach Party!

Author and Illustrator: Harriet Ziefert and Simms Taback

ISBN: 13 9781593540678

Publisher: Blue Apple Books/Chronicle Books, February, 2005

Beach Party! invites readers to join the parade of animals and imitate their sounds as they all head to the beach. This wonderful rhyming text will delight children of all ages. They will surely want to jump to their feet and move!

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One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book

Author: April Pulley Sayre


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Candlewick Press,  March 2010

Just follow the sign to the beach, where a bunch of fun-loving crabs, lounging dogs, gleeful insects, and bewildered-looking snails obligingly offer their feet for counting in a number of silly, surprising combinations – from one to one hundred!

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Curious George Goes to the Beach

Author: Margret Rey


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, October 1999

What fun George has at the beach! What fun he has feeding the seagulls! It’s fun, that is, until they fly away with something valuable and George must find a clever way to save the day.

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Australia at the Beach

Author: Max Fatchen


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Omnibus Books/Scholastic, January 1999

A delightful, rhyming story of a family’s day at the beach.

This book is available from the publisher.

Magic Beach

Author: Alison Lester


Format: Hardback

Publisher: Allen & Unwin, November 2010

Imagine a beach where you can swim, surf, splash through the waves, make sandcastles, hunt for treasures, explore rock-pools, fish from the jetty, and build a bonfire under the stars. Imagine a beach where adventure begins.

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Ladybug Girl at the Beach

Author and Illustrator: David Soman and Jacky Davis

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780803734166

Publisher: Dial Beach, Penguin Group USA , 25 October 2010

Lulu loves the beach. Well, she’s never been there before, but she knows she will love it. And then she sees the ocean and it is big and loud and rough. That’s okay—Lulu wanted to build sand castles and fly her kite with Bingo anyway. But while they are building their sand castle, the sneaky ocean comes in and tries to steal Lulu’s favorite pail. This is a job for Ladybug Girl!

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Rita and Whatsit at the Beach

Author and Illustrator: Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod and Olivier Tallec

Publisher: Chronicle Books, March, 2009

ISBN: 9780811865517

Rita and Whatsit are off to the beach! Rita is looking forward to flying her kite, building a sand castle, and sneaking up on Whatsit. Whatsit is looking forward to chasing crabs, eating sugary things, and lying in the sun. The day doesn’t go quite like that—it’s much more fun.

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Author: Suzy Lee


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Chronicle Books, March 2008

In this evocative wordless book, internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee tells the story of a little girl’s day at the beach. Stunning in their simplicity, Lee’s illustrations, in just two shades of watercolor, create a vibrant story full of joy and laughter.

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The Tram to Bondi Beach

Author: Libby Hathorn and Julie Vivas


Format: Paperback

Publisher: HarperCollins, September 1992

It was Kieran′s dream to be a paperboy and when he finally gets the chance finds it′s not as easy as he thought it would be but with his friend Saxon teaching him the ropes he eventually gets the opportunity to work at his favourite place…the beach, and the tram rides are the best part of the job to Kieran. When he grows up he won′t be a paper boy, he′ll be a tram driver rattling and flying down the hill to Bondi Beach.

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Greetings from Sandy Beach

Author: Bob Graham


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Lothian Books/Hachette, June 1992

Bob Graham tells the story of one family’s camping holiday at the beach – a beach they must share with a bus load of school kids and The Disciples of Death motorbike gang! Here is a joyous blend of characters and events to delight readers of all ages.

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On Our Way to the Beach

Author: Sofie Laguna


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Omnibus Books, Scholastic

Come along on a magical family holiday, where every day brings a new adventure.

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Book List: Stories about the beach


  1. I love this post, Jackie. Some real classics there. I’d also add ‘Grandpa and Thomas’ to the list. J x

  2. Love the list.. we read Wave and little one relate to it so much..
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