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Kids Beach Books and Posters

Updated on September 16, 2014

Bring the Beach to Them with Posters and Books about the Seashore

Kids love the seashore, and they love children's books about the beach and posters, too.

You can't always answer YES to the question, "Can we go to the beach?" But you can do the next best thing: Bring the it to them with books and pictures!

Encourage the kids to read by providing reading material they'll love - kids' books about the surf, sand, and sea creatures. And fuel their imagination with a lovely seaside picture or print on the wall of their room.

Share with them the cute dancing seashells video you find here, as well as the information about sandcastles, lifeguard flags, pink sand beaches, and crystal clear springs.

It may not be the same thing as an actually sticking their toes in the ocean, but until you can go there for real, you can color their world beach with some of the posters and reading material you'll find right here on this page.

Different Kinds of Beaches

There are many different kinds of beaches. Everyone seems to have a favorite. What's yours?

Do you prefer to enjoy the sun, sand, and water by the sea, a lake, a river or ocean, or somewhere else?

Which kind of beach do you prefer?

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For Toddlers and PreSchoolers

Books about The Beach - for Toddlers

Books about the beach for the very young. Read these to your baby or toddler. Remember- the more a very young child is read to, the more eager they will be to learn to read on their own.

Good Night Beach (Good Night Our World)
Good Night Beach (Good Night Our World)

This board book for babies and toddlers is a top choice of both kids and their parents


Fun Seashell Patterns - A Beach Video of Dancing Seashells

You'll really enjoy this one!

Watch it with your favorite kid of any age... you'll both enjoy seeing this 1985 stop-motion film animation of all kinds of sea shells forming designs. It's a classic - and very cool!

(Originally produced for Sesame Street, according to the YouTube notes.)

Swim, Boots, Swim! (Dora the Explorer) (Pictureback(R))
Swim, Boots, Swim! (Dora the Explorer) (Pictureback(R))

Everybody loves Dora and her buddy, Boots.

At the Beach
At the Beach

A vocabulatry building book, full of beach fun, with pictures as bright and sparkling as the sea


For Early Readers

Easy Readers - About Sunny Days Near the Water

They'll love learning about things near the ocean, and reading these seaside stories.

Clam-I-Am!: All About the Beach (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)
Clam-I-Am!: All About the Beach (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)

Rated for Kindergarten and above

Educational, but still entertaining.

Seashells by the Seashore
Seashells by the Seashore

For grades k - 3

Counting, rhyming, and identifying seashells

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Hours of Fun Building Them

One of the all time favorite shore activities is building sandcastles, and it's so easy anyone can do it!

Sandcastles can be as simple or as fancy as you wish to make them.

What do you need to make a sandcastle on the beach?

1. - water

2. - sand

That's all! And, you'll find plenty or each at the beach!

The mond and dribble methods (either alone or together) require nothing more than your hands and some wet sand!

Though not absolutely necessary, a plastic shovel and sand a pail, or several pails of different sizes will also come in very handy. And very advanced sandcastle builders do use specialized tools. Here's an example of a relatively fancy sandcastle:

Daisy Dawson at the Beach
Daisy Dawson at the Beach

Age 5 - 9Daisy discovers that a dolphin is grapped in submerged fishing nets, and is in real trouble. Can she save it?

Super Sand Castle Saturday (Great Source Mathstart)
Super Sand Castle Saturday (Great Source Mathstart)

for ages 6 to 10The story of a sandcastle building contest between friends, with a surprise ending.


For Older Children

Reading for 8 to 12 Year Old Children - Engaging Beach Books for Kids

Salt Water Taffy Vol. 1: The Legend of Old Salty
Salt Water Taffy Vol. 1: The Legend of Old Salty

Jack and Benny dicsover mystery and adventure in a place where they expected to find nothing but boredom.


Pink Sand Beach

cc by Wowzamboangacity, via Wkikmedia Commons
cc by Wowzamboangacity, via Wkikmedia Commons | Source

There are Just a Few Beaches in the World that Have Pink Sand

Did you know that some beaches actually have PINK sand? Well, they do!

What makes the sand pink?

There is a teeny-tiny sea animal called Foraminifera that has a bright pink or red shell. There are billions of them in the sea. A handful of places are located just right for lots of these little foraminifera shells to wash ashore, turning the sand pink.

Where in the world can you find this pink sand?

Places you can see pink sand include Harbour Island, Bermuda, the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas, Great Santa Cruz Island and Sila Island in the Philipines.

The Happy Hollisters at Sea Gull Beach (Volume 3)
The Happy Hollisters at Sea Gull Beach (Volume 3)

From the well loved Happy Hollosters series, which you just might remember from your own youth. These books are now being enjoyed by yet another generation of readers.

Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars: Take-Along Guide (Take Along Guides)
Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars: Take-Along Guide (Take Along Guides)

Kids can use this book to learn more about the wonders they have discovered at the shore ... or those they've yet to discover

Lifeguard stations display different colored flags that mean different things
Lifeguard stations display different colored flags that mean different things | Source

Hooray for Lifeguards

Lifeguard flags tell you when it's safe to swim!

Whether you can just swim a little, or are advanced enough to compete in swim competitions, it's a good idea to swim only at a beach where there are lifeguards. Lifeguards are expert swimmers, and are specially trained to help people in the water. It's their job to rescue people who are having trouble in the water.

When you get to the beach, look for the lifeguard, and see what color flag is flying from their chair or stand. There is usually also a sign telling what the different colors of flags mean. The meanings of the colors may be a little different depending what area of the country you are in. But some commonly used flags colors and their meaning are:

RED and YELLOW: beach open; lifeguard on duty

GREEN: it's safe to go in the water

BLUE or PURPLE: Something dangerous in the water (like jellyfish or sharks)

YELLOW: Swim only with caution. Wear a life vest if you are't an expert swimmer

RED: NOT safe to swim

Some areas have other flags, as well. One is the yellow flag with a black circle in the middle, which (in some places) means "no surfing allowed."

Always check when you arrive, to see what flag is flying and be sure to know what the different colors mean.

Wall Art

Beach Posters

for Boys or Girls

Here are a several pieces of wall art that might be enjoyed by anyone who has a love of the beach. You can order any of them on line. Two are from Amazon, and two are from Zazzle, where the author is a contribiutor and an affiliate, as well as an occasional customer.

Sandcastle Pring

(available at Zazzle)
(available at Zazzle) | Source

Rainbow Springs

Swimming area at Rainbow Springs State Park in Florida
Swimming area at Rainbow Springs State Park in Florida | Source

Swim in Crystal Clear Spring Water

If you don't live near the seashore, you may find a spring near you.

While there may or may not be a sandy beach, a natural spring is a wonderful place to enjoy some time in the water and sun.

The water tends to be the same temperature year round, as it continuously flows, fresh and clear, from an underground source. At Rainbow Springs, pictured above, it's always 72 degrees. (22.2 degrees Celsius)

Something you won't encounter in a spring are those crashing waves that you might experience at some seaside areas. You don't have to worry about dangerous rip currents dragging you out to sea!

One of My Favorite Beaches - On Canvas


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    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @MeInABook: Agree completely. Glad the kids enjoyed their time on the beach

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      5 years ago

      Great lens. We took our kids to the gulf coast for the first time ever this past spring. They were completely consumed with the beach and the water. A beach is a great destination that doesn't have to cost a lot once you get there. Can't wait to get back!

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      6 years ago

      Love these pictures... Nice to live by the seaside! :)

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      6 years ago

      Very nice lens! squidlike

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      6 years ago

      The beach is open and a great place to open a book or just enjoy going to the beach right in your book with the magic of reading. It is so important to encourage reading during the summer...for fun!

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @Mariajomith: Have a marvelous time!

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      6 years ago

      i just love the beach, and i only get there once a year. I will be there in just a week or two. i really enjoyed your lens

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      6 years ago

      I love the beach. Especially walking along it and watching the dolphins playing in the waves. I don't live far, but I wouldn't mind living as close as possible so I could hear the wind crashing on the shore as I fall asleep.

    • happydesertgirl profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens! I love the beach and in fact just wrote a book on living at the beach.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      I love the beach, especially when the water is warm and I have a shaddy spot to relax in.

    • KateHonebrink profile image


      6 years ago

      The beach is the best, as is this article! Kudos on being featured on the Weekend at the Beach monsterboard!

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      6 years ago

      I'd love to visit the beach again... with my kids!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      6 years ago from Jersey Shore

      I love the beach and this lens is super! :>)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love the beach! Your beach books make it come to life.

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @Joan4: Thanks - I will have to check that one out!

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      6 years ago

      Delightful! Our grandchlldren love the beach! Our favorite beach book is The Pink House by Kate Salley Palmer.


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