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Lighthouse Books for Children

Updated on July 7, 2014

Sharing my Hobby with my Granddaughter

Lighthouses fascinate young and old alike. On a recent visit to my house my 4 year old granddaughter, Kate, became fascinated by my lighthouse collections. She loved looking at my miniature lighthouses and finding matching photos that I had taken while visiting those lighthouses.

I am a real lighthouse enthusiast who enjoys visiting and photographing lighthouses, so when my granddaughter showed an interest in my lighthouses I was delighted. We spent some time on both of her visits talking about the lighthouses decorations that I have in my house.

My granddaughters live out of town, but now when we talk on Facetime and Kate sees me, she says "you like lighthouses Grandma". It is great to be able to share this hobby with Kate and I look forward to someday bringing her to see a real lighthouse.

I wanted to send her something to help foster her interest. I searched online for toys and books about lighthouses and I found a few that I thought would interest her and her sister.

On this page I will share with you some of the items that I have found.

photo of Hilton Head lighthouse by mbgphoto

Granddaughters Reading Lighthouse Cat

Kate and Emmy reading Lighthouse Cat
Kate and Emmy reading Lighthouse Cat

I thought I would foster the interest in lighthouses by sending my granddaughters a book about lighthouses. They also enjoy cats, so I thought a book about a lighthouse cat would be perfect. Both Kate and her sister Emily love to look at books.

When they received the book in the mail, they called me and Kate talked about a pelican being in the book too! Here is a picture of the girls looking at their book.

photo by Larisa Granger

Books for Children

Good Reading for 4-8 Year Olds

This book is a cheerful children's book that talks about a lighthouse keeper who lives in a lighthouse with his cat named Mackerel. The keeper and his cat climb the lighthouse stairs together to keep the lights lit to help the boats and then they climb down the stairs to eat.

The book then tells of an approaching storm and how the lights help a fishing boat in distress.

This is great book to introduce children to the functions of a lighthouse through the story of the keeper and his cat.

The Lighthouse Cat
The Lighthouse Cat

A fun book for children in the 4-8 year old age group.


The Little Red Lighthouse - classic children's book

This book was written in 1942 and has been a favorite of children through the years. The "little red lighthouse" takes on a real personality that delights children. The little lighthouse feels insignificant in the shadows of the " big gray bridge" until it sees the big job that it has in guiding ships through the fog.

I am planning to get this book for my granddaughters next time I see them. It will be fun reading it with them and sharing with them the duties of the "Little Red Lighthouse".

A Visit to the Lighthouse

This video gives children a tour of the real Little Red Lighthouse. It would be great to show this video to the children after they read the book. I think it will help them to see that it is a real lighthouse and to see the size of the lighthouse next to the bridge.

See children visiting the Little Red Lighthouse.

Children Love to Color

Coloring books are always a favorite with children. This book will show them many different lighthouses in North America. They will see that there are many different looks to the lighthouses that guard the shores.

Box Car Children - lighthouse mystery for older children

This mystery is for older children and is appropriate for grade 2-5. I read this book with my oldest granddaughter, Rachel, when she was visiting me this summer. She really enjoys the Box Car Children books.

In this book the Alden children move into a lighthouse with their grandfather. They have a mystery to solve when their dog barks at midnight each night and they try to figure out who is coming to one of the out buildings on the lighthouse grounds.

The Lighthouse Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries)
The Lighthouse Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries)

A fun mystery in a lighthouse for children ages 7 to 12.


Lighthouse Toys

Building Sets to Enhance the Imagination

A child's imagination is a wonderful thing. These lighthouse building sets will give them hours of playing time using their small motor skills and then hours more of imagination time as they explore the wonder of lighthouses.

LEGO Creator Bagged Set #30023 Lighthouse
LEGO Creator Bagged Set #30023 Lighthouse

This little lighthouse is only 25 pieces and suggested for children age 3 and up.

Ravensburger Lighthouse 216 Piece 3D Building Set
Ravensburger Lighthouse 216 Piece 3D Building Set

This beautiful 3D puzzle would make a great room decoration when finished. It is suggested for children aged 10-15

LEGO Creator Lighthouse Island 5770
LEGO Creator Lighthouse Island 5770

This Lego set is suggested for ages 8-12.


I have four granddaughters and I love sharing my interests with them. I have been teaching the older granddaughters about photography and they are really interested. Sharing my interest in lighthouses with the two younger ones is fun for me and I hope for them too!

Do you have a favorite hobby you share with a child? - stop by and leave a message

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    • CherylsArt profile image

      Cheryl Paton 

      4 years ago from West Virginia

      These look like some fun reads for kids. I pinned it and shared it on my LiteracyIdeas FB page. From the Literacy Ideas Contributor.

    • mbgphoto profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Beth Granger 

      4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @Ruthi: Thanks Ruthi, and thanks too for the feature on your FB page.

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      4 years ago

      I love that photo of the faces of your granddaughters all lit up with the wonder of The Lighthouse Cat book you gave them! What a fabulous thing you are doing forming a lasting bond with them, from afar too!

    • mbgphoto profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Beth Granger 

      5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @darciefrench lm: Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for lighthouses.

    • mbgphoto profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Beth Granger 

      5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @Nancy Hardin: Thanks Nancy for stopping by, I appreciate your comments.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This is a wonderful thing to share with your grandchildren, because there are so many avenues of interest; lighthouses, travel, photography, reading, etc. all rolled into the one hobby. Terrific lens!

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      darciefrench lm 

      5 years ago

      I've always been enchanted with lighthouses - would have loved these books and toys as a kid :)


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