My Ocean is Blue by Darren Lebeuf
A girl with a disability explores every facet of the ocean during a day at the beach. A girl spends an entire day exploring the seaside with her mom. A keen observer, she sees the ocean as both “big” and “small” and both “sparkly” and “dull. It’s also “dotted and spiraled and wavy and straight.” Her ocean is full of sounds — it “splashes and crashes” and “laughs and hums.” But, at times, it’s silent. She is inspired to examine and celebrate every part of her ocean and doesn’t let anything hold her back. A delightful nature companion sure to awaken the explorer in every child.
Smug Seagull by Maddie Frost
A smug seagull that loves swiping beach-goers’ snacks gets a taste of his own medicine from a patient crab.
Friends written and illustrated by Geraldo Valério
When a girl and a frog go to the beach to fish, they are frustrated to find that the fish aren’t biting. Instead, they stare into the water and make faces at their reflections. Then, something spectacular happens. The reflections take on lives of their own, transforming into a mermaid with her own pet frog. Surprise gives way to delight as they invite the girl and the frog to enter a stunning underwater world. The new friends swim and play amongst colorful sea creatures until they discover a pair of glowing pearls and turn them into matching necklaces.
Hum and Swish written and illustrated by Matt Myers
Jamie wants to quietly work on an art project near her friend, the sea, but people keep disturbing her by asking questions.
Poppleton and Friends by Cynthia Rylant
Poppleton the pig goes to the beach, solves a dry skin mystery, and learns that friends are the secret to a long life.
Sandy feet! Whose feet? Footprints at the Shore by Susan Wood
When a family spends a day at the beach, the children investigate various footprints to see what type of creatures live along the shoreline. Rhyming text turns a sandy beach into an outdoor classroom. The tracks and habits of local wildlife, including hopping sandpipers, scuttling crabs, and burrowing turtles, are identified and explained for young ecology detectives. Even Daddy’s feet make an appearance! And at day’s end, it’s time for tired feet to make their way home. STEM-based back matter includes information on how clues like footprints can identify the type of wildlife inhabiting any given habitat.
This Beach is Loud! Written and illustrated by Samantha Cotterill
A sensitive boy gets overwhelmed by all the sights, sounds, and sensations at the beach, but his dad has a trick to help his son face these unexpected obstacles.
A Lullaby of Summer Things by Natalie Reif Ziarnik
Sights and sounds of a summer twilight mingle with recollections of a lovely day at the beach as a household settles in for the night.
Day at the Beach written and illustrated by Tom Booth
When Gideon decides that he is going to build the most spectacular sandcastle anyone has ever seen without the help of his little sister Audrey, his day at the beach becomes a lesson in sibling bonding.
At the Beach by Shira Evans
Take a stroll along the beach. What do you see? Young readers will learn all about the beach and the animals that call it home in this fun pre-reader. Through text features such as the vocabulary tree and the wrap-up activity, kids will be introduced to new words and concepts — helping them expand their understanding of the world.
Toddler-Safe Play Sand: https://fun-a-day.com/toddler-safe-play-sand/
Icy ocean sensory bin: https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/icy-ocean-sensory-play-ice-melt/
Fun At the Beach Sand Slime: https://www.steamsational.com/beach-sand-slime-recipe/
Beach erosion experiment: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bring-science-home-beach-erosion/