Beach Book Week: Beach Science Books

Science at the beach? Of course! Check out our recommended books for STEM Friday.

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The seashore is an important and dynamic area. Perhaps that’s why we humans find beaches so fascinating. Even if you can’t take a trip to the beach on your own, you may explore the science of beaches through some great children’s books.

Jump Into Science: Sand by Ellen Prager

Of course the first thing you notice at the beach is sand. Follow Sandpiper Sleuth to find out what sand is and where it came from.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books; Reprint edition (April 25, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0792255836
ISBN-13: 978-0792255833

Ribbons of Sand: Exploring Atlantic Beaches (Children’s Books)
by Larry Points and Andrea Jauck

Learn more about the items you commonly find on Atlantic coastal beaches.

Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Sierra Press (April 1, 1997)
ISBN-10: 093936557X
ISBN-13: 978-0939365579

Beachcombing: Exploring the Seashore by Jim Arnosky

Jim Arnosky, an incredible naturalist, artist and award-winning children’s book author, takes the reader for a walk on the beach. Be prepared to discover more than just seashells!

Age Range: 7 – 10 years
Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (May 15, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0147511631
ISBN-13: 978-0147511638

Seashore (One Small Square) by Donald Silver and Patricia Wynne

Part of the excellent One Small Square series of books, this title explores the biology and ecology of the seashore.

Age Range: 6 and up
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (March 22, 1997)
ISBN-10: 0070579288
ISBN-13: 978-0070579286

Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirds: The Story of a Food Web by Victoria Crenson

Horseshoe crabs come to shore to lay their eggs around Delaware Bay. At the same time, migratory birds arrive to feed on the eggs to sustain their trips to the far North. Explore this fascinating and increasingly threatened food web.

Age Range: 7 and up
Publisher: Two Lions; Reprint edition (March 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0761455523
ISBN-13: 978-0761455523

Red Knot: A Shorebird’s Incredible Journey by Nancy Carol Willis

Although the bird in this nonfiction book migrates long distances and isn’t always at the beach, one important stop on the way is Delaware Bay to feed on horseshoe crab eggs.

Age Range: 7 – 9 years
Publisher: Birdsong Books (May 1, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0966276159
ISBN-13: 978-0966276152

Want even more? See our growing list of ocean and beach science-themed children’s books at Science Books for Kids.

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