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6 Best Children’s Books about the Seaside

From beautiful picture books about exploring the seaside and caring for our coastlines, to delightful summer board books about sea creatures and pirates, these are perfect for little ones.

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National Trust: Look What I Found at the Seaside

Written by Moira Butterfield Illustrated by Jesús Verona
2-5

Discover a world of wonder on a seaside stroll, with this beautiful picture book from the National Trust.

Set off on an adventure to find treasure, from swirly sea shells to mysterious mermaid’s purses, then learn more about each object with richly-illustrated and informative nature notes.

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National Trust: The Wide, Wide Sea

Written by Anna Wilson Illustrated by Jenny Løvlie
2-5

An inspiring picture book about protecting nature from plastic pollution - perfect for sharing with children from 3+ who love the seaside.

When a young child forges a special connection with a seal at the seaside, their imagination takes them on an unforgettable journey. But one day a violent storm blows in, covering the beach in litter... Whose fault is it? And who can fix it?

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Octopus Shocktopus!

Written by Peter Bently Illustrated by Steven Lenton
2-5

A brilliantly bonkers story about an octopus who lives on the roof, with a heartwarming story about welcoming newcomers and zingy artwork.

When a giant octopus arrives, the children LOVE their new friend; it makes the perfect slide and is fantastic at football. But some of the grown-ups aren't so pleased. Will they drive it away... or will they realise just how helpful an octopus can be?

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Where’s Mr Pirate?

Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
0-2

Durable felt flaps, cute characters and a surprise mirror ending – a winning combination for babies and toddlers!

Can you find Mrs Parrot, Mr Monkey, Mrs Shark and finally Mr Pirate himself? Lift the flaps to discover these hiding character, then lift the flap to uncover the hidden mirror.

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I’m Thinking of a Sea Creature

Written by Adam Guillain & Charlotte Guillain Illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti
2-5

Can you guess what sea creatures are hiding in this book? What do they look like? And what noises do they make? Guess from the clues then pull to the slider to reveal the answer!

With vibrant energetic artwork and a friendly rhyming text, these books are perfect for animal fans.

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Peekaboo Sun

Written by Camilla Reid Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
0-2

Connecting with faces and playing peekaboo is one of the first games that babies play – and that's why the very young will love this beach-themed book!

With 10 peekaboo sliders to push, pull or turn, and beautiful summery artwork throughout, this is a great addition to any toddlers bookshelf.

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