Sandy toes, the familiar scent of sunscreen, and all those cute snapshots of your kids building sand castles — life is simply good on the beach. But despite all the time your little ones spend gleefully tossing salty water into the air, or digging a moat in the sand, we parents know there are always moments when a book comes in handy.
Whether you need something to keep them busy when they’re stretched out on a towel after lunch, or you want to continue the fun on the car ride home, these reads will inspire a love for the sea. (And if you’re far from the nearest coast, they’ll still teach your little reader new words and phrases, like “hermit crab” or “coral reef.”)
One day, your child might have precious memories of visiting or dreaming of the ocean on hot summer days — and with these picks, those recollections will include reading. Because, yes, life is good on the beach. But with a great book, it’s even better.