Sandy toes, salty skin, the endless life that lies beneath the surface... For this installment of Little Reads, we've gathered some of our favorite water-themed books for you + your little one to enjoy!

Being from Maine, we have fondness for the ocean. And lobster rolls. And boats. And sunsets. Okay, we have a fondness for a lot of things. But the ocean is close to the top of that list. We've rounded up some of our favorite aquatic tales — sure to excite your little one to dive in + read!

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau

Author: Jennifer Berne

Illustrator: Eric Puybaret

Summary: Before Jacques Cousteau became a renowned oceanographer, he was a child just like anyone else. This story chronicles the biography of Cousteau through a series of text + beautiful paintings.


Author: Leo Lionni

Summary: Way down in the ocean lives a very happy school of fish. They love the vibrant, exciting colorful world they live in. However, their world is also full of danger! They're unsure of how to deal with these dangers until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy teaches the school that by working together, they can overcome any danger or obstacle!


Illustrator: Suzy Lee

Summary: As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. In illustrator Suzy Lee's case though, pictures help tell an entire story. The book Wave consists of minimal design with a lovely storyline. Snuggle up with your little one + follow a young girl's joyful day at the beach.


Author: Jihyeon Lee

Summary: Pool tells the story of two shy children who meet at the local pool. Turn the pages + witness tender moments, ultimately watching the friendship unfold.

Now that you've heard what some of our favorites are, which under-water themed books do you + your little one like to read? We'd love to know!


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