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14 Absolutely Fantastic Beach Books for Kids

14 Absolutely Fantastic Beach Books for Kids

For the first few years of our daughters’ lives, we didn’t live anywhere close to the beach. We made the occasional two-hour trip to Corpus Christi from San Antonio, but it certainly didn’t happen frequently. During most of their early childhood, the majority of what they knew about sand and waves came from beach books we borrowed from the library!

When we moved to Iowa, we ended up just a few miles away from a beach on a lake. While it’s not quite the ocean, our daughters have been able to experience the fun of dripping wet sand off their fingers, collecting shells and cool rocks, listening to the waves crash on the shore, and dipping their toes into the cold water.

This summer, we plan on spending a lot of our break out on the beach, trying some fun beach-themed STEM projects. I know my youngest daughter, a non-fiction lover, will want to learn more about the tides and erosion and WHY everything happens the way it does. My older daughter will probably ask to learn more about the wildlife that lives in and near the lake, so we’ll be heading to the library for more beach books to satisfy their interests.

Here is a list of the best beach books we have found over the years. Most are great for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers!

14 Absolutely Fantastic Beach Books for Kids | Finding good books for kids can be tricky, but this list of beach books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers will give you a starting point for your next library trip!

Beach Books for Kids

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Beach by Elisha Cooper

The Boy on the Beach by Niki Daly

Llama Llama Sand & Sun by Anna Dewdney

On My Beach by Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich

Beach Day! by Anahid Hamparian

Sally in the Sand by Stephen Huneck

Miranda’s Beach Day by Holly Keller

Find It at the Beach by Dee Phillips

Beach Feet by Lynn Reiser

Beach Days by Ken Robbins

At the Beach by Anne and Harlow Rockwell

Beach Day by Karen Roosa

Summer Beach Day by Liesbet Slegers

A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams


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Personalized Book for Kids | Family Stories Review

Personalized Book for Kids | Family Stories Review

It’s no secret that we love books in this house. We have stacks and shelves in nearly every room–and yet, I still add more to our collection every week or so! Not too long ago, I was introduced to Family Stories, a company passionate about representing every child and family in their stories. After visiting their website, I knew my girls would love to have a personalized book of their own.

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Note: I received a personalized copy of Family Stories’ –Travels Around the World book for our own family in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own. See our full Disclosure Policy for more information.

The ordering process for Family Stories is so simple and fun! I started out by choosing characteristics that match my Katie: brown hair, blue eyes, and glasses. I also got to create characters for my husband and myself. Because I wanted the book to be a surprise, I didn’t include my kids in the customizing part. (I’m sure they’ll want to help me when the next story comes out!)

Less than two weeks later, our personalized book arrived! Katie was so excited when she saw the title of the book and then realized the girl on the cover looks like her! (She also got a laugh when she saw the customized mom and dad characters.)

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Over the last few weeks, Katie Travels Around the World has become one of our family’s favorite books. Beyond the fact that it’s personalized, the story is also really well done. Katie loves learning about new places and cultures! Each two-page spread has introduced us to a new location to learn more about. Best of all, the back of the book includes fun little tidbits about the language, the food, etc

We are excited to see what other books Family Stories adds to their collection. I know my older daughter would love to have a personalized book of her own in the future!


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Spring Books for Kids

Spring Books for Kids

Growing up in San Antonio, I never quite understood the appeal of spring. When the weather is pretty much the same all year long, “seasons” become more about events and holidays than the temperature outside. February is rodeo season, March is bluebonnet season, April is Fiesta season, and then it’s summer.

After two winters in Iowa, however, I’m starting to appreciate spring so much more. The trees have been bare for nearly five months now. The cold, grey skies really do start to play tricks on your emotions. Spring represents hope, renewal, and new life.

We’ve recently begun planning our spring garden and looking for signs of spring outdoors. Our mourning dove pair has returned to the area, and tulip stems are starting to peek up out of the ground.

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We’re also bringing out our favorite spring books for read aloud time.

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Spring Books: Fiction

One of the most well-known spring books is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Children of all ages love the sweet story of a caterpillar who eats and eats and eats…and finally transforms into a beautiful butterfly. If you’ve read the book hundreds of times, try this fun video featuring the author himself:

Spring Joy by Liesbet Slegers

Spring Thaw by Steven Schnur

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na

Hooray for Spring by Kazuo Iwamura

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes

Mouse’s First Spring by Lauren Thompson

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

Mud by Mary Lyn Ray

Maple and Willow Together by Lori Nichols


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Spring Books: Non-Fiction and Field Guides

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston is one of our favorite nature books. It can be read at any time of year, but it usually fits in well with our garden-planting time.

Seasons: Spring

Spring Across America by Seymour Simon

How a Seed Grows by Helene Jordan

Big Yellow Sunflower by Frances Barry

Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

Tell Me, Tree by Gail Gibbons

Trees, Leaves and Bark by Diane L. Burns

The Usborne Outdoor Book

Before you go, leave a comment! What are your favorite spring books for kids?

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