I love books – specifically picture books. I love when beautiful illustrations are paired with luscious prose or an engaging story. My boys do to… When we find one of these gems it never fails to ignite the imagination!
We recently read The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau. The boys were entranced. They had never thought of snorkeling before, or discovering undersea wonders. When I hear ‘just one more chapter’ or children begging me to read the book AGAIN, I know we’ve hit found a good one. When boys immediately take the story into their play, I realize we’ve hit the jackpot.
That afternoon, the boys yanked up swim trunks and excitedly braved the heat to swim in our inflatable kiddie pool. I came out to find them doing this…
As they neared the edge, smiling faces – dripping wet – popped up and they filled me in on their Jacques Cousteau-esque adventures. A good book harnessed together with a wild imagination is beautiful to behold. And the timing couldn’t be more perfect as we dive into learning about many sea creatures during our study of plant and animal classification this next month!
Here are several books on undersea adventures or animals that have captivated our imagination!
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau ~ This delightful tale captivated us and birthed a desire to explore the ocean.
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle ~ We loved how Sylvia’s childhood love of nature transferred to her love for the ocean. It is fun to see how childhood interests blend into adult vocations!
Somewhere in the Ocean ~ While this rhyming, counting book is geared for the preschool-kinder crowd, my older boys still love it. The illustrations are amazing! We love all of her books.
Hello Ocean ~ This captivating tale about a trip to the beach is a family favorite.
A Swim Through the Sea ~ This 16 year old girl wrote and illustrated a beautiful book that inspires a love for the creatures of the sea!
Seashells, Crabs & Sea Stars ~ Love the illustrations – nature-notebooking/field guide style.
Ocean: An Eyewitness Book ~ We love Eyewitness books. The photographs are beautiful and give us a ‘real-life’ glimpse of what Jacques Cousteau and Sylvia Earle saw during their underwater explorations!