75+ picture books about the ocean

I’ve been wanting to share a list of books about the ocean since last summer when we went on an exciting road trip around Alaska. We decided since it is our new state we wanted to see as much of it as we possibly could. One of our favorite stops was Seward. It is so beautiful there and such a fun little spot to visit. We went on a wildlife cruise one day and it ended up being one of my favorite moments on any vacation I’ve ever been on! We were able to see dolphins, otters, puffins, seals, orcas, and humpback whales. It was incredible and something we will never forget. In fact, it sparked something in my oldest son and he is now a whale enthusiast. He loves whales so much he was even an orca for Halloween and made his Cub Scout pinewood derby car into an orca.

orca car

Here are a few videos of our adventures in Seward:

My son’s love for whales has been great for school. Because I know he loves them so much it is easy to get him to do his reading if I always have books about whales around. It is partly why I made this roundup of ocean books! If your child finds something that they are passionate about, find them some books on that subject. They will happily read when they are reading something that interests them. My son is now a walking whale encyclopedia and wants to be marine biologist. Books are amazing things!

Sam at the beach

Now onto the book list! I’ve already written a post on books about sharks, so I didn’t add many in this list so make sure you check out that post so you can find some great books about sharks too.

 

Picture books about the ocean:

Splash in the Ocean

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Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea

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Over in the Ocean

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Under the Sea

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In the Sea

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Wow! Ocean!

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Moonlight Ocean

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Far From Shore

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Down Down Down

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Larry Gets Lost Under the Sea

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The Magic School Bus On the Ocean Floor

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Flotsam

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Sea Star Wishes

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Star of the Sea

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Baby Animals in the Sea

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Mister Seahorse

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Sea Hose: The Shyest Fish in the Sea

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Seahorses

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The Sign of the Seahorse: A Tale of Greed and High Adventure in Two Acts

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Coral Reefs

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The Ocean Alphabet Book

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Dory Story

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10 Little Fish

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The Pout-Pout Fish

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Hooray For Fish

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A Swim Through the Sea

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Bright Stanley

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The Rainbow Fish

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The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark

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Manfish

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One Tiny Turtle

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I’ll Follow the Moon

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Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!

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Limu the Blue Turtle

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Into the Sea

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Wild Kratts Wild Sea Creatures

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Smiley Shark

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Tip Tap Went the Crab

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Kermit the Hermit

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The Hermit Crab

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Is This a House for Hermit Crab

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What Lives in a Shell?

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Hope for Winter

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Winter’s Tail

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Curious Mystery Island

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Shimmer and Splash

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Dolphins First Day

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W is for Waves

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Big Book of Big Sea Creatures

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Could a shark do gymnastics

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Ocean Seasons

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Peanut Butter and Jellyfish

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Jeremiah Jellyfish Flies High

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The Snail and the Whale

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The Blue Whale

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The Storm Whale

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Trapped! A Whale’s Rescue

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Baby Beluga

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Breathe

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Could a Whale Swim to the Moon?

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Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That: A Whale of a Tale!

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The Whale Who Wanted to Be Small

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Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea

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Jolly Olly Octopus

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My Very Own Octopus

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Gentle Giant Octopus

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An Octopus is Amazing

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How To Hide an Octopus

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Octopus Alone

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Good Thing You’re Not an Octopus

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Tickly Octopus

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Octopus soup

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Commotion in the Ocean

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I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean

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A House For Hermit Crab

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Old Shell, New Shell

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Clumsy Crab

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