Here are some ocean inspired reads for book time with your toddler.
1. Octopus Socktopus by Nick Sharratt
A funny rhyming book with interactive flaps and wheels that spin. It comes as a paperback or a board book.
Bright and fun -there’s an octopus for everyone. Will your favourite be the Cuckoo Clocktopus, the Scary Shocktopus or maybe even the Party Frocktopus?
2. Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins
Little Fish has so many fishy friends to spot in the ocean with this gem from author Lucy Cousins.
And at the end we meet Little Fish’s favourite fish of all – Mummy! Which is a super sweet way to end the book. It includes kisses as well. I always love any opportunity to plant kisses on my toddlers cute little cheeks.
My toddler is only 18 months old and is just starting to work on combining two words together e.g. Mum’s shoes. So this will be a good book for working on two word phrases, as it includes many examples:
- happy fish
- grumpy fish
- stripy fish
- spotty fish
- shy fish.
If you’d like something with lift-a-flaps, we also have and love Where is Little Fish?. We’ve been rotating this in and out of our bookshelf since Chloe was 6 months old. You can read a bit about this book in our Books for Summer reading list post.
3. It’s Nice to be a Narwhal by Stuart Lynch
I brought this on a whim when shopping for a friend’s birthday gift and we’ve been loving it.
The illustrations are super cute and my daughter loves playing with the two way sequins. It’s quite enjoyable actually, I like playing with the sequins too!
Although this book looks simple, it has lots to talk about. We point out the colours of the different sequins, the other sea creatures (fish, jelly fish, crabs, lobsters and turtles), there is also a dress ups page and a musical instrument page.
Her favourite words to say when reading this book are ‘Fish’ and ‘Turtle’.
4. Max by Marc Martin
A lovely tale about a Seagull and his friend Bob who runs a Fish and Chips shop. The illustrations are beautiful and bright.
Chloe has been enjoying this book very much. She loves to say ‘Max’ and ‘Fish’.
5. Mister Seahorse by Eric Caryle
We’ve just ordered this book and I’m pretty excited to have a look!
Here is the publisher’s description:
A stunning picture book from Eric Carle about Mister Seahorse and other ‘male mothers’, with special acetate pages that hide fish behind rocks and reeds. As he floats through the sea, Mister Seahorse meets a Mr Stickleback, Mr Tilapia, Mr Kurtus and many other fish fathers caring for their eggs and babies in the most surprising ways.
Over to you
What are your favourite books to read with your toddler about the ocean?