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Books about the seaside

The Snail and the Whale

We've chosen some of our favourite seaside-themed children’s books for all ages - which one is your favourite?

  • Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates: rise of the slippery sea monster

    Gareth P Jones
    Stripes

    The Steampunk Pirates' treasure has been stolen by what they think is a sea monster. They make a plan to get their treasure back and uncover more mysteries than they bargained for in this rip-roaring tale of daring-do on the high seas.

  • Bad Mermaids

    Sibéal Pounder, illustrated by Jason Cockroft
    Bloomsbury

    Beattie, Mimi and Zelda will change the way you see mermaids forever as they attempt to save their home of Swirlyshell in this delightfully silly story from the author of Witch Wars.

  • Deep Water

    Lu Hersey
    Usborne

    Hugely evocative of the romantic and wild Cornish landscape, this modern retelling of the selkie myth is a magical and beautiful story about coming of age, transformation and belonging.

  • Flush

    Carl Hiaasen
    Random House

    This is an engaging and light-hearted thriller about issues that matter - justice, family and the environment.

  • Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid

    Metaphrog
    Papercutz

    The Little Mermaid lives happily under the sea, but her older sisters' tales of what they see on the surface of the water start to make her yearn for something more.

  • Ingo

    Helen Dunmore
    HarperCollins Children's Books

    In Cornish legend, the Zenor mermaid fell in love with Mathew Trewhella and enticed him away to live in the sea with her forever...

  • Lost and Found

    Oliver Jeffers
    HarperCollins Children's Books

    Once there was a sad, lonely penguin who appeared at the door of a young boy. The boy decided he must be lost, so he set off to find his home.

  • Not As We Know It

    Tom Avery
    Andersen Press

    Younger middle-grade readers desperate to get their teeth into something a little more serious will enjoy this sensitive story.

  • Oliver and the Seawigs

    Philip Reeve, Illustrated by Sarah McIntyre
    Oxford University Press

    Philip Reeve and Sarah McInytre have joined forces to create a wonderfully wacky nautical tale.

  • Tamsin and the Deep

    Neill Cameron and Kate Brown
    David Fickling Books

    A fantastic graphic novel from the team at children's comic The Phoenix, this is a page-turning adventure with a great main character in brave, athletic and reckless Tamsin.

  • The Pirates Next Door

    Jonny Duddle
    Templar Publishing

    Lots of humour and irrepressibly rakish pirates combine in this entertaining book about looking beyond appearances

  • The Snail and the Whale

    Julia Donaldson, Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Macmillan Children's books

    This book by the award-winning Gruffalo partnership is about a tiny snail who longs to see the world, and the enormous grey-blue humpback whale who gives him a lift on his tail.

  • The Tail of Emily Windsnap

    Liz Kessler, Illustrator: Sarah Gibb
    Hachette

    Emily Windsnap has lived on a boat her whole life but her mother has seemed strangely anxious to keep her away from the water itself.


    All is explained when Emily is finally allowed to have swimming lessons and she makes a startling discovery. As she learns more about herself, and her mermaid origins, Emily explores the glorious world under the sea, where Ne…