2016: The Year of the Sea Creature

From blasé barnacles and bashful blobfish to the ever-majestic narwhal (aptly branded the “unicorn of the sea” by author Ben Clanton), 2016 has been a banner year for sea creatures in kids’ lit. In the 20 marvelous marine-centric titles below, you’ll find fact (there are more photos of Mars’ surface than there are of the giant squid!), fiction (ever heard of an octicorn?), poetry, and fins aplenty. So make like a black marlin (only the ocean’s fastest animal) and get reading:

Barnacle Is Bored, by Jonathan Fenske

blobfish-book-jessicaolienThe Blobfish Book, by Jessica Olien

Dolphins, by Becky Baines

Flip & Fin: Super Sharks to the Rescue! by Timothy Gill, illustrated by Neil Numberman

Giant Squid, by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann

The Great White Shark Scientist, by Sy Montgomery

Hello, My Name Is Octicorn, by Kevin Diller, illustrated by Justin Lowe and Binny Talib.

Narwhal, by Solomon Awa, illustrated by Hwei Lim

otopuses-one-to-ten-ellenjackson-robinpageNarwhal: Unicorn of the Sea! by Ben Clanton

Ocean Animals: Who’s Who in the Deep Blue, by Johnna Rizzo

Octopuses One to Ten, by Ellen Jackson, illustrated by Robin Page

The Otter, by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Preston McDaniels

Pink Is for Blobfish: Discovering the World’s Perfectly Pink Animals, by Jess Keating, illustrated by David DeGrand

Platypus Police Squad: Never Say Narwhal, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Please Be Nice to Sharks: Fascinating Facts about the Ocean’s Most Misunderstood Creatures, by Matt Weiss

Poor Little Guy, by Elanna Allen

Shark Rescue: All about Sharks and How to Save Themby Ruth A. Musgrave and Daniel Raven-Ellison

Sharks and Other Deadly Ocean Creatures, by Derek Harvey

Slickety Quick: Poems about Sharks, by Skila Brown, illustrated by Bob Kolar

Smart about Sharks, by Owen Davey

The Whale, by Vita Murrow, illustrated by Ethan Murrow




About the Author:

Briana Shemroske is Booklist's Editorial Assistant for Books for Youth. She recently graduated with a BA from Lake Forest College where she studied English Writing and Art History. In her free time she can be found eating cheeseburgers, frolicking with her schnoodle, Moritz, and feebly attempting to play board games. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Briana.

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