Suggested reading for our June Ocean unit for our families to read at home!

Our center-wide theme this month is Outstanding Ocean. Below are suggested booklist for the month—perfect for bedtime.

Infants and Toddler Bedtime Read Alouds

  • Baby Beluga (Raffi Songs to Read) by Raffi

  • Yellow Ball by Molly Bang

  • Goodnight Octopus (I Can Do It Book) by Caleb Burroughs, Cottage Door Press

  • Good Night Ocean (Good Night Our World) by Mark Jasper

Preschool Imaginative Read Alouds Perfect for Bedtime

  • Dory Story by Jerry Pallotta, David Biedrzycki

  • If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, Erin E. Stead


  • A Whale Who Dreamt of a Snail: A bedtime picture book about our dreams, and how we are connected to the other inhabitants of our world by William Heimback, Angelina Tolentino

  • Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean by Gail Langer Karwoski 

Books Your Child will Explore in the Classroom

Suggested Books for all ages this June:

  • Over in the Ocean: In the Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes, illustrated by Jeanette Canyon

  • A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea (a barefoot book singalong, audio CD) by Jessica Law

  • Octopus’s Garden (Audio CD included) by Ringo Starr, illustrated by Ben Cort

  • Yellow Submarine: a Panorama Pop by The Beatles, illustrated by Heinz Edelmann
    **** Available to preorder now on Amazin, release date is June 12th, 2018

  • Port Side Pirates (a barefoot book singalong, audio CD) by Oscar Seaworthy

  • Blue (Sing Your Colors!) a Cantata Learning Book by Blake Hoena, illustrated by Connah Brecon

  • Gobble It Up! A Fun Song About Eating (CD Included) by Jim Arnosky


  • Baby Beluga (Raffi Songs to Read) by Raffi

  • Pop-up Ocean by Ingela P. Arrhenius

  • On the Beach and In the Ocean by Sarah Gillingham, illustrated by Lorena Siminovich

  • Under the Sea (Feels Real Books) by Christiane Gunzi

  • You Are My Baby: Ocean by Lorena Siminovich

  • TouchThinkLearn: Opposites by Xavier Deneux


  • At the Beach (Little Books for Little Hands) by Katja Spitzer

  • Peg Leg Peke by Brie Spangler

  • Llama Llama Sand and Sun by Anna Dewdney

  • Yellow Ball by Molly Bang

  • Uh-Oh! by Shutta Crum, illustrated by Patrice Barton

  • Splish Splash: Pop-up Fun (Little Snappers) by Jonathan Litton

  • Sandpiper (Music Together Singalong Storybook) by Kennet K. Guilmartin, illustrated by Christina O’Donovan

Preschool and Pre-K

Books that help develop Speech and Reading Skills:

  • The Wild Waves Speak (Letter/Sound) by Jeanette W Stickel

Imaginative Read Alouds:

  • Dory Story by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by David Biedrzycki

Kindness and Character Builders:

  • Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud, illustrated by David Messing

  • How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath, illustrated by Mary Reckmeyer

  • The Pout-Pout Fish by Devorah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna

Science Reads, Encouraging Environmental Connection:

  • Catfish Clues: What is a Fish? (Cantata Learning Book) by Linda Ayers and Micola O’Byrne

  • Way out in the Middle of the Sea (Cantata Learning Book) by Codi McKinney and Dan Crisp

  • Ocean: A Photicular Book by Dan Kainen, illustrated by Carol Kaufman

  • Oil Spill! (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science)

  • The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling (Little Green Books) by Alison Inches, illustrated by Pete Whitehead

  • The Magic School Bus: On the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole and Brice Decen

  • Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins

  • Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Coustaeu and Deborah Hopkinson

  • Tammy Turtle: A Tale of Saving Sea Turtles (No. 11 in Suzanna Tate’s Nature Series) by Suzanne Tate