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Kids Summer Reading List 2022

Author: Clint Exum

Are you participating in our Kids Summer Reading program this year? Here are some Ocean themed books you can download or order from us today!

Youth 9-13

Astronaut, Aquanaut DB096576

Highlights the differences and similarities between the deep ocean and outer space. Discusses the danger--and attraction--of exploring both of these vast domains, the technology involved, and amazing discoveries. For grades 4-7. 2018.

What Makes an Ocean Wave? Questions and Answers about Oceans and Ocean Life DB055174

Short answers about sea water--waves, tides, salt; about life in the ocean--plankton, fish, mammals, and the food chain; and about the coast--beaches, wetlands, and reefs. For grades 3-6. 2000.

Ring of Fire and the Hawaiian Islands and Iceland DB026863

The Ring of Fire--the area around the edge of the Pacific Ocean--is the site of the world's most intense earthquake and volcanic activity. This book explains how volcanoes erupt and describes some of the well-known eruptions and earthquakes in this region. Also describes the work of volcanologists, scientists who study volcanoes. For grades 4-7.

Lifeboat 12: Based on a True Story DBC16444

In 1940, a group of British children, their escorts, and some sailors struggle to survive in a lifeboat when the ship taking them to safety in Canada is torpedoed. For grades 4-7.

Rescue of the Stranded Whales DB035593

In December 1986, three young pilot whales stranded themselves on the Cape Cod shore. The author describes the dramatic intervention by volunteers that helped to save the whales' lives. Named Tag, Baby, and Notch, the whales were taken to the New England Aquarium's Animal Care Center for a six-month stay, then successfully returned to the ocean. For grades 4-7 and older readers.


Youth 12 and Older

How to be an Ocean Scientist in Your Own Home DB031179

A collection of twenty-four experiments, using easily available, inexpensive materials, intended to reveal the various characteristics of the oceans and the animals and plants that live in them. For grades 6-9.

Shark Quest: Protecting the Ocean's Top Predators DB092640

Overview of sharks, from their intelligence and feeding habits to how researchers study sharks at sea. Discusses the human impact on their populations, and what we can do to save these incredible predators. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2018.

Colonizing the Sea DB011101

Discusses the possibilities of sea cities as man applies the latest technology to the last frontier on earth. For grades 6-9.

Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits DB055978

Six stories about fabulous creatures associated with water. In "Mermaid Song," by Peter Dickinson, orphan Pitiable Nasmith is beaten by her miserable grandfather, Probity Hooke, until the day she rescues an injured sea-child and thereby saves herself. For grades 6-9. 2002.

Life without Light: A Journey to Earth's Dark Ecosystems DB051603

A science journalist describes some unfamiliar habitats and proves that life can exist in total darkness. Explains how scientists discovered remote ecosystems in caves, the deep sea, hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, underground aquifers, and rock buried deep below Earth's surface. For grades 6-9. 1999.


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