Sun, Sea and Sand Books for Kids


Most week’s I join in on Instagram with Esther’s #8BrilliantBooks theme. Each time I struggle to choose as there are so many lovely books I want to include – picking only eight is tough! Check out the hashtag yourself here.

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#8BrilliantBooks Set in Sun, Sea or Sand

Here’s my choices for #8BrilliantBooks set in sun, sea or sand. The theme was inspired by #CleanBeachesWeek and #PlasticFreeJuly. Find more information and inside images here.

  • Mermaid Kenzie Protector of the Deeps
  • Little Turtle and the Sea
  • The Big Book of the Blue
  • Nen and the Lonely Fisherman
  • Betty the blue whale
  • The Baker by the Sea
  • The Sand Elephant
  • Mrs Noah’s Pockets

I’ll go into a little more detail about my choices for #8BrilliantBooks below. What would be on your list – do drop me a message in comments below.

Mermaid Kenzie Protector of the Deeps

A beauty of a book with a powerful eco message. You can find my full review of this book in my blog post here.

Little Turtle and the Sea

Such a gentle way to explore pollution in our seas with children through the story of Little Turtle. Pairing books with small world play can help children to explore and talk about what they know and find out more. Check out my post on making and exploring story sacks here.

The Big Book of the Blue

The Big Book of series by Yuval Zommer are incredible non-fiction books. To take a peep inside what the books in the series look like head to this post.

Nen and the Lonely Fisherman

Book with story props

To find out oodles more and creative ideas for this incredible book take a read of this blog post. It’s such a special book.

Betty the blue whale

A delightful series that’s begun with A, B and C. Each story has a good moral, lovely illustrations and a fascinating fact page at the back. Check out my Instagram post here. To find out more information about all of the books click here.

The Baker by the Sea

A dreamy book in the most breathtaking limited palette set in time gone by. Just lovely. You can find my full review here.

The Sand Elephant

I really must do a full review of this wonderful book very soon. It’s a book that fills me with nostalgia from my childhood playing on the beach with nothing more than the sand to entertain my sister and me. The book shows the power of the imagination and how the beach brings children together in their shared, wonderous play.

Mrs Noah’s Pockets

This is the second in a superb series written by Jackie Morris and illustrated by James Mayhew. James uses wonderful collage to create the sublime images. You can find out a little more in my blog post here. There’s a video of Jackie reading this wonderful story on the post too.

#8BrilliantBook Recommendations

I’d love to know what your recommendations would be, especially early chapter books and middle grade. Do drop a comment.

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