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Our Top 5 Ocean Themed Book Picks for Summer 2022!

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) works with libraries to create an inclusive literacy-based program that is enjoyable for all ages, provides a reproducible program with a unified annual theme, shares resources and offers professional support. This year's theme is "Oceans of Possibilities" and we have selected our top five ocean themed books for your child to read this summer!

  1. Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam and the Science of Ocean Motion by Lorie Griffin Burns This profile of oceanographer Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer is for anyone who’s ever spotted an item floating out to sea and wondered where it will go. Ebbesmeyer studies ocean currents by tracking discarded items, some of which take unbelievable journeys. (

  2. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi Thirteen-year-old Charlotte Doyle is excited to return home from her school in England to her family in Rhode Island in the summer of 1832. But when the two families she was supposed to travel with mysteriously cancel their trips, Charlotte finds herself the lone passenger on a long sea voyage with a cruel captain and a mutinous crew. (

  3. Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor by Robert Burleigh “How deep were the oceans? Were there mountains under the sea?” Marie Tharp had so many questions and didn’t stop until she discovered answers—and broke gender barriers in the process. (

  4. Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle Nothing compares to Eric Carle’s classic collage illustrations and gentle text. This story of how Mister Seahorse and other aquatic dads care for their babies is an enlightening addition to an ocean unit. (

  5. The Mermaid by Jan Brett We’ll never tire of Jan Brett’s reimagining of classic tales; this time it’s an underwater version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, starring a Japanese mermaid named Kiniro and a family of octopi. (

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