No matter how old you are, there’s nothing better than sprawling out in the sand with a great story! Before you head down to the shore, check out The Ivy Bookshop’s top-shell(f) picks for the beach bums at all reading levels.
Board/Soft Books (newborn-toddler)
“Busy Ocean” by Roger Priddy
Introduce your water baby to the vast underwater world with “Busy Ocean” (St. Martin’s Press). This soft, touchable cloth book introduces a sweet new sea creature on each page.
“1 2 3 Beach” by Puck
Explore the sea and sand by numbers in “1 2 3 Beach” (Duo Press), a whale of an addition to the Cool Counting series from Baltimore-based author Puck.
“On My Beach” by Sara Gillingham
Cuddly crabs may be few and far between, but your little one will love to play along with the adorable crustaceous finger puppet as he introduces his habitat in “On My Beach” (Chronicle Books).
Picture Books (ages 2-6)
“Beach House” by Deanna Caswell
Stunning watercolor images accent this rhyming tale of a trip to the “Beach House” (Chronicle Books) with depictions of summer staples—from splashing in the waves to sand castle construction.
“Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey” by Mini Grey
The ever-adventurous (and always hilarious) Traction Man takes to the beach on a maritime mission with his friend Scrubbing Brush in “Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey” (Knopf).
“Rules of Summer” by Shaun Tan
Anyone with an older sibling will relate to Tan’s weird and wonderful “Rules of Summer” (Arthur A. Levine Books), an imaginative story about realizing your big brother may not always be right.
Early Readers (ages 6-8)
“Weekends with Max and His Dad” by Linda Urban
After Max’s parents get divorced, he’s not sure what to think about Dad, but his perspective changes when the two start taking on a new adventure with every weekend trip (HMH Books for Young Readers).
Middle Readers (ages 8-12)
“The Way to Stay in Destiny” by Augusta Scattergood
Theo’s new life with his estranged uncle in Destiny, Florida seems like a flop…until a forbidden piano, a baseball-loving girl and an intriguing mystery offer “The Way to Stay in Destiny” (Scholastic Press).
“A Tiny Piece of Sky” by Shawn K. Stout
Dive into the world of WWII-era Maryland with Frankie Baum, a funny and fierce girl who embarks on a mission to defend her father from the vicious rumors circulating about him in her small town (Philomel Books).
Young Adults (ages 13-18)
“Racing the Rain” by John L. Parker Jr.
In this prequel to New York Times bestseller “Once a Runner,” Quenton Cassidy explores the natural world of Florida’s Gulf Coast while developing his gift for running (Scribner of S&S).
“Two Summers” by Aimee Friedman
Summer Everett must make a choice between “Two Summers” (Point): a romantic été in the French countryside or a same-old season in upstate New York. Seems easy, but the consequences are surprising…
“First & Then” by Emma Mills
Devon is perfectly happy to live life behind the pages of her favorite Jane Austen novels. But when a new class forces her to spend more time with the awful Ezra, her life becomes a little too “Pride & Prejudice” (Henry Holt and Co.).