Last Call For Beach Reads!

The summer is slipping away like sand on the beach. Before it’s completely gone, check out these reads that are perfect for your last days on the beach! Reserve print copies for Curbside Pickup (read full instructions here), which now has online registration to make setting up an appointment for Curbside Pickup even easier.

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Daphne Berg and Drue Cavanaugh were high school besties until a fight separated them. Daphne, who struggles with her plus size body image, is unsure when her old time frenemy asks her to be her maid of honor in a high society wedding set to be on Cape Cod. Likable characters, an honest look at female friendship, and a glamorous setting make this a thoroughly enjoyable beach read. Check it out on Overdrive or the Libby app in ebook or audiobook format, or reserve the print copy for Curbside Pickup. 

The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward

The Jetsetters is a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick. Charlotte Perkins from Savannah, Georgia misses her three children. She enters a “Become a Jetsetter” contest, wins a Mediteranean cruise, and invites her children to join her. During the ten day cruise, the family reconnects with each other and finds out all isn’t going so well in each other’s lives. 

You can reserve a print copy of the book in the catalog here or read the ebook on Overdrive/the Libby app.

A Week at the Shore by Barbara Delinsky

Set in Rhode Island, this is the story of three sisters who, after not seeing each other for a long time, come together to care for their father who is suffering from dementia. Painful secrets are forced to light and fragile family bonds are tested as the past is explored. They also reconnect with childhood friends, and old flames are rekindled. Reserve it in print or check it out on Overdrive/the Libby app in ebook or audiobook format.

What the Tide Leaves Behind

When you’re wading in the waves, what can you find? When the tide retreats, what is left on the beach? Here are three books that help kids identify and understand some of the things left behind in the seaweed and sand.

Oceans Alive Series: Sea Shells by Shari Skeie

Find out how little creatures live in shells, and the various types of shells.

Let’s Read and Find Out Series: What Lives in a Shell?  By Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld and Helen K. Davie

A shell serves as protection and shelter for many types of marine creatures and animals on land. Look at examples such as crabs and clams, as well as turtles and snails.

Critters By the Sea Series: Crabs On the Beach by Jonathan Potter

Learn some amazing facts about crabs.

Creating Sand Beaches with Poop by Anita Louise McCormick. part of the Power of Poop Series

Read about parrotfish, which eat coral, digest the algae that grows on it, and excrete out lots of white coral sand. 70 % of white sand beaches come from parrotfish! Yucky thought, but true.

For kids who want to learn more about sea creatures, both on the shore and off them, check out the marine life collections of ebooks and audiobooks on hoopla and Overdrive, as well as the Fish and Sea Creatures section of the Gale Elementary database, which was discussed in a previous blog post. All are accessible to you with your Abbot Public Library card!

A Day at the Beach

Whether or not you take the kids to the beach, it is fun to start thinking about it and reading about it. Here are four picture books from the silly to the serious about the beach and the wonderful things to find and do there.

The Seashore Book written by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by Wendall Minor, a picture book for ages 4-8

A gorgeously illustrated story about the sensory experience of a day at the beach, from hunting shells to watching waves. In this classic favorite, a mother describes what it would be like to spend a day at the shore to her son who has yet to see it.

Bats at the Beach, written and illustrated by Brian Lies, a picture book for ages 4-8

Instead of fun in the sun, what if bats went to the beach? Would it be fun in the gloom? In this book, the answer is yes! The bats in this goofy picture book do all the favorite family beach activities during the night hours. Lots of silly details in the illustrations make this a fun choice for kids to compare what they do with the imaginary bat families.

Summer at the Seashore by Sue Tarsky and Claire London, from the Taking a Walk series, a picture book for ages 2-6

Walk along the shore and what do you see? A fun counting book for colors, shapes, and numbers. Each page names the different items to search for and count, whether umbrellas or dogs.

Water Sings Blue: Water Poems written by Kate Coombs and illustrated by Meilo So, a poetry picture book for ages 5-9 

This book features soft watercolor illustrations and short poems about all kinds of wonders to be discovered in the ocean and on the beach. Suitable for reading and discussing aloud.