Oceans and Islands Book List
Oceans and islands are all over the world. The ocean's depths mirror God's love for us – there's more to them than we could ever see or fully know. It wraps around us like the water that encompasses an island. And in both places, you'll find incredible beauty and diversity – much like within the body of Christ.
Our Ocean & Island Compass Box taught little learners about the various land and water forms found on earth and led them to explore through rich literature recommendations and fun pattern block mats.
To accompany each Compass Box, we curate a reading list that brings the studies in each box to life. We hand-select books that will nurture children's wonder of creation, enliven connection with their Creator, and deepen their understanding of each subject area.
Favorite Books about Land and Water Forms for Preschoolers
The Big Book of the Blue
My Very First Seas and Oceans Book
Matthew Oldham and Jane Newland
Arthur Dorros and Elisa Kleven
The Big Book of the Blue is part of the wonderful Big Book series by Yuval Zommer. This beautifully illustrated reference book will serve your family well for years to come. It describes many features of the ocean and the creatures living within, as well as environmental challenges the ocean is facing and how we can help to mitigate them.
Usborne's My Very First Seas and Oceans Book is an excellent first reference book on all things ocean for little learners. Use it to identify the ocean's characteristics, layers, resources and animals that live in and around it.
ABC Gulls by Beth Rand is a great book to help your little one develop familiarity with letters and letter sounds in a fun, ocean-themed context.
Isla by Arthur Dorros presents a beautiful story of a grandmother and granddaughter visiting their home island. Learn about island life and build vocabulary in English and Spanish in this culture-rich treasure.
Water Land by Christy Hale is a creatively structured book with pages shaped like the land and water forms they describe. With a handy reference chart and fold-out map at the back, you'll quickly learn about the various land and water forms found across the globe.
Christian Character Books for Kids
Each Compass Box includes Christ-like character traits revealed in nature and intended for us to reflect. In this study, we highlighted the character traits of a famous ocean explorer and those who represent a vibrant island culture.
Room for Everyone
Shark Lady by Jess Keating is a fascinating true story about Eugenie Clark and how she made it her job to study sharks in the ocean. Her diligence and perseverance taught the world there was more to sharks than once believed.
Room for Everyone by Naaz Khan is a fun counting book about and adventurous ride to the beach set on the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania. On the island, everyone is welcome.
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