Summer Reading Beach Selections For Teens And Pre-teens

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Jul 11, 2014 1:51:45 PM

Summer Is A Wonderful Time For Middle And High Students To Enjoy Reading

book-clubFiction, nonfiction, action, adventure are all types of texts available to summer readers. Science fiction, sci-fi, science and nature are genres that peak the interest of teen and pre-teens. Parents and families can entice kids to read by offering titles on travel and geographical places. Prior to taking a beach vacation, adolescents should be encouraged to read about the picturesque ocean location that they will be visiting.

Recommended Summer Reads

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy many titles that teach about the oceanography, the beach, sand and ocean. Some titles are even available in the read aloud format. Kids can push the icon and the text can be read aloud to them in another language. This is helpful for second language learners of all ages. This is a great opportunity to enrich student’s educational skills by introducing them to another language and new educational content. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these delightful and engaging texts that teach children about sea life at

thumb-2 Surf War ! (Hardcover only)

by Margaret Read MacDonald (author), Geraldo Valerio (illustrator) © 2009
ISBN: 9780874838893

Sandpiper finds her daily stroll on the beach interrupted by Whale, who boasts that he is ruler of the sea. Sandpiper responds with equal bravado, asserting her rights to the sand and seawater. Soon the rivals are calling in their cousins, and the beach and sea are filled with shorebirds and sea mammals of every stripe. The standoff grows ominous as Whale leads his cousins in an assault on the beach, eating the sand from under the birds. Sandpiper retaliates by ordering her cousins to drink up the ocean. Soon the landscape is filled with fish, crabs, and sea creatures gasping for survival. How will this end? The outcome of this timely yet timeless nature tale suggests that we are all connected in the ecological chain.

thumb-4 Ocean, Tidal, and Wave Energy: Power from the Sea

by Lynn Aloian (author) © 2012
ISBN: 9781427163813 AR: / /

The natural movement of water has long been used to create energy. New forms of hydropower are being researched as alternative ways to create clean renewable energy. This remarkable new book describes how water flow is being used in tidal and wave energy farms, and how the oceans contain enough heat in the surface water to power the world! Case studies highlight the potential advantages and disadvantages of pursuing these different kinds of power.

thumb-3 Gulf Oil Spill

by Lynn Peppas (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9781427196200

This up-to-date new book describes the alarming events of 2010 after an oil rig toppled over in the Gulf of Mexico releasing millions of gallons of oil into the water. The largest accidental oil spill in history, it killed untold numbers of wildlife, poisoned over a hundred miles of coastal land, and devastated the commercial fishing and tourism industries in an area still reeling from the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Katrina.

thumb-1 Storm Tide

by Kari Jones (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9781554698073 AR: / / /

Left alone for the first time on the island he calls home, Simon is looking forward to a day of personal indulgence. His sister Ellen only wants to make sure they get their chores done. Their parents are busy trying to convince the government not to close the lighthouse that the family operates, and it’s up to the kids to make sure everything runs smoothly. Neither Simon nor Ellen is prepared for the mysterious and potentially dangerous visitor who brings with him an unexpected storm and a riddle that may lead to treasure – treasure that could help them save the lighthouse. Simon and Ellen have to work together to solve the riddle before the stranger or the weather destroys their chances.

thumb-2 Slick

by Sara Cassidy (author) © 2010
ISBN: 1554693535 AR: / / /

Liza, determined to prove that her mother’s boyfriend is no good, starts researching the oil company he works for. Liza discovers a lawsuit against the company for compensation that is long overdue to Guatemalan farmers. She starts a group at school called GRRR! (Girls for Renewable Resources, Really!) and launches an attack on Argenta Oil. As her activism activities increase, her objections to her mother’s boyfriend become political. She is learning to separate the personal from the political, but when her mother discovers her plans for a demonstration outside the Argenta Oil head office, the two collide in ways Liza least suspected.

thumb-5 Spotlight on Italy

by Bobbie Kalman (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9781427196859 AR: / /

Spotlight on Italy introduces children to a country that has influenced the world throughout history. Children will be taken on a tour of the country from the towering Alps to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean islands. The daily lives of modern Italians is also presented along with their customs and traditions.

thumb-6 Explore Earth's Five Oceans

by Bobbie Kalman (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9781427194824 AR: / /

Oceans cover three-quarters of the planet. This fascinating book shows how the world’s five oceans Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern, and Arcticare interconnected and why they are vitally important to the rest of Earth. Concise text, easy-to-read maps, and dazzling full-color photographs provide kids with an overview of these unique biomes.

thumb-7 Earth's Coasts

by Bobbie Kalman (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9780778790266 AR: / /

In this beautifully photographed book, Bobbie Kalman takes children on a tour of different coasts, where they can ride some breathtaking ocean waves or meet underwater animals that live in nearby coral reefs. Children will also be introduced to some amazing coastal cities and learn about famous coastal rock formations.


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