5 A Day Books: Seaside

Whether splashing in the sea, building in the sand, or exploring rock pools, we love the beach! Whatever the weather there is always fun to be had! Our 5 A Day Books have a seaside theme this week to run alongside our many visits to the beach.

Week 13: The Seaside

'Fun On The Beach' by Lara Jones (the creator of Poppy Cat books) is an interactive, short simple story about a toddler's adventures at the seaside. Each page offers bright illustrations with touch-and-feel press-out pieces. There are a variety of textures to explore, from rough sandcastles to soft fluffy beach towels, great for engaging readers of all ages. This book has been a favourite of Minnie's since she was a baby & she still loves exploring it.

On the Beach (Usborne Lift the Flap Books)
'On the Beach' is a lift-the-flap discovery book which takes you on a journey around sandy shores, rock pools, cliffs, etc to uncover the animals that can be found there. The clear illustrations are realistic & the interactive flaps encourage the reader to explore the book. This would make a great read on the way to the beach, or at the seaside, followed by a search for the natural treasures described in the book.

We love 'Kipper's Beach Ball' by Mick Inkpen. Kipper discovers a 'free-gif' in his cornflakes, but what is it? He takes it to his friend Tiger's house & they ponder what it might be, eventually they discover it's a beach ball & have much fun with playing with it in the sun & sea. This is one of the longer Kipper stories, which makes it a prefect bedtime story or one to share with older siblings. The fun, descriptive text & bright illustrations make it a joy to read.

'Sea, Sand, Me' by Patricia Hubbell shares the story of a little girl's adventures at the beach. She & a new friend she meets at the beach have fun swimming, playing, picnicking, & exploring all that the seashore has to offer. A book full of descriptive, rhyming text & full of fun scenarios. I'm sure this book will inspire lots of imaginative play at home, & lots of adventures at the beach.

'Magic Beach' is a beach where anything is possible! In Alison Lester's book you can explore rock pools, shells, swim in the beautiful sea, build amazing sandcastles, go fishing, play about in boats, & even build a bonfire under the stars. The detailed illustrations transport you to prefect sunny seaside days, & the rhyming text is imaginative, fun, & easy to recall. A perfect seaside holiday read, or a perfect book to dive into on a rainy cold day!

We'll be taking our seaside books along with our bucket & spade as we head for some sun, sand, & surf!

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