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21st Century Kids: Set Sail for Ocean Adventures

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library,
Kids dress in pirate clothes enjoying seafaring adventures while floating in a dinghy

What could be a better adventure than sailing the high seas? In many stories, the sea and its unpredictability add excitement to a tale. Oceanographer Jacques Yves Cousteau said, “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Here is a sampling of books for kids who enjoy seafaring adventures.

The poem “Song of the Boat,” is excerpted from Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems, by Kate Coombs.

Song of the Boat

“Push away from the stillness of the nut-brown land,
from the road that leads to shore.

Push away from the town with its tight tree roots,
from its closed brown shutters and doors.

Push away-heave-ho-from the heavy brown pier,
from its pilings huddled and dull.

For the water sings blue and the sky does, too,
and the sea lets you fly like a gull.”

Set Sail for Ocean Adventures

Beyond the Bright Sea
Wolk, Lauren

Lalani of the Distant Sea
Kelly, Erin Entrada

Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems
Coombs, Kate

Secrets at Sea
Peck, Richard

School Ship Tobermory
McCall Smith, Alexander

The Jolly Regina
LaReau, Kara

Sailing on the Mayflower
Rusick, Jessica

The Race To Sail Around The World
Wittmann, Kelly

The Voyage to Magical North
Fayers, Claire

Race to the Bottom of the Sea
Eagar, Lindsay

The Turn of the Tide
Parry, Rosanne