This year for nonfiction 10 for 10, I invite you to dive into the ocean and explore the wonders of ocean life and ocean exploration.
Thank you to Cathy Mere from Reflect and Refine, Mandy Robek of Enjoy and Embrace Learning and Julie Balen of Write at the Edge for hosting this meme. Click here to read all of the top ten lists shared.
This is my fifth year participating in this meme.
In the first year of #nf10for10 I shared favourite nonfiction titles – many that I have used with my class over the last few years in a variety of ways.
In the second year, I chose to focus on nonfiction picture book biographies that feature inspiring women.
In my third year, I shared nonfiction titles that allow us to think about something from a completely new or different perspective.
Last year I featured titles that allowed readers to travel the world.
Dive Down Deep! Head into the water!
Down Down Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the sea by Steve Jenkins
How can we not be intrigued at the idea that we may only have encountered half of the large animals living in the sea?
Coral Reefs by Jason Chin
In this title, being lost in a book means getting lost in a completely different world – in this case the magical world of coral reefs.
Some amazing creatures:
Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy
A mixture of gorgeously painted illustrations, detailed relevant diagrams and the story of how the great whites hunt in the Farallon Islands so successfully. This book illustrates how sharks are perfectly adept hunters, at the top of the food chain.
Giant Squid written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Such a book. I love the images, the rhythm of the text and the mystery of the still not known that is conveyed.
The Blue Whale by Jenni Desmond
An incredible read aloud for children who love to be amazed by nature. I loved the illustration of the blue whale’s mouth with 50 people standing in its lower jaw!
Trapped! A Whale’s Rescue written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Wendell Minor
A beautiful, lyrical story with stunning paintings by Wendell Minor. Follow this real life rescue of a humpback whale.
See What a Seal Can Do written by Chris Butterworth and illustrated by Kate Nelms
The reader is invited into the world of seals. Learn all about gray seals – how they move, how they hunt and how their body is perfectly suited to their ocean home.
Celebrating the study of the ocean and ocean life:
Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark by Heather Lang and illustrated by Jodi Solano
“Sharks are magnificent and misunderstood!” This was Clark’s message to the world. Sharks need our respect and our protection.
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Raúl Colón
I love when nonfiction is the perfect blend of incredible story and breathtaking pictures – increases the wonder factor exponentially!
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A Nivola
The depiction of Earle’s curious childhood in the water, descriptions of moments in her life that truly shaped and changed her, beautiful and enticing illustrations and this very important message: “You can’t care if you don’t know.”
What are your favourite books about the ocean?
I love your collection especially on a bitter cold morning. There are ocean days ahead! I like how you didn’t just focus on sharks or one specific kind of animal. Thank you for your support and joining us once again.
I love the pb 10 for 10 community and always look forward to the days we all share the books we love!
Love this theme! I love coming to your site to see how you put books together. Another great list!
Thank you Michele
Wonderful to see all these together, Carrie. I just got Swimming With Sharks from the library! There is much to love, and care for, in the ocean. Will look for that seal book! Thanks!
Your granddaughters would love the seal title
You have so many beautiful titles here, Carrie.
They are wonderful, I agree!
Awesome list! Solving the Puzzle is really one I need to get – and I could look at those Neighborhood Shark illustrations for hours!
Aren’t they amazing?
What a beautiful collections!
The color of this book collection makes me feel like I’m diving down deep in the ocean. This is a great theme with beautiful books. I love Trapped, Swimming with Sharks, and Giant Squid.
I particularly love ocean books!
So many people have mentioned Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea. I can’t wait to get that one now. What a wonderful list. My older daughter was obsessed with marine biology for a while so it is always great to tuck away book titles like these.
It’s a wonderful one. I just ordered it so I have a classroom copy.
Many familiar titles on this list, Carrie and a few I will now be reading. The Sylvia Earle book is such a favorite of mine. I admire her so.
This is a wonderful collection of books. My granddaughter and I do a lot of reading and activities for Shark Week, and we expand to other sea related books during that time in the summer too. I will add many of these to our TBR.
So pleased this is helpful!
Love this collection and the way you balanced books about sea life and books about people who study the sea. So important for kids to understand how we learned about life in the sea.
I agree and hopefully some of them will grow up to study the ocean.