The Seaside

Lucy and Tom at the Seaside
by Shirley Hughes

From Shirley Hughes, this classic book of seaside fun (originally published nearly 55 years ago) has every element of a wonderful day at the seaside.

Follow a happy family day out as Tom and Lucy enjoy making sandcastles, looking in rock pools and going on a donkey ride

Interest Level 3-8
Sneakers the Seaside Cat
by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated byAnne Mortimer

Sneakers saw something.

It was yellow and pink on the outside….

Then he crept up to it and peeked in.

On Sneakers′ first trip to the seaside, his curious paws find surprises in the sand. There′s a mischievous crab, playful shrimp, and a shell that echoes the roar of the ocean.

Interest Level 4-8
Grandma's Seaside Blooomers
by Julia Jarman, illustrated by Roger Fereday

It’s the first summer bank holiday and the family are off to the seaside. The children can’t wait to go bathing, but Grandma is not so keen!

Hopscotch Histories are brand new stories in historical settings, told in under 400 words, perfect for children who are building up their reading confidence.

Interest Level 5-8
At the Beach
by Roland Harvey

It's summer and time to head to Crabby Spit for a camping holiday. 'Don't forget to write!' says Grandma. And, sure enough, the postcards come thick and fast, detailing all the timeless pleasures of playing on the beach, paddling and surfing, finding treasures, dancing to the glow of a bonfire. But look out for the mischievous family dog who makes it his business to collect all the belongings of an absent-minded artist. Full of Roland Harvey's beautifully observed characters, this is a humorous and hugely enjoyable picture book.

Interest Level 6-9
The Secret of Spiggy Holes
by Enid Blyton

Mike, Peggy, Nora and Jack are having a lovely summer at the Cornish seaside. While out exploring the Spiggy Holes caves, they discover a secret passage leading to the Old House on the cliff. But when they encounter the Old House's horrid new owner, the children are convinced he is hiding some secrets of his own ...

Interest Level 9-11
by David Weisner

A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam-anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there's no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share . . . and to keep.

Interest Level 5-11
Winnie and Wilbur at the Seaside
by Valerie Thomas, illustrated by Korky Paul 

Zoom! Winnie and Wilbur are off to the seaside. Winnie is having a whale of a time but Wilbur hates getting wet. He'd much rather go home. So when Winnie's broomstick is swept out to sea, will they end up stranded on the beach? It's an action-packed Winnie and Wilbur adventure! 

Interest Level 5-8
Magic Beach
by Alison Lester

'At our beach, at our magic beach', imagination abounds. Alison Lester's poetic text and accompanying detailed illustrations show the possibilities of turning a normal, everyday place into a magical one. Picture a beach where adventure begins…
The intricately illustrated pages will have children exploring again and again the wonder of imagination

Interest Level 5-8
The Giant's Necklace
by Michael Morpurgo

A tense and thrilling ghost story from the internationally acclaimed author of War Horse. It all began with a necklace, made of glistening pink cowrie shells. A long, long necklace that had taken Cherry days - weeks - of careful, painstaking work. It was nearly complete, and Cherry was determined it would be the longest necklace she had ever made; that it would be fit for a giant! But the end of the holidays had arrived. "You've only got today, Cherry," said her mother. "Just today, that's all." Cherry didn't mind, a day would be enough - she only needed a few more shells. So, amidst the taunts of her older brothers, she set out to search for them. Then the clouds grew dark and the waves grew large, and as the storm blew in, Cherry realized, to her horror, that she was cut off from the shore. From then on, events began to take a decidedly dark turn. One from which there was no turning back...

Interest Level 9+
The Clumsies Make a Mess of the Seaside 
by Sorrel Anderson

More hilarious stories in the CLUMSIES series – shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010

It’s Clumsies on Sea as Howard and the Clumsies head to the seaside for what Howard calls a “conference” and the Clumsies call a “holiday”!

Will Howard manage to impress his evil boss Mr Bullerton? Will he get to the hotel on time? And will the trip pass without mess or incident of any kind? Of course not. Nothing goes to plan when the Clumsies are about!

Sandcastles, talking donkeys, runaway supermarket trollies: this clumsy adventure has it all!

Interest Level 9+
by Judith Rossell

A stalwart orphan sets out on a spine-tingling adventure in this wildly imaginative and darkly funny Victorian middle grade novel. 
High on a cliff above the gloomy Victorian town of Withering-by-Sea stands the Hotel Majestic. Inside the walls of the damp, dull hotel, eleven-year-old orphan Stella Montgomery leads a miserable life with her three dreadful aunts. Stella dreams of adventuring on the Amazon--or anyplace, really, as long as it isn't this dreary town where nothing ever happens. 
Then one night Stella sees something she shouldn't have. Soon she finds herself on the run from terrifying Professor Stark and his gang of thugs. But how can one young girl outwit an evil magician, much less rescue his poor, mistreated assistant? 
With the help of a mysterious maestro, his musical cats, and a lively girl named Gert, Stella Montgomery sets out to do the impossible.

Interest Level 8-12
Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey
by Mini Grey

Traction Man and Scrubbing Brush are at the beach! Traction Man even has his special Squid-Proof Scuba Suit, perfect for exploring the secret crevices of the Rockpool. But there are adventures in store for our intrepid hero as he faces the thrills of Operation Picnic, the tribulation of being buried in sand and - worst of all - being washed away by a giant wave... 

Claude at the Beach
by Alex T Smith

In the third installment of Claudes hilarious adventures, Claude and Sir Bobblysock pack their bags and go on vacation to the beach. They rescue a man from a shark, win a sandcastle-building competition, and hunt for pirate treasure. Of course, they make it back home just before Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes come home from work.

Interest Level 8-10
by John Meade Falkner, illustrated by F. Exell

Everyone in the tiny village of Moonfleet lives by the sea one way or another, so it's no surprise when young John Trenchard gets involved in the smuggling trade. Forced to flee England with a price on his head, John little guesses the adventures and trials he will have before he sees Moonfleet again or the change in his fortunes when he does.

Steven Seagull Action Hero
by Elys Dolan

Follow one cop’s mission to clean up Beach City. The odds are against him. But that’s the way he likes it.

Find out how Steven Seagull saves Beach City in this hilarious action-packed picture book from the creator of Weasels, Elys Dolan. It’s packed with cross-over jokes to appeal to children and adults too. The artwork is full of details for poring over time and time again. And you’ll get to see sharks playing volleyball, a goldfish driving a speedboat, crabs building sandcastles… oh, and the most hilarious lifeguard ever!

Interest Level 5-8
Sea Urchins and Sand Pigs
by Cornelia Funke

With treasure trails, dune pigs and the occasional visiting mermaid, there’s never a dull moment in Sandy Cove, as a gang of children find out when they visit the holiday village one hot summer!

A delightful book from celebrated author Cornelia Funke, featuring a set of charming seaside-themed short stories, perfect for young readers.

Interest Level 9-13
Sandy Sand Sandwiches
by Philip Ardagh, illustrated by Elissa Elwick

If you’re brave, honest, helpful, good to your planet and kind to animals (even ones that don’t do much … like worms) then you, too, can be a Little Adventurer.

Meet the Little Adventurers – Finnegan, Sprat, Floss and Peanut. Each week they meet in their top-secret shed HQ, ready to share their fun with you! This week it’s hot, hot, hot, so their mission is to … cool down, at the BEACH! The four friends pack their snazzy swimsuits and hop into Finnegan’s daddy’s car. They’re going to make sand sculptures, lick ice cream cones and, best of all, see what teeny-tiny rockpool creatures they can find…

From the award-winning Philip Ardagh, and illustrator Elissa Elwick, comes the third installment in the Little Adventurers trilogy. With an activity idea and an information page at the back of every story, the Little Adventurers will encourage hours of immersive play, and will ignite the imagination of curious explorers everywhere.

Interest Level 5-9