Read to Reef Book List

Read to Reef Book List

Underwater worlds are waiting.
Dive into a book today.

Want to read something different? You’re not limited to the books on this list—ask the children’s librarian at your Enoch Pratt Free Library branch for a recommendation!


  • "Hooray for Fish!" by Lucy Cousins
  • "Chesapeake ABC" by Priscilla Cummings
  • "Puffin Peter" by Petr Horáček
  • "We’re Roaming in the Rainforest" by Laurie Krebs
  • "All the Water in the World" by George Ella Lyon
  • "Ocean Babies" by Deborah Lee Rose
  • "Following Papa’s Song" by Gianna Marino
  • "I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean" by Kevin Sherry
  • "Octopus Alone" by Divya Srinivasan
  • "Bring on the Birds" by Susan Stockdale

Read Together

  • "My Visit to the Aquarium" by Aliki
  • "Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef" by Marianne Berkes
  • "The Umbrella" by Jan Brett
  • "Stellaluna" by Janell Cannon
  • "Mister Seahorse" by Eric Carle
  • "Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish" by Janet Halfmann
  • "The EARTH Book" by Todd Parr
  • "Water Is Water" by Miranda Paul
  • "A Bird is a Bird" by Lizzy Rockwell
  • " Flotsam" by David Wiesner

Read on My Own

  • "Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau" by Jennifer Berne
  • "Coral Reefs" by Jason Chin
  • "¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! : descubriendo el bosque nublado" | "Olinguito, from A to Z! : unveiling the cloud forest" by Lulu Delacre
  • "The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea" by Brenda Z. Guiberson
  • "Waiting for High Tide" by Nikki McClure
  • "Recycling Day" by Edward Miller
  • "Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle" by Claire A. Nivola
  • "Here Come the Humpbacks!" by April Pulley Sayre
  • "Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!" by April Pulley Sayre
  • "High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs" by Lisa Kahn Schnell

Read for a Challenge

  • "Super Swimmers: Whales, Dolphins, and Other Mammals of the Sea" by Caroline Arnold
  • "Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life" by Jim Arnosky
  • "Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas" by Molly Bang
  • "Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor" by Robert Burleigh
  • "Hotel Deep: Light Verse from Dark Water" by Kurt Cyrus
  • "Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World" by Steve Jenkins
  • "Journey Into the Deep : discovering new ocean creatures" by Rebecca L. Johnson
  • "Octopuses!: strange and wonderful" by Laurence Pringle
  • "A Place for Turtles" by Melissa Stewart
  • "One Well: The Story of Water on Earth" by Rochelle Strauss

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About Read to Reef

Who can participate?

Children in fifth grade and younger with a valid Enoch Pratt Free Library card may receive a Read to Reef bookmark and record the five aquatic- or conservation-themed books they have read that are appropriate for their age levels. Children may receive one bookmark per program season.

Did you know your child can have their own library card? Visit the Enoch Pratt Free Library website to learn how to apply. Please note the child must be present with parent, grandparent, or legal guardian when registering.

What books can I read?

You love reading and we love the ocean, so let’s see what we can do together! Booklists, which you can preview here or find at any Enoch Pratt Free Library branch, offer a list of Aquarium staff’s favorite aquatic- or conservation-themed books. However, any book in that theme counts, so ask your children's librarian for suggestions!

Remember, your bookmark must be complete with the titles of all five books you read before you come to the Aquarium, so be sure to record them as you read.

When does the program end?

Bookmarks are available at all Enoch Pratt Free Library branches beginning October 1, 2016 through October 31, 2016 or while supplies last.

You have until December 29, 2016 to complete your reading and visit the Aquarium with your completed bookmark.

Blackout dates include November 6 (Pay What You Want Day), November 25, and December 3-4 (Dollar Days), 2016.

Where are Enoch Pratt Free Library branches located?

Visit the Enoch Pratt Free Library website to find the closest branch to you!

What do I need to do to turn in my bookmark?

  • Bookmark must be completed in full with the titles of five books the child has read.
  • Bring the completed bookmark to the National Aquarium ticket center. Each completed bookmark entitles admittance for one child ticket and up to three additional guests for general admission only during regular Aquarium hours.
  • The bookmark is for one-time-use and cannot be used for multiple visits.
  • Bookmark is void if perforation is detached.
  • The bookmark cannot be reproduced, is non-transferable, will not be replaced if lost and has no value.
  • Tickets do not include 4-D Immersion Films, special programs or events.
  • Children 2 years and younger receive free admission. Additional guests beyond the four admitted with the bookmark pay full admission rates.
  • The bookmark cannot be used for online ticket purchases.
  • Bookmarks are subject to availability while supplies last. The bookmark expires December 29, 2016. Blackout dates are November 6, November 25, and December 3 through 4, 2016.

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