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!


  • "ABC Oceans" by American Museum of Natural History
  • "Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights" by W.H. Beck
  • "Puffin Peter" by Petr Horáček
  • "We’re Roaming in the Rainforest" by Laurie Krebs
  • "Breathe" by Scott Magoon
  • "I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean" by Kevin Sherry
  • "Octopus Alone" by Divya Srinivasan
  • "Bring on the Birds" by Susan Stockdale
  • "En el mar" by Rodger Priddy
  • "Anywhere Farm" by Phyllis Root

Read Together

  • "My Visit to the Aquarium" by Aliki
  • "The Earth and I" by Frank Asch
  • "Stellaluna" by Janell Cannon
  • "Mister Seahorse" by Eric Carle
  • "Turtles in My Sandbox" by Jennifer Keats Curtis OR "Las Tortugas en Mi Cajón de Arena" by Jennifer Keats Curtis
  • "Octopuses One to Ten" by Ellen Jackson
  • "Green Green: A Community Gardening Story" by Marie Lamba
  • "About Fish | Sobra los Pesces" by Cathryn Sill
  • "Water Is Water" by Miranda Paul

Read on My Own

  • "Moonlight Crab Count" OR "Contando los cangrejos herradura a la luz de la luna" by Dr. Neeti Bathala and Jennifer Keats Curtis
  • "Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau" by Jennifer Berne
  • "A House for Hermit Crab" OR "Una casa par el cangrejo ermitano" by Eric Carle
  • "Coral Reefs" by Jason Chin
  • "Follow the Moon Home" by Phillipe Cousteau
  • "¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! : descubriendo el bosque nublado" or "Olinguito, from A to Z! : unveiling the cloud forest" by Lulu Delacre
  • "A Day in the Salt Marsh" by Kevin Kurtz
  • "Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugine Clark" by Heather Lang
  • "Over and Under the Pond" by Kate Messner
  • "Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle" by Claire A. Nivola

Read for a Challenge

  • "Rivers of Sunlight" by Molly Bang
  • "The New Ocean" by Bryn Barnard
  • "Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor" by Robert Burleigh
  • "Coral Reefs" by Gail Gibbons
  • "Water Rolls, Water Rises" | El agua rueda, el agua sube" by Robert Burleigh
  • "Sea Slime" by Ellen Prager
  • "Waterman’s Boy" OR "Suspenso en la Bahía" by Susan Sharpe
  • "One Well: The Story of Water on Earth" by Rochelle Strauss
  • "The Secret Bay" by Kimberly Ridley
  • "Science Comics: Coral Reefs Cities of the Ocean" by Maris Wicks

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About Read to Reef

Who can participate?

Baltimore-area 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, 2017, through October 31, 2017, or while supplies last.

You have until December 28, 2017, to complete your reading and visit the Aquarium with your completed bookmark.

Blackout dates include October 27, 2017 (Free Fall Friday Night), and November 5, 2017 (Pay What You Want Day), November 24, 2017, and December 9 - 10, 2017 (Dollar Days).

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 before arrival at the Aquarium.
  • Bring the completed bookmark to the National Aquarium ticket center. Each completed bookmark entitles admittance for participating child and up to three additional guests for general admission only during regular Aquarium hours on the day the tickets are claimed.
  • 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 which may be purchased separately.
  • 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 28, 2017. Blackout dates are October 27, 2017 (Free Fall Friday Night), and November 5, 2017 (Pay What You Want Day), November 24, 2017, and December 9 - 10, 2017 (Dollar Days).

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