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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!

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Read to Me

  • "One Day On Our Blue Planet … In the Ocean" by Ella Bailey
  • "Rainforest" by Julia Groves
  • "Puffin Peter" by Petr Horáček
  • "All the Water in the World" by George Ella Lyon
  • "Following Papa's Song" by Gianna Marino
  • "Life in a Coral Reef" by Wendy Pfeffer
  • "En el mar" by Roger Priddy
  • "Anywhere Farm" by Phyllis Root
  • "Octopus Alone" by Divya Srinivasan
  • "Hello Humpback!" by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd

Read Together

  • "My Visit to the Aquarium" by Aliki
  • "Sea Creatures from the Sky" by Ricardo Cortés
  • "Turtle Pond" by James Gladstone
  • "Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World" by Christy Hale
  • "Hello Ocean | Hola mar" by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • "The Earth Book" by Todd Parr
  • "Ana and the Sea Star" by R. Lynne Roelfs
  • "About Fish | Sobre los peces" by Cathryn Sill
  • "About Habitats: Seashores" by Cathryn Sill
  • "The Big Book of the Blue" by Yuval Zommer

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
  • "Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin" by Michelle Cusolito
  • "Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth" by Nicola Davies
  • "The Truth About Dolphins: Seriously Funny Facts About Your Favorite Animals" by Maxwell Eaton III
  • "Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist" by Jess Keating
  • "Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years" by Stacy McAnulty
  • "I Am the Rain" by John Paterson
  • "One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia" by Miranda Paul
  • "The Secret Pool" by Kimberly Ridley
  • "Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement" by Stephanie Roth Sisson

Read for a Challenge

  • "Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor" by Robert Burleigh
  • "Dolphins: Voices in the Ocean" by Susan Casey
  • "How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming" by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch
  • "Sharkpedia" by DK
  • "The Orca Scientists" by Kim Perez Valice
  • "Sea Slime: It's Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea" OR "Mucosa marina: Es Pegajosa, Asquerosa Y En El Océano … Fabulosa" by Ellen Prager
  • "Octopuses!: Strange and Wonderful" by Laurence Pringle
  • "The Secret Bay" by Kimberly Ridley
  • "Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere" by Barb Rosenstock
  • "Waterman's Boy" OR "Suspenso en la Bahía" by Susan Sharpe

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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?

When does the program end?

Bookmarks are available at all Enoch Pratt Free Library branches beginning October 1, 2018, through October 31, 2018, or while supplies last.

You have until December 29, 2018, to complete your reading and visit the Aquarium with your completed bookmark.

Blackout dates for this season are October 26, 2018; November 4, 2018; November 23, 2018; December 8, 2018; and December 9, 2018.

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 4D 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 29, 2018. Blackout dates are October 26, 2018; November 4, 2018; November 23, 2018; December 8, 2018; and December 9, 2018.

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