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!


  • "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
  • "Following Papa’s Song" by Gianna Marino
  • "Life in a Coral Reef" by Wendy Pfeffer
  • "Water Can Be" by Laura Purdie Salas
  • "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
  • "Stellaluna" by Janell Cannon
  • "Mister Seahorse" by Eric Carle
  • "Turtles in My Sandbox" by Jennifer Keats Curtis
  • "Frog Song" by Brenda Z. Guiberson
  • "Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish" by Janet Halfmann
  • "Octopuses One to Ten" by Ellen Jackson
  • "Otters Love to Play" by Jonathan London
  • "Water Is Water" by Miranda Paul
  • "A Bird is a Bird" by Lizzy Rockwell

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" or "Olinguito, from A to Z! : unveiling the cloud forest" by Lulu Delacre
  • "The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea" by Brenda Z. Guiberson
  • "Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle" by Claire A. Nivola
  • "One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia" by Miranda Paul
  • "Looking Closely Along the Shore" by Frank Serafini
  • "High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs" by Lisa Kahn Schnell
  • "A Place for Fish" by Melissa Stewart
  • "What Happens to Our Trash?" by D.J. Ward

Read for a Challenge

  • "Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor" by Robert Burleigh
  • "How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming" by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch
  • "Coral Reefs" by Gail Gibbons
  • "Journey Into the Deep: discovering new ocean creatures" by Rebecca L. Johnson
  • "The Great White Shark Scientist" by Sy Montgomery
  • "Octopuses!: strange and wonderful" by Laurence Pringle
  • "The Secret Pool" by Kimberly Ridley
  • "Waterman’s Boy | Suspenso en la Bahía" by Susan Sharpe
  • "One Well: The Story of Water on Earth" by Rochelle Strauss
  • "Fish Facts" by Geoff Swinney

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About Read to Reef

Who can participate?

Baltimore 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 March 1, 2017, through March 31, 2017, or while supplies last.

You have until June 11, 2017, to complete your reading and visit the Aquarium with your completed bookmark.

Blackout dates include April 14, 2017, and May 27, 2017.

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 June 11, 2017. Blackout dates are April 14, 2017, and May 27, 2017.

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