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Under the Sea Stories

The Snail and The Whale

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

A wonderful adventure around the world with the snail and the whale. Wonderful animated vesion can be found at


Commotion in the Ocean

Giles Andreae

A collection of poems about sea creatures. Great for helping your child to recognise rhyme.


The Storm Whale

Benji Davies

Noi lives by the sea with his fisherman father and life there can feel pretty lonely sometimes. When Noi discovers a little whale washed up on the beach, he takes it home to care for it in his bath tub. But there are two problems; the first is that keeping it a secret from his dad will be tougher than he thinks and the second is that whales really belong in the depths of the sea



Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

An absolute favourite! Tiddler is a fish who is always late for school. Every day he arrives with a different tall story about why he is not there on time, until one day he finds himself caught up in a big adventure that will make him very, very late indeed! A fun, rhyming story with a repeated refrain. 


Join in with this dramatic retelling

or listen to the story


Rainbow Fish

Marcus Pfister

Another favourite about a little fish who doesn't want to share. Read along to find out what happens when he does share. 


you can listen to a fantastic retelling here

or watch an animated version


Hooray for Fish

Lucy Cousins

Here at BooksForTopics HQ we are big fans of Lucy Cousins' bright and colourful artwork. This simple rhyming text showcases a whole host of imaginative fish in all their splendour, including ele-fish, eye fish and curly-wurly fish! This is a great book to get imaginations whirring in EYFS.


Secrets of the Seashore: A Shine-a-Light Book

Carron Brown & Alyssa Nassner

We absolutely adore Shine-a-Light books. These wonderfully engaging picture books invite readers to interact by shining a torch through each page to reveal hidden details in the pictures, such as the tiny creatures hiding in the rock pool or mussel shells gently opening beneath the shore line.  The pictures, hidden images and text work together to create perfectly interactive information books that both delight and intrigue their readers. Remember to supply a torch too!

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