I was talking to the teacher of Giraffe class about their work in the next summer term when they will be looking at a topic of the ‘Seaside’.
We were talking about the best books to choose to use with this Year One class and after a few tweets Joy Simpson commented that this would create a good blog post. I have decided to use the blog post to list books which could be used but also to ask reader to suggest any others of which they may be aware. The teacher is looking for one text to drive the topic and other texts to use during the topic.
The class will be immersed in the topic and will have an indoor beach and so role play will be at the heart of some of use of some texts.
I will revisit thisÂ blog and add more details on each text as I find more examples. I suspect that this could turn into a bit of a labour of love.
Commotion in the Ocean – Giles Andrae Written by the man who brought you Purple Ronnie this wonderful rhyming book this book has one short poem per fish or mammal – crab, whale, shark, lobster, angel fish and will absolutely entrance children.
The Seal Children – Jackie Morris
A lovely bookÂ from this West Walean author ilustrator (who has added comments to this post). Her website shows the beautiful range of illustrations and books she has worked on. When a fisherman called Huw falls in love with a selkie – half-woman, half-seal – she gives him her sealskin as a sign of her love, and bears him two children, Ffion and Morlo, before returning to her own people. A few years later a stranger comes to the village, telling of a land far away, and Ffion and Morlo remember their mother’s stories of the cities of gold and pearls beneath the waves…This is a beautiful, atmospheric story of love and freedom. (taken from Amazon)
The Seal Surfer – Michael Foreman
A beautiful, beautiful book which tells the story of a very special friendship between a young boy and a seal istarted when the boy is present when the young seal pup is born. When the seal grows one summer the boy goes surfing, he is delighted when his seal friend joins in. When the seal saves his life, their bond becomes unbreakable and as the two grow older, their friendship is maintained. Another example of Michael Foreman’s storytelling skills and his fantastic illustration style.
Lucy and Tom at the Seaside – Shirley Hughes
Once upon a tide – Tony Mitton
On a tall, tall cliff – Andrew Murray
The Lighthouse keeper’s lunch – Ronda Armitage
Tiddler the storytelling fish – Julia Donaldson
Katie Morag – Mairi Hedderwick
Winnie the witch at the seaside – Valerie Thomas
Sister Seahorse – Eric Carle
Sneakers the seaside cat – Margaret Wise Brown and Anne Mortimer
Seaside poems – Jill Bennett andÂ Nick Sharratt
Sharing a shell – Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks
A Seaside Alphabet – Donna Grassby
Gilbert the Great – Jane Clarke
Starlight Sailor – James Mayhew and Jackie Morris
Sally and the limpet – Simon James
Wet pebbles under our feet – Manya Stojic
The Sand Horse – Ann Turnbull
Grandma’s beach – Rosalind Beardshaw
Come away from the water, Shirley – JohnÂ Burningham
The big, big sea – Martin Waddell
Saving Sinbad – Michael Foreman
Big B lue Whale – Nicola Davies
Seahorse the shyest fish in the sea – Chris Butterworth and John Lawrence
The Shrimp – Emily Smith
The Fossil Girl – Catherine Brighton
Obviously some of these are about sealife rather than beaches so I will need to categorise them – any suggestions gratefully accepted.