By the Sea, by the Sea, by the Beautiful Sea… 


Come and celebrate with us – June 8th is World Oceans Day! Here is a diverse selection of titles (nonfiction and fiction) in the Overdrive Library that are all related to Oceans.

Investigating the Earth's Oceans

Investigating Earth’s Oceans by Britannica Publishing

Contained in the immensity and depths of the Earth’s oceans, many of the planet’s species and resources thrive far away from the reaches of human civilization. With expanses that have yet to be discovered and enormous reservoirs of untapped potential, oceans provide fodder for all manners of research. This informative volume describes the features and properties of the bodies of water that make up 70 percent of the world’s surface as well as the various branches of oceanography dedicated to studying all aspects of the ocean and its life forms.

Ocean Habitats

Ocean Habitats Grades 1-3 by Evan Moor Publishing

Cross-curricular activities about ocean habitats! Four pocket projects help your students learn about special ocean habitats. Pocket 1: The Tide Pool—Teacher Information Tide Pool Minibook Bat Stars Hermit Crab Pull-tab Project Pocket 2: The Kelp Forest—Teacher Information A Different Kind of Forest Animals of the Kelp Forest Pocket 3: The Deep Sea—Teacher Information Lights of Their Own—Crayon Resist Pocket 4: The Open Sea—Teacher Information Thumbprint School of Fish Big Fish and Little Fish Mobile

Ocean, Tidal and Wave Energy

Ocean, Tidal and Wave Energy by Lynn Peppas

The natural movement of water has long been used to create energy. New forms of hydropower are being researched as alternative ways to create clean renewable energy. This remarkable new book describes how water flow is being used in tidal and wave energy farms, and how the oceans contain enough heat in the surface water to power the world! Case studies highlight the potential advantages and disadvantages of pursuing these different kinds of power.

20000 Leagues Under the sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (in audiobook format)

An American frigate, tracking down a ship-sinking monster, faces not a living creature but an incredible invention — a fantastic submarine commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo. Suddenly a devastating explosion leaves just three survivors, who find themselves prisoners inside Nemo’s death ship on an underwater odyssey around the world from the pearl-laden waters of Ceylon to the icy dangers of the South Pole . . .as Captain Nemo, one of the greatest villians ever created, takes his revenge on all society.

The Music of the Dolphins

The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse (in audiobook format)

The Coast Guard is shocked when they rescue a child from the waters off Florida. Her long, wild hair and the barnacles attached to her skin initially lead them to think that they have discovered a mermaid. However, they are even more amazed to discover that this is a young girl that has been raised by dolphins after losing her family at sea. They name her Mila.

Eager to learn more about this child, as well as the marine environment she was raised in, scientists take her to Boston University to be studied. Here Mila learns about her human body and mind, including the joys of using her hands, the ability to communicate with words, and most of all, the gift of playing music. But soon Mila learns that there is a darker side to humans, a manipulative nature that often frustrates her. She is torn between her new life with these confusing creatures and her longing to return to her uncomplicated dolphin family.

The Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins Novel studyIsland of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell in Ebook and Audiobook as well as a Novel Study

Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as the island of San Nicholas. Dolphins flash in the blue waters around it, sea otter play in the vast kelp beds, and sea elephants loll on the stony beaches.

Here, in the early 1800s, according to history, an Indian girl spent eighteen years alone, and this beautifully written novel is her story. It is a romantic adventure filled with drama and heartache, for not only was mere subsistence on so desolate a spot a near miracle, but Karana had to contend with the ferocious pack of wild dogs that had killed her younger brother, constantly guard against the Aleutian sea otter hunters, and maintain a precarious food supply.

More than this, it is an adventure of the spirit that will haunt the reader long after the book has been put down. Karana’s quiet courage, her Indian self-reliance and acceptance of fate, transform what to many would have been a devastating ordeal into an uplifting experience. From loneliness and terror come strength and serenity in this Newbery Medal-winning classic.

The Odyssey

The Odyssey Classic Starts by Homer

Homer’s epic tale of the warrior Odysseus’s decades-long struggle to return home after the Trojan War is simply and beautifully retold, with all the drama intact. Young readers will thrill at Odysseus’s adventures with the man-eating Cyclops; the enchantress Circe, who turns his crew into pigs; and the angry sea god Poseidon.

Keep the Lights Burning Abbie

Keep the Lights Burning Abbie by Connie Roop

Abbie was afraid. She had never had to keep the lights burning by herself. But many lives depended on the lighthouse, and Papa was depending on Abbie. This is the exciting true story of Abbie Burgess, who in 1856 single-handedly kept the lighthouse lamps lit during a tremendous storm off the coast of Maine.

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  1. What great suggestions! My 4th grade teacher read ‘Island of the Blue Dolphins’ aloud to my class, and I remember just how much everyone loved it. It was definitely a tear-jerker in many places. I hope that some of the teachers reading this take some of your suggestions for their own classes. They’re sure to build a lot of great memories.


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