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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

  • "Chesapeake ABC" by Priscilla Cummings
  • "Puffin Peter" by Petr Horáček
  • "All the Water in the World" by 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
  • "Swallow the Leader" by Kevin Sherry
  • "Octopus Alone" by Divya Srinivasan
  • "Bring on the Birds" by Susan Stockdale

Read Together

  • "My Visit to the Aquarium" by Aliki
  • "Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights" by W.H. Beck
  • "Stellaluna" by Janell Cannon
  • "Mister Seahorse" by Eric Carle
  • "Turtles in My Sandbox" OR "Las tortugas en mi cajón de arena" by Jennifer Keats Curtis
  • "Frog Song" by Brenda Z. Guiberson
  • "The Earth Book" by Todd Parr
  • "Hello Ocean | Hola mar" by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • "A Bird is a Bird" by Lizzy Rockwell
  • "Floatsam" by David Wiesner

Read on My Own

  • "Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau" by Jennifer Berne
  • "Coral Reefs" by Jason Chin
  • "Follow the Moon Home" by Phillipe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson
  • "Moonlight Crab Count" OR "Contando los cangrejos herradura a la luz de la luna" by Dr. Neeti Bathala and Jennifer Keats Curtis
  • "¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! : descubriendo el bosque nublado | Olinguito, from A to Z! : Unveiling the Cloud Forest" by Lulu Delacre
  • "A Day in the Salt Marsh" OR "Un día en la marisma salada" by Kevin Kurtz
  • "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
  • "What Happens to Our Trash" by D.J. Ward
  • "If Sharks Disappeared" by Lily Williams

Read for a Challenge

  • "Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor" by Robert Burleigh
  • "Coral Reefs" by Gail Gibbons
  • "Sea Slime" OR "Mucosa marina" by Ellen Prager
  • "Waterman's Boy" OR "Suspenso en la bahía" by Susan Sharpe
  • "The Secret Bay" by Kimberly Ridley
  • "Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean" by Maris Wicks
  • "How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming" by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch
  • "The Great White Shark Scientist" by Sy Montgomery
  • "Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life" by Jim Arnosky
  • "Octopuses!: Strange and Wonderful" by Kate Walker

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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 March 1, 2018, through March 31, 2018, or while supplies last.

You have until June 17, 2018, to complete your reading and visit the Aquarium with your completed bookmark.

Blackout dates for this season are March 30, 2018, and May 26, 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 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 17, 2018. Blackout dates are March 30, 2018, and May 26, 2018.

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