Life on the Water

By Kat La Mantia | May 2 2023 | AdultsBlogChildren'sGeneralAllGift

Summer means time being spent by the water. Whether you’re called to bustling family beaches, wild, salty coastlines with swells perfect for surfing, a lakeside party with friends, or a classic New England clam bake, there’s a book on our list for every summer adventure. Explore the beach with kids. Wonder at the beauty in the depths of the ocean. Enjoy fresh coastal eats and tropical drinks at a breezy, sun-drenched dinner party.

See some of our favorite coastal picks below, and then click into our title lists to discover even more!


Ocean Gifts

Coastal Living

Ocean, Beach, and More for Kids

Clark Little: The Art of Waves Puzzle
A Jigsaw Puzzle Featuring Awe-Inspiring Wave Photography from Clark Little: Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults
This stunning 1000-piece puzzle features an awe-inspiring breaking wave from Instagram sensation Clark Little.
$19.99 US
May 02, 2023
10 x 8
1000 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Welcome to the Museum
This stunning new offering from the Welcome to the Museum series guides readers around the world's oceans, from sandy shorelines to the darkest depths.This stunning new offering from the Welcome to the Museum series guides readers around the world's oceans, from sandy shorelines to the darkest depths. Learn about the ocean’s most fascinating animals, including giant whale sharks, tiny tropical fish, and majestic manatees, among many others. With expert text by marine biologist Loveday Trinick and stunning illustrations by Teagan White, travel the world from frozen Arctic seas to shimmering coral reefs, and learn why it is so important that we protect our oceans.
$37.99 US
Apr 05, 2022
10-11/16 x 14-9/16
112 Pages
Big Picture Press
Age 8-12 years

50 Seafood Recipes for Shrimp, Crab, Mussels, Clams, Oysters, Scallops, and Lobster
These fifty delicious and approachable shellfish recipes--which includes shrimp, crab, scallops, oysters, clams, mussels, and lobster--are perfect for busy home cooks who want to create satisfying dishes and who also may be new to cooking with shellfish.
$22.95 US
Mar 15, 2022
6-3/4 x 8
208 Pages
Sasquatch Books

The Seashore Sticker Anthology
With More Than 1,000 Vintage Stickers
Capture the splendor of sea life with this alluring collection of stickers.
$24.99 US
May 03, 2022
6-11/16 x 8-9/16
232 Pages

Little Kids First Nature Guide: Explore the Beach
Companion to the bestselling National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series, this delightful take-along nature guide helps young children find, identify, and learn about the fascinating animals, plants, and other wonders to be found at the seashore.
$9.99 US
May 02, 2023
8 x 8
48 Pages
National Geographic Kids
Age 4-8 years

Surf Shack
Laid-Back Living by the Water
Surfer magazine meets The New Bohemians in a design book of the coolest spaces that surfers call home. Domino magazine contributor Nina Freudenberger and former domino photographer Brittany Ambridge cover 20 aspirational bungalows, coastal cabins, boat houses, and hideaways in California, Montauk, Baja, Australia, and more.
$35.00 US
Apr 11, 2017
8 x 11
272 Pages
Clarkson Potter

At the Water's Edge
A stunning, wanderlust-inspiring collection of travel photography focused on water and coastlines from the premier online curator of travel photography, Tiny Atlas Quarterly.
$35.00 US
May 24, 2022
9 x 11
288 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Look What I Found at the Beach
Open your senses to a world of wonder by taking a walk along the beach!Set off on an adventure and find natural treasures, from spiraled seashells to discarded mermaid's purses. Then learn more about the marine plants and creatures in this fact-filled guide to the outdoors.
$15.99 US
Jun 14, 2022
10-5/8 x 9-13/16
32 Pages
Candlewick Press
Age 2-5 years

Modern Tropical Cocktails
The IACP 2020 winner in the Beer, Wine, & Spirits category, Shannon Mustipher's book on exotic cocktails offers a refreshingly modern take on tiki. With original recipes, techniques, tasting notes and recommendations, and tips on style and music, Tiki is an inspirational resource for cocktail lovers ready to explore fine Caribbean rums.
$29.95 US
Mar 19, 2019
6-1/4 x 8-1/4
192 Pages

100 Dives of a Lifetime
The World's Ultimate Underwater Destinations
Explore 100 breathtaking scuba diving sites around the world--from the cenotes of Mexico to the best wreck in Micronesia--through stunning National Geographic photography, expert tips, and cutting-edge travel advice.
$40.00 US
Feb 26, 2019
8-1/2 x 8-1/2
400 Pages
National Geographic

Mother of Sharks
Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree and globally renowned shark scientist Melissa Cristina Márquez teams up with award-winning illustrator Devin Elle Kurtz to create an informative, powerful picture book. With lyrical writing and gorgeous art, this moving story explores Melissa’s personal journey from inquisitive ocean-loving child in Puerto Rico to becoming the Mother of Sharks.
$19.99 US
May 30, 2023
10 x 10
48 Pages
Penguin Workshop
Age 5-8 years

Paint Pad Artist, The: Coastal Landscapes
6 beautiful pictures to pull out and paint
'This new series from Search Press is simply brilliant and brilliantly simple. Take one look and you'll get it immediately. I just love them.' Henry Malt, Paint MagazineUse the pre-printed outlines on the watercolour paper provided to create six beautiful coastal landscapes from within the UK and Europe - and learn all the skills you need to become an accomplished artist.
$24.95 US
Nov 12, 2019
8-1/2 x 11
Spiral Bound
108 Pages
Search Press

Surfer Magazine
Over its six decades in print (1960-2020) the legendary Surfer magazine was considered to be the bible of surfing and surf culture. This carefully curated anthology, showcasing the best covers and interior pages serves as a quintessential reference guide to the history of surfing, surf style and design.
$55.00 US
Jul 05, 2022
9 x 12
304 Pages

The Science of Surfing: A Surfside Girls Guide to the Ocean
Watch Surfside Girls from Apple TV+!From biology to physics to ecology and beyond, the ocean is packed with science! Ride the waves of knowledge with Sam and Jade as they discover the amazing wonders of the sea, and have a blast doing it.
$9.99 US
Dec 14, 2021
6 x 9
112 Pages
Top Shelf Productions
Age 9-12 years

Recipes for Clambakes, Oysters, Lobster Rolls, and More from a Modern Maine Seafood Shack
Turn your kitchen into your own personal seafood shack and oyster bar with 120 recipes from the James Beard Award-winning restaurant that personifies the allure of Maine.
$30.00 US
Jun 02, 2020
7-3/8 x 9-1/8
272 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Millie Marotta's Secrets of the Sea
Pocket Colouring
A wonderful portable edition of Millie Marotta’s Secrets of the Sea, from the Sunday Times and international bestseller artist.
$9.95 US
Jul 04, 2023
5-9/10 x 5-9/10
96 Pages

Ocean: A Peek-Through Picture Book
The bestselling series that began with Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book now adds an elaborate and beautiful children's book with peek-through holes that show the amazing life in the world's oceans.
$17.99 US
May 28, 2019
9 x 11
32 Pages
Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Age 3-7 years

Discover the untold story of African surf culture in this glorious and colorful collection of profiles, essays, photographs, and illustrations.
$40.00 US
Jun 15, 2021
8-15/32 x 11-1/32
320 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Mermaid Dreams
Mermaids come in all shapes and sizes! In this sweet picture book, a shy little girl goes on a magical underwater adventure filled with adorable mermaids, silly sea creatures, games with new friends and wonderful surprises!
$17.99 US
Apr 30, 2019
8-1/2 x 9-1/2
32 Pages
Tundra Books
Age 3-7 years

Recipes and stories from Italy's Adriatic Coast
A beautifully crafted cookbook that charts the food traditions in the towns that skirt the coastline of Italy's striking Adriatic Sea
$35.00 US
Sep 25, 2018
8-1/4 x 10-1/2
304 Pages
Smith Street Books