Nautical Themed Books for Babies and Toddlers

Updated: Jun 16

If you are planning a nautical-themed nursery or room for a toddler, then this post is for you. Here are nautical-themed children's books that will rock a book wall display in the nursery or toddler room. They'd also make fantastic baby shower gifts!


When picking the theme of your baby's room, there are so many to choose from. My top favorite is the nautical theme or any theme related to the sea and ocean. Maybe it's because I'm an island girl, and the ocean feels like home. Perhaps it is because it just feels cool and relaxing. In fact, it's the theme I choose for my firstborn.


Scroll down to view nautical-inspired books for your child's room. In a hurry? Click on the quick links to view books on amazon.com. Not only are the following books visually pleasing, but they are great choices for storytime and great for supporting your child's development. *This post may contain affiliate links and I may earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases*


Quick Links:

  1. Swimmy

  2. A B Seas a Nautical Alphabet

  3. The Big Book of the Blue

  4. Alphabet Boats

  5. Hello Lighthouse

  6. Baby Beluga

  7. Where do Speedboats Sleep at Night?

  8. Poky, the Turtle Patrol

  9. The Little Island

  10. Deep in the Ocean













Swimmy

by Leo Lionni

Reading age: 2 - 6 years

Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Honor!


Dive down into the deep blue sea, where there lives a happy school of fish. But, it so happens that the school of fish is afraid to come out of hiding. It takes a brave little fish, named Swimmy, to teach them that with ingenuity and teamwork they can overcome their fears.




A B Seas

by Dana E. Raynor


Perfect for beach lovers!


A charming children's book written by a mother of two. A B Seas - A Nautical Alphabet, features catching rhymes as it goes over every letter of the alphabet (from Anchor to Zooplankton). The beautiful illustrations are hand-drawn.



The Big Book of the Blue

by Yuval Zommer

Reading age: 2 - 5 years


The Big Book of the Blue is filled with facts about animals of the ocean. It is beautifully illustrated, bringing to life the most amazing, scariest, strangest, and monstrous underwater creatures.




Alphabet Boats

by Samantha R. Vamos

Reading age: 3 - 7 years

A learn the alphabet book for kids who love boats!


Integrating upper case letters, Alphabet Boats has 26 different types of vessels. One for each letter of the alphabet. From familiar vessels such as the canoe and motorboat to the more unusual ones such as the umiak and q-boat.



Hello Lighthouse

by Sophie Blackall

Reading age: 3 - 6 years

Two-time Caldecott Medal award winner!


Step back in time to discover the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family. Hello Lighthouse is a charming children's picture book with extraordinarily beautiful illustrations.






Baby Beluga

by Raffi

Reading age: 1 - 3 years

"You're just a little white whale on the go"


An ideal sing-along book to help encourage and support your child's speech and development.




Where do Speed Boats Sleep at Night?

by Brianna Caplan Sayres

Reading age: 3 - 7 years


Sailing off to dreamland!

What do little speedboats do when it's time for bed? Clean up, have a snack, wash up, and get "docked" to sleep by their parents.



Poky, the Turtle Patrol

by Diana Kanan

Reading age: 3 - 8 years


Whimsical Rhymes and Watercolor Illustrations!


Oh no! Pokey has missed the race! When baby turtle, Pokey, hatches he realizes that he has missed the great sea turtle race. Throughout the story, he meets several beach friends which try to help by offering advice on how he can complete the race. But wait...he is not the last turtle to hatch, there is one more. The race is on!




The Little Island

by Margaret Wise Brown

Reading age: 2 - 5 years


No matter how small, we are all an important part of the world!

From the author of Goodnight Moon, The Little Island is a picture book about the magic of nature.

A moving story centers around a little island in the middle of the ocean, and a curious kitten that comes to visit. Throughout the seasons, the island visitors experience the island's changing sights smells, and sounds.


Deep in the Ocean

by Lucie Brunelliere

Reading age: 3 -5

Immersive!

Dive into the ocean aboard the submarine Oceanos. Explore the depth of the ocean from the glittering surface to the dark abyss. Deep in the Ocean takes readers on a fascinating journey through the waters. Beautiful colors of ink are used throughout its illustrations. As a bonus, you can download a free soundtrack that allows readers to feel fully immersed in the underwater world.




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