Have you heard about The National Aquarium’s new Read to Reef Book Club program with Enoch Pratt Library? It’s pretty (cool). Essentially, elementary school-aged kids who read five aquatic-related books can get FREE admission to the Aquarium!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Stop by any Enoch Pratt Free Library branch to pick up a Read to Reef bookmark for your age level. (Age levels range from under age 5 to fifth grade.)
  2. Borrow, read (or listen to someone read to you) and check off five or more books listed on the bookmark. You can also find the book list here.
  3. Bring your bookmark to any Pratt Library branch by April 30 to receive a voucher for four complimentary tickets to the National Aquarium in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Vouchers are subject to availability while supplies last. Blackout dates apply.
  4. Fill out the necessary information on the voucher sleeve and bring both the sleeve and voucher to the National Aquarium’s ticket center before June 19, 2016, to exchange it for four admission tickets.

We know what you’re thinking: what kind of books are on the list? Many our favorites of ours (you know… because there is something delightfully fishy about them!) and some are new ones we can’t wait to explore! Here are the recommended booklists for each age group… although we do want to note that kids aren’t limited to just books on this list. They can ask the children’s librarian at your Enoch Pratt Free Library branch for a recommendation!

under age 5

  • “Octopus Oyster Hermit Crab Snail” by Sara Anderson
  • “Hooray for Fish!” by Lucy Cousins
  • “Chesapeake ABC” by Priscilla Cummings
  • “The Pout-Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen
  • “Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On” by Lois Ehlert
  • “All the Water in the World” by George Ella Lyon
  • “Wow! Ocean!” by Robert Neubecker
  • “Ocean Babies” by Deborah Lee Rose
  • “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean” by Kevin Sherry
  • “Bring on the Birds” by Susan Stockdale

kindergarten to first grade

  • “My Visit to the Aquarium” by Aliki
  • “Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme” by Marianne Berkes
  • “Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef” by Marianne Berkes
  • “The Umbrella” by Jan Brett
  • “Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon
  • “Mister Seahorse” by Eric Carle
  • “Sesame Subjects: My First Book About Fish” by Kama Einhorn
  • “Swimmy” by Leo Lionni
  • “The Earth Book” by Todd Parr
  • “Flotsam” by David Wiesner

second grade to third grade

  • “Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau” by Jennifer Berne
  • “A House for a Hermit Crab” by Eric Carle
  • “The Magic School Bus: On the Ocean Floor” by Joanna Cole
  • “Water Sings Blue” by Kate Coombs
  • “Dolphin Baby!” by Nicola Davies
  • “Recycle! A Handbook For Kids” by Gail Gibbons
  • “Max Goes to the Recycling Center” by Adria Klein
  • “Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle” by Claire A. Nivola
  • “Why are the Ice Caps Melting?: The Dangers of Global Warming” by Anne Rockwell
  • “Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!” by April Pulley Sayre

fourth grade to fifth grade

  • “Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas” by Molly Bang
  • “Hotel Deep: Light Verse from Dark Water” by Kurt Cyrus
  • “Alien Deep: Revealing the Mysterious Living World at the Bottom of the Ocean” by Bradley Hague
  • “Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea” by Steve Jenkins
  • “Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World” by Steve Jenkins
  • “Gone Fishing: Ocean Life by the Numbers” by David McLimans
  • “A Place for Fish” by Melissa Stewart
  • “A Place for Turtles” by Melissa Stewart
  • “One Well: The Story of Water on Earth” by Rochelle Strauss
  • “Plastic Bottles and Bags” by Kate Walker