It’s back! Have you heard about The National Aquarium’s 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. Throughout the month of March 2017, Baltimore children in fifth grade and younger may visit any Enoch Pratt Free Library branch and show their library card to receive a Read to Reef bookmark while supplies last.
  2. Check out the list of the National Aquarium’s favorite aquatic or conservation-themed books or ask your librarian for suggestions. Borrow, read or listen to someone read any five of these books and record them on your Read to Reef bookmark.
  3. Bring your completed bookmark to the National Aquarium’s ticket center before June 11, 2017, to exchange it for up to four admission tickets to be used that day. (Blackout dates include April 14, 2017, and May 27, 2017.)

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!

about the program


  • “Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights” by W.H. Beck
  • “Puffin Peter” by Petr Horáček
  • “We’re Roaming in the Rainforest” by Laurie Krebs
  • “Breathe” by Scott Magoon
  • “Following Papa’s Song” by Gianna Marino
  • “Life in a Coral Reef” by Wendy Pfeffer
  • “Water Can Be” by Laura Purdie Salas
  • “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean” by Kevin Sherry
  • “Octopus Alone” by Divya Srinivasan
  • “Bring on the Birds” by Susan Stockdale

read together

  • “My Visit to the Aquarium” by Aliki
  • “Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon
  • “Mister Seahorse” by Eric Carle
  • “Turtles in My Sandbox” by Jennifer Keats Curtis
  • “Frog Song” by Brenda Z. Guiberson
  • “Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish” by Janet Halfmann
  • “Octopuses One to Ten” by Ellen Jackson
  • “Otters Love to Play” by Jonathan London
  • “Water Is Water” by Miranda Paul
  • “A Bird is a Bird” by Lizzy Rockwell

read on my own

  • “Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau” by Jennifer Berne
  • “Coral Reefs” by Jason Chin
  • “¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! : descubriendo el bosque nublado” or “Olinguito, from A to Z! : unveiling the cloud forest” by Lulu Delacre
  • “The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea” by Brenda Z. Guiberson
  • “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
  • “Looking Closely Along the Shore” by Frank Serafini
  • “High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs” by Lisa Kahn Schnell
  • “A Place for Fish” by Melissa Stewart
  • “What Happens to Our Trash?” by D.J. Ward

read for a challenge

  • “Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor” by Robert Burleigh
  • “How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming” by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch
  • “Coral Reefs” by Gail Gibbons
  • “Journey Into the Deep: discovering new ocean creatures” by Rebecca L. Johnson
  • “The Great White Shark Scientist” by Sy Montgomery
  • “Octopuses!: strange and wonderful” by Laurence Pringle
  • “The Secret Pool” by Kimberly Ridley
  • “Waterman’s Boy | Suspenso en la Bahía” by Susan Sharpe
  • “One Well: The Story of Water on Earth” by Rochelle Strauss
  • “Fish Facts” by Geoff Swinney


Image courtesy of the National Aquarium.