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!

Since the program started in 2016, 26,315 books have been read by 5,263 children from across the Baltimore area. The National Aquarium has welcomed 19,664 guests.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Throughout the month of March 2018, 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 17, 2018, to exchange it for up to four admission tickets to be used that day. 

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! Below, find 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!

read to reef book club at the national aquarium - (cool) progeny

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