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’s inception in 2016, more than 10,000 Baltimore-area students have read more than 51,000 books, enabling them to explore the Aquarium free of charge with their families.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Throughout the month of October 2019, Baltimore-area 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 December 31, 2019, 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!

Books on the Read to Reef List

Read to Me

“Octopus Oyster Hermit Crab Snail: A Poem of the Sea” by Sara Anderson
“The Earth and I” by Frank Asch
“Hooray for Fish!” by Lucy Cousins
“Rainforest” by Julia Groves
“All the Water in the World” by George Ella Lyon
“Breathe” by Scott Magoon
“Hey, Water!” by Antoinette Portis
“Anywhere Farm” by Phyllis Root
“I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean” by Kevin Sherry
“Sandy Feet! Whose Feet?: Footprints at the Shore” by Susan Wood

Read Together

“My Visit to the Aquarium” by Aliki
“Galápagos Girl | Galapagueña” by Marsha Diane Arnold
“Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon
“The Sequoia Lives On” by Joanna Cooke
“Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish” by Janet Halfmann
“The Earth Book” by Todd Parr
“Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle” by Miranda Paul
“Like A Lizard” by April Pulley Sayre
“About Fish: A Guide for Children | Sobre Los Peces: Una guía para niños” by Cathryn Sill
“The Water Princess” by Susan Verde

Read on My Own

“A House for Hermit Crab” OR “Una casa par el cangrejo ermitaño” by Eric Carle
“Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau” by Jennifer Berne
“The Truth About Crocodiles: Seriously Funny Facts About Your Favorite Animals” by Maxwell Eaton III
“The Frog Book” by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
“Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist” by Jess Keating
“Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years” by Stacy McAnulty
“The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs” by Kate Messner
“¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!: Descubriendo el bosque nublado | Olinguito, from A to Z!: Unveiling the Cloud Forest” by Lulu Delacre
“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

Read for a Challenge

“Superlative Birds” by Leslie Bulion
“Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor” by Robert Burleigh
“Science Comics: Sharks: Nature’s Perfect Hunter” by Joe Flood
“What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet” by Jess French
“The Magic and Mystery of Trees” by Jen Green
“Dolphins! Strange and Wonderful” by Laurence Pringle
“Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere” by Barb Rosenstock
“Waterman’s Boy” OR “Suspenso en la bahía” by Susan Sharpe
“The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science” by Joyce Sidman
“One Well: The Story of Water on Earth” by Rochelle Strauss