Best Books for Kids to Read on Vacation

Whether you’re trying to pass on your passion for offshore adventure to your children, or simply helping them get excited for an upcoming sailing vacation, there are plenty of sea-worthy books to choose from. Here are some of our favorite saltwater-inspired tales for your skippers-in-training to enjoy before, during, or after your family’s unforgettable yacht charter vacation:

Children’s Storybooks (Pre-K – 2nd grade)

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Sail Away

By: Donald Crews

 

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A House for Hermit Crab

By: Eric Carle

 

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Where the Wild Things Are

By: Maurice Sendak

 

 

 

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Amelia Bedelia Sets Sail

By: Herman Parish

 

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Commotion in the Ocean

By: Giles Andreae

 

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The Maggie B

By: Irene Haas

 

Chapter Books (Various Levels)

 

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James and the Giant Peach

By: Roald Dahl (1st – 6thgrade)

 

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Storm Boy

By: Colin Thiele (3rd – 6th grade)

 

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

By: Scott O’Dell (2nd – 5thgrade)

 

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The Swiss Family Robinson

By: Johann David Wyss (5th grade +)

 

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The Cay

By: Theodore Taylor (5th grade +)

 

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Sea Legs

By: Alex Shearer (5th – 9th grade)

 

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Carry on, Mr. Bowditch

By: Jean Lee Latham (7th grade +)

 

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Call it Courage

By: Armstrong Sperry (7th grade +)

 

For high school students and adult-level reading, please see our Best Books to Read on Vacation blog post.

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