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20+ books on marine and coastal wildlife, including books for children

Take a dive into the watery depths of our oceans, soar over the waves, or explore fascinating rock pools on the coastline, with this wide range of books on marine and coastal wildlife.

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We’ve reviewed more than 20 of the best books on marine and coastal wildlife to put together this selection together. There’s something for everyone, with books on whales, sharks, rock pools, seabirds, bizarre deep sea creatures, as well as a section on books on marine and coastal wildlife for children. This article focuses on nature writing and popular science books, rather than identification guides.


Browse our reviews below – with details of how to purchase each book from a variety of retailers.

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By Roger Morgan-Grenville. Published by Icon Books, £16.99.

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A captivating mix of memoir, travel and ornithological obsession, this book tracks both the physical ocean wanderings of the manx shearwater (from nest to adulthood) alongside the intellectual journeys the bird carves in the mind of the author (from boyhood discoveries on Mull, to military service and a naturalist’s enduring curiosity).

En route, down the wild Atlantic edge from Rum to Scilly, the author interacts with conservationists, scientists, landowners and NGOs devoted to seabird research and public engagement. There are necessary nods to those pioneers of island ecology and bird behaviour who shaped our contemporary understandings and the impressive new generation of devoted PhD students providing fresh insights to inform twenty-first century marine conservation policy.

Human stories, of success and failure, sit alongside epic avian journeys. A book not just for seabirders or island-addicts, but for all who have ever gazed longingly out to sea and pondered vast possibilities and connections.

Reviewed by Dr Rob Lambert, academic and birder

The Brilliant Abyss

By Helen Scales. Published by Bloomsbury, £16.99.

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The Brilliant Abyss

The deep sea is an alien realm that both strikes fear and awe in our hearts. Few have been able to see this dark world with their own eyes and scientists and just beginning to understand how vital it is.

So, as a fellow marine biologist, I am thankful that Helen Scales brings the mysterious zone alive for all through the well written The Brilliant Abyss, introducing readers to a slew of astonishing creatures and the unique ways they thrive in the frigid depths. Through her eyes we explore our relationship with the deep and are forced to ponder how we can better protect this delicate ecosystem against human effluence.

Altogether, a fantastic read for anyone interested in the deep sea!

Reviewed by Melissa Cristina Marquez, marine biologist


By Rebecca Giggs. Published by Scribe Publications, £20.00.

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Much has been written about whales and Rebecca Giggs finds plenty more to say and think about in Fathoms. With distinctive prose, as philosophical as scientific, this is a challenging and illuminating portrait of the oceans’ great cetaceans and what they mean to people. Not long ago, they were a triumphant conservation success story and yet, since most industrial harpoons were packed away, whales have come to face a gamut of other anthropogenic troubles.

Giggs brings fresh perspectives to notorious issues of noise, plastic and chemical pollution, while asking bigger questions. What, for instance, is the essence of the whales’ charisma? Simply their grand size, or something else besides? Weaving from the politics of modern-day whaling to the ecology of whale-endemic, crustacean hitchhikers, Giggs repeatedly turns the mirror on humanity, probing our capacity for change and considering ways to remain, as she says, “compassionately engaged with distant, unmet things.”

Reviewed by Helen Scales, marine biologist

Strange Sea Creatures

By Eric Hoyt. Published by Firefly Books Ltd, £19.95.

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A young wunderpus octopus, staring you right in the eye, is the perfect choice for the opening spread of Eric Hoyt’s latest book celebrating the oceans’ wonders. It’s the first of a pageant of night-time vertical migrators that, for me, are the most compelling images in this book.

Page after page, we see the surprising shapes, colours and intricate details of secretive animals – many in their juvenile forms – that dash to the surface on nocturnal forays. Hoyt’s curated collection of images from various underwater photographers continues into the deep twilight zone and onto the seabed, showcasing the mesmerising range of life far beneath the waves.

Reviewed by Helen Scales, marine biologist

Emperors of the Deep

By William McKeever. Published by HarperCollins, £20.00.

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This is a wonderful new book covering the biology of sharks, their ecological importance, and the threats they face. Though it mainly focuses on the ‘big four’ (great whites, tigers, makos and hammerheads), McKeever does showcase several other species. The book gradually shifts from the misunderstood predators and drifts into the impact the fishing industry has (overfishing, shark finning, etc) before returning to the sharks themselves.

The book is not necessarily perfect from a scientific standpoint – the term apex predator is often misused, for example. Still, it puts forth an incredible amount of effort into educating a reader that has limited prior knowledge on the subject – a fantastic beginner read.

Reviewed by Melissa Christina Márquez, marine biologist


By Mark Kurlansky. Published by Oneworld Publications, £20.00.

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Few fish can be as iconic as the salmon – impacting our history, hobbies and indeed livelihoods. Kurlansky’s Salmon perfectly illustrates this. He takes us on a journey, discovering the people on the ground working with the king of fish – both in the Pacific, with the nets men catching salmon, as well as closer to home with Atlantic salmon, of which there’s thought to only be 1.5 million left. For context, 62 million sockeye salmon were recorded in 2018.

Kurlansky leaps (no pun intended) into subjects such as hatcheries, salmon’s life-cycle and the impact humans have on this very special fish. It’s a varied book that any angler, naturalist, and even cook (there’s a recipe for Swedish salmon pudding!) will thoroughly enjoy.

Reviewed by Jack Perks, wildlife photographer

A Lifetime in Galápagos

By Tui De Roy. Published by Bloomsbury, £40.00.

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Belgian photographer Tui De Roy was raised in the Galápagos, having arrived in extraordinary, Edenic Ecuadoran archipelago with her parents at the age of just two. Part-photobook and part-memoir, Life In Galápagos is the result of what is now her five-decades-long Galápagoan odyssey.

De Roy’s photography of endemic wildlife is of course exemplary, but some of her landscape shots are otherworldly. Rough-hewn cliffs battered by storms, lava rivers oozing from volcanos, sumptuous celestial photography – each a reminder that the Galápagos is much more than an island safari experience. The archipelago’s most recognisable stars are heavily featured, too, from marine iguanas to giant tortoises to Galápagos sharks and penguins.

The Galápagos is perhaps only second to Antarctica as a destination where animals are naïve enough not to flee the moment they encounter humans. It’s the sort of place that can make a publishable photographer of even a smartphone-wielding tourist there for just a week.

Considering the extraordinary access to fauna afforded to De Roy, there are some shots – especially early in the book – that are a little underwhelming. At other times the design is too busy, including too many small photographs with confusing subjects where the space would have been better employed by fewer, larger images.

While not exactly encyclopaedic, the prose is an important guide, not just to De Roy’s life and experience, or to the flora and fauna, but in highlighting threats of climate change and overtourism on the islands. Comprehensive and colourful, this is a thorough photographic examination of one of the world’s truly singular environments.

Reviewed by Jamie Lafferty, travel writer

Ahab’s Rolling Sea

By Richard J King. Published by The University of Chicago Press, £23.00 (hardback) or £17.00 (paperback).

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Two hundred years ago, Herman Melville was born in New York. When he was 21, he went to sea on a whaleboat and for three years gathered observations he later instilled in the narrator of Moby Dick. Ishmael’s view of sperm whales and the oceans is laced with literary flourishes but immersed in the science and natural history of the day.

King reflects on what we have learned and lost from the oceans since Melville’s time. He answers questions many readers surely ponder, including whether a 19th-century sailing ship could have tracked a single whale across an entire ocean. Naturally, the book is full of spoilers. Read Moby Dick, read this, then read Moby Dick again.

Reviewed by Helen Scales, marine biologist

Reef Life

By Callum Roberts. Published by Profile Books Ltd, £16.99.

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In 1982, Callum Roberts went snorkelling in Saudi Arabia and fell instantly in love with coral reefs. He went on to become a prominent reef scientist and conservationist and lost none of his curiosity and verve. Compulsory reading for scuba divers and armchair divers alike, Roberts tells at times hilarious stories of the ups and downs of reef research.

Amid the joy is heartbreak. He has witnessed coral reefs succumbing to overfishing, pollution and the climate crisis. He recalls Red Sea reefs before mass tourism arrived and, in a poignant scene, bids farewell to a Maldivian reef he’s sure will be destroyed by coral bleaching before he sees it again. His message is clear: we mustn’t give up on coral reefs, they’re still worth fighting for, and the time to fight is now.

Reviewed by Helen Scales, marine biologist

The Deep

By Alex Rogers. Published by Headline Publishing Group, £20.00 (hardback) or £9.99 (paperback).

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Ever since mariners began to set sail and explore far reaches of the oceans, they’ve come back and told stories of their journeys and encounters with extraordinary beasts. In his memoire The Deep, Alex Rogers continues this tradition and tells captivating tales of his voyages and discoveries as professor of marine biology.

There are great wonders to be found on these pages, from deep coral reefs to hairy ‘Hoff’ crabs on Antarctic hydrothermal vents. Readers will find out what it’s like to be a marine scientist through descriptions of Rogers’ collaborative work with the many students and colleagues he introduces. Human- made troubles in the oceans also feature throughout. Reassuringly, for someone who has witnessed so much change, Rogers remains optimistic about the ocean’s ability to restore itself, given a chance. He prescribes urgent actions needed to ensure healthy seas and avoid their continued demise by a thousand cuts.

Reviewed by Helen Scales, marine biologist

The Seafarers

By Stephen Rutt. Published by Elliott & Thompson, £14.99 (hardback) or £9.99 (paperback).

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We are blessed to live girdled by the sea, for, where there are coastal margins, there are seabirds to be seen. Some breed on our cliffs and shores, and others that breed half a world away may be found, by the fortunate, in our rich waters. Their stories provide Stephen Rutt with rich pickings of his own in The Seafarers – we accompany him on his travels to see and explore the varied lives of our seabirds.

What he finds is at once beautiful and troubling – this is a thoughtful chronicle of seabirds and their place in a world that is changing fast, and not for the better. A beguiling, lyrical book, but also a poignant one that bears witness to the pressures those seabirds face.

Reviewed by Jon Dunn, nature writer

Rock Pool

By Heather Buttivant. Published by September Publishing, £14.99 (hardback) or £9.99 (paperback).

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In these turbulent times, here are three simple steps to help you feel better about the world: read Heather Buttivant’s marvellous book, grab a pair of wellies, and get yourself to a rocky shore. Nothing beats the feeling of lifting up a rock and finding a smattering of star-shaped sea squirts or a hermit crab peeping from its borrowed shell.

For rock-pool newcomers and aficionados alike, there is something for everyone in this thoughtful, enlightening and entertaining read. Buttivant weaves lyrical stories of her intertidal encounters – from baby pipefish to a full-grown shark – together with fascinating ecological details and expert advice on how to search for hidden wonders between the tides.

Reviewed by Helen Scales, marine biologist

Rocky Shores

By John Archer-Thomson and Julian Cremona. Published by Bloomsbury, £35.00.

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Rocky Shores is number seven in Bloomsbury’s British Wildlife Collection and heavy with verdant colour that positively celebrates the seashore. It is as packed with knowledge and enthusiasm as a rock pool is filled with strange and beautiful species – the details of which Archer-Thomson and Cremona describe so well. This to me will certainly make you want to dust off your wellies and head to the rocky shore, driven by new knowledge. But equally, even just sitting back and reading about the creatures in such glorious detail, you will find yourself temporarily transported to a vibrant pool surrounded by seaweed fronds and anemone tentacles.

Reviewed by Maya Plass, marine ecologist

Exploring Britain’s Hidden World

By Keith Hiscock. Published by Wild Nature Press, £25.00.

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Few know Britain’s seas better than Keith Hiscock, a scientist who’s spent much of the past 50 years diving and surveying the world beneath the waves. Combining his observations with hundreds of photographs, the result is this erudite and indispensable companion to our shores.

Britain’s waters are far more vibrant and diverse than most of us realise, filled with treasures such as hermit crabs covered in fuzzy ‘snail fur’ and scarlet file shells that build nests on the seabed. Hiscock explains why things are the way they are and urges us to protect this hidden habitat.

Reviewed by Helen Scales, marine biologist


By Jason M. Colby. Published by Oxford University Press, £20.00 (hardback) or £14.99 (paperback).

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Drawing on a uniquely insightful range of sources, this book examines the nature of our relationship with killer whales and makes for compelling, if not always comfortable, reading. As a cultural and social history of our evolving relationship with these charismatic wild animals, Orca provides a fascinating account.

The hypothesis that cetaceans held in captivity helped to change our perception of them, and shaped our approach to cherishing their wild counterparts is a challenging one, but is presented here in a nuanced way. That this perception needed changing, let alone in this fashion, remains a damning indictment of human nature.

Reviewed by Jon Dunn, nature writer

Eye of the Shoal

By Helen Scales. Published by Bloomsbury, £16.99 (hardback) or £10.99 (paperback).

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Acclaimed author and marine biologist Helen Scales takes readers on a glorious and riveting exploration of the lives of fish. Through a vivid and amusing portrayal of these lesser-loved creatures, Eye of the Shoal questions the everyday notion that fish are dull, unintelligent beings (not to mention cold, slimy and smelly) that humans simply catch to eat, recasting them as inspiring animals who can sing and dance, who are able to shape giant sculptures from sand, and who can use light, colour and even electricity to their advantage – whether to hide, to send messages or to hunt. In making her case, the author embarks on unexpected and intriguing journeys – not only across oceans, but deep into history.

At a time when we are hearing so much about the damage being wreaked upon our oceans, this is a refreshingly jubilant celebration of life and an open invitation to appreciate and experience the exciting world beneath the waves. Fish, indeed, have much to tell us about life, the ocean and everything.

Reviewed by Olive Heffernan, science writer

Far from land

By Michael Brooke. Published by Princeton University Press, £25.00 (hardback) or £18.99 (paperback).

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In the last couple of decades, research aided by micro-gadgetry has revolutionised understanding of some seabirds, revealing the scale and complexity of their journeys. Each new finding can amaze, such as how neighbouring puffins on a Welsh island can winter in utterly different parts of the North Atlantic. Michael Brooke has drawn on his knowledge of current science to give a timely summary of research so far and a brilliant global overview of seabird behaviour.

Reviewed by Kenny Taylor, puffinologist

Marine and coastal wildlife books for children

Earth’s Incredible Oceans

By Jess French, illustrated by Clare McElfatrick. Published by Dorling Kindersley.

  • Published: 2021
  • Formats: Hardback (£14.99)
  • Age range: 7-9 years

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A sign of a really informative children’s book is when the parents learn something new too; in this book, the caption ‘Moon Jellyfish can get younger as well as older’ had this parent searching the web for background reading!

Earth’s Incredible Oceans is attractively laid out, each page filled with an ocean scene packed with a mix of photographs, illustrations, and short interesting facts. The target audience of 7- to 9-year-olds will enjoy the easy-to-read and fascinating captions, but the engaging illustrations will draw in children of all ages, so it also works as a picture book for younger children.

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In our family, it prompted discussions on such absorbing topics as ‘do starfish die if they freeze in a brinicle?’ and ‘what happens if you dig down beneath the seabed?’. The book covers animals, habitats, ocean geography and ecological concepts such as food webs, making it a genuinely educational resource.

Reviewed by Kate Risely, ornithologist

The Great Barrier Reef

By Helen Scales, illustrated by Lisk Feng. Published by Flying Eye Books.

  • Published: 2021
  • Formats: Hardback (£14.99)
  • Age range: 5-7 years

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One of the planet’s greatest natural wonders twinkles and beguiles in this charming book – the first for young readers by Scales, a regular BBC Wildlife contributor. Like all the best children’s illustrated non-fiction, there is enough here to interest and surprise grown-ups too, but never at the expense of concision or clarity.

In 40 perfectly paced spreads, we learn about the reef’s natural and human history, including its importance (often overlooked) in the culture of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, and pick up tidbits about reef exploration and science. Conservation messages are necessarily powerful, without being overwhelming.

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Scales uses just the right amount of chattiness and wordplay, while Feng’s award-winning artwork reveals secrets from the underwater world, such as a parrotfish tucked into its mucus sleeping bag, or a spawning reef that shimmers like a snow globe.

Reviewed by Ben Hoare, editorial consultant, BBC Wildlife Magazine

Water World

By Ben Rothery. Published by Penguin Random House Children’s UK.

  • Published: 2021
  • Formats: Hardback (£20.00)
  • Age range: 4 years and above

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This is clearly a personal book for author and illustrator Ben Rothery. The introduction and conclusion, a letter to the reader, connect our oceans with human life and play on the strong emotional and physical relationship between ourselves and life under the sea. The letter is a call to arms and a stark reminder of the fragility of oceans, balanced with hope, campaigning and empowerment.

The illustrations lift the book to another level, being beautifully drawn, striking and capturing some more unusual species, like whale lice and mangrove horseshoe crabs, balancing the spectacular with the more obscure. The text that accompanies them is informative.

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At times the structure feels a little random; including wolves and tigers alongside mudskippers for example. Overall, this is a great book for kids interested in marine life, offering a solid introduction to the biology of the sea and how people can take action to save it.

Reviewed by Lucy McRobert, nature writer

Creature Features: Oceans

By Natasha Durley. Published by Big Picture Press.

  • Published: 2020
  • Formats: Hardback (£10.99)
  • Age range: 5 and up

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Fans of Natasha Durley’s previous two Creature Features books will be pleased by this marine addition to the series. As before, each page groups together amazing creatures from around the world that all share a common body part or pattern. It’s beautifully illustrated with bold and bright artwork, particularly the spread celebrating the black-and-white species against a fantastically pink background – sunglasses may be required!

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Whether you adore dolphins, sharks or whales, or perhaps even the smaller creatures, such as hermit crabs or anemones, there’s something for everyone. It’s a wonderful book to flick through briefly or to pore over in depth – I seemed to notice something new each time I picked it up!

Reviewed by Megan Shersby, editorial and digital co-ordinator, BBC Wildlife

Amazing Islands: 100+ Places that will Boggle Your Mind

By Sabrina Weiss, illustrated by Kerry Hynman. Published by What On Earth Books.

  • Published: 2020
  • Formats: Hardback (£14.99)

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The eruption in 2014 of an underwater volcano in the South Pacific gave birth to the island of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, one of the world’s newest islands. And while scientists expected it to be washed away within months, today, it is reported to be home to flowering plants and even burrowing owls. In 2018, Hurricane Walaka washed away the whole of Hawaii’s East Island, home to Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles.

As a reminder of the impermanence of everything we take as stable, Amazing Islands is aptly named. Beautifully illustrated, this isn’t a natural history so much as a look at islands of every kind – from the unique wildlife on Madagascar to the culture of island nations. Along the way, we explore the geological wonders and artificial islands.

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There’s no great depth to any one subject but, as an overview, Amazing Islands is more than enough to whet the appetite for discovery.

Reviewed by Paul McGuinness, editor, BBC Wildlife

The Sea: Exploring our blue planet

By Miranda Krestovnikoff, illustrated by Jill Calder. Published by Bloomsbury. 

  • Published: 2019
  • Formats: Hardback (£12.99)
  • Age range: 7-12 years

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‘It’s your work, Mummy, why do you want me to do it?’ My son just turned eight and is getting wise. He took some persuading when I asked him to co-review this colourful compendium. I lured him by suggesting that the author, the naturalist and TV presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff, is part zoologist, part-mermaid.

The book did the rest. There’s a beautiful balance of words and art – we loved the variety and authenticity of colours in Jill Calder’s habitat illustrations – you can almost hear the breeze on the clifftops, inhale the weirdly pleasing stink of saltmarsh, feel sundried salt crusting on your skin.

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The text is authoritative, accessible and respectful (no ‘killer sharks’ or ‘cute dolphins’). The final spread on ocean plastic is timely but felt a bit of a bolt-on to a book that is otherwise celebratory, with other conservation issues not getting comparable treatment.

Read our Wildlife Champion interview with Miranda Krestovnikoff, where she explains why loves grey seals.

Reviewed by Amy-Jane Beer, wildlife writer

The Sea Book: Meet the marvellous creatures living in our oceans

By Charlotte Milner. Published by DK.

  • Published: 2019
  • Formats: Hardback (£12.99)
  • Age range: 5-9 years

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I suspect Charlotte Milner is a fan of Octonauts. The BBC animated TV series, which has ‘edutained’ a generation of youngsters on the subject of marine biology, is echoed in both the artwork and text of The Sea Book. I couldn’t help hearing the voice of Shellington, the Octonaut’s scientific sea otter, when I read this book.

That’s not a criticism. Like Octonauts, The Sea Book places the planet’s oceanic zoological wonders in a wider ecology of food webs, ecosystems and planetary processes. Environmental concerns are raised, but without scaring the living daylights out of any children, or their parents. It is a masterful execution of Albert Einstein’s dictum that everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.

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But who cares what I thought? Over to my focus group of two eight-year-old children (at the older end of the target readership): “Some of it is a bit obvious,” said one (well, she did grow up watching Octonauts, after all), “but most of it is very interesting.” Her favourite fact was that zebra sharks have spots, not stripes. Meanwhile, it kept her brother completely quiet for a whole 18 minutes. As a parent, what more could you ask for?

Reviewed by Stuart Blackman, science writer

10 Reasons to Love … a Penguin/Turtle/Lion/Bear/Elephant

By Catherine Barr, illustrated by Hanako Clulow. Published by Frances Lincoln Publishers.

  • Published: 2017 – 2018
  • Formats: Hardback (£9.99)
  • Age range: 3-6 years

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Delightful illustrations in these titles gently entice children into the world of their animal subjects. The concept of this established series is neat: each spread celebrates an enchanting dimension in the life of these charismatic creatures, pairing the artwork with a paragraph or two of succinct text.

Young readers learn, for instance, that penguins have salty sneezes and burrow into their own poo, and that lions ‘flip’ porcupines and are partial to catnaps. They’re then primed with relevant ways to ‘show their love’, from researching green energy to sponsoring a wildlife charity.

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The text occasionally overgeneralises to the point of inaccuracy (South Africa is hardly ‘near’ Antarctica), and undue artistic licence is sometimes taken (Adélie penguins have black bills, not red), but these are minor quibbles

Reviewed by James Lowen, wildlife writer

The Coral Kingdom

By Laura Knowles, illustrated by Jennie Webber. Published by Words & Pictures.

  • Published: 2018
  • Formats: Hardback (£12.99)
  • Age range: 5-7 years

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This beautifully illustrated book will be pulled off the shelf time and time again, artfully combining rhythmic verse for younger listeners with interesting and accurate content to keep older children engaged. Flipping through the pages is rather like floating over a real reef, with colourful new vistas and different species at every turn.

The huge cast of both familiar and lesser-known reef characters is introduced on the inside covers, adding a puzzle dimension to the book as you search for the royal blue tang, star coral and cone snail.


Though it ends with a strong ecological message about coral bleaching, featuring key facts and the actions we can all take to safeguard the sea, it first and foremost immerses children in the colourful, diverse and fascinating world of the coral reef.

Reviewed by Sue Ranger, engagement and education manager, Marine Conservation Society

The Big Book of the Blue

By Yuval Zommer. Published by Thames & Hudson.

  • Published: 2018
  • Formats: Paperback (£8.95)
  • Age range: 3-5 years

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In this lively follow-up to Zommer’s previous Big Books of Beasts and Bugs, kids are encouraged to think about how sea creatures communicate, swim and eat.

They’ll learn how anglerfish use dangling lights to lure prey; how the flattened tails of sea snakes power them through the water; and how seahorses grip seaweed with their tails. Minor inaccuracies aside (‘humpbacks’ are clearly sperm whales), this is a colourful treat for youngsters.

There is an accompanying sticker book (paperback, £8.95): Amazon UK, Bookshop, Hive, Waterstones.

Reviewed by Paul Bloomfield, freelance writer


Main image: Book with shells. © Getty