Our Living Seas Team have put together a list of must-read books for those who love the sea. So sit back with a cup of tea and let these authors take you on an ocean adventure.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne
Despite being written over 150 years ago this literary classic still captures the readers imagination today! Join Captain Nemo aboard the Nautilus and explore the far reaches of our oceans, including the legendary Atlantis, and discover fantastic marine creatures like the giant squid.
The Sea Around Us – Rachel Carson
Rachel Carson is best known for her book Silent Spring which focused on the impacts of pesticides on the environment. Carson was a marine biologist and her book The Sea Around Us explores the geology, palaeontology, biology and human history of our oceans. As this book is nearly 70 years old some of the science is outdated but it’s still well worth a read. This book is part of a trilogy which also features Under the Sea Wind and The Edge of the Sea.
Moby Duck – Donovan Hohn
The full tittle of this book is … Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea & of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists & Fools Including the Author Who Went in Search of Them! Intrigued by the loss of thousands of bath toys at sea Donovan Hohn explores ocean currents, shipping conglomerates, Arctic research and more in this witty adventure.
The Seabird’s Cry – Adam Nicolson
A must read for anyone passionate about seabirds! Each chapter focuses on a different species including puffins, gannets and razorbills and explores their lives, habitats and the threats they are facing. Of the ten birds featured in this book seven are in decline!
Turning the Tide on Plastic – Lucy Siegle
In this book environmental journalist Lucy Siegle highlights why our reliance plastic packaging is such a problem and gives practical advice on how we can make a difference. If we don’t change now then by 2050 then pieces of plastic will outnumber fish in the oceans!
The following books are suitable for mini marine biologists.
First Explorers: Sea Creatures – Chorkung
Dive beneath the surface and explore coral reefs, the deep sea, rock pools and meet an array of marine life along the way. This beautifully illustrated “push and pull” book will capture the imagination of all first-time explorers.
Atlas of Ocean Adventures – Emily Hawkins
Journey across our oceans to discover the diversity of marine life from sharks to jellyfish, sea birds and marine mammals. This book combines natural history with adventure and is marked for readers aged seven and above.
There are so many fantastic books to pick and our Living Seas Team really struggled to narrow the list down … so tune in next month for Books for Ocean Lovers Part Two!