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Books about whales

1hannahchristine
Jun 2, 2015, 12:05 pm



In honor of today being the release day of Cale Atkinson's new picture book To the Sea, I'd love to list/discuss other books about whales (and I know that's probably not very many, so talking about the ocean would be great too!), new and old.

One of my favorites is The Storm Whale by Benji Davies.

There are just a few in my personal collection:
- This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
- Flotsam by David Wiesner
- The Sea Tiger by Victoria Turnbull
- The Mermaid and the Shoe by KG Campbell

What whale/ocean-themed books do you have? What are your favorites?

22wonderY
Edited: Jun 3, 2015, 3:00 pm

I have two Jonah and the Whale books. The Usborne book has nice drawings. But the one I love to look at is Jonah's Trash...God's Treasure because the illustrations are made of found objects. They are amusing and absorbing.

Other than that, The Wizard's Daughter lives in a castle under the sea, and her faithful dog has a dorsal fin.

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Jun 2, 2015, 1:12 pm

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5scaifea
Jun 3, 2015, 7:12 am

How about A Big Guy Took My Ball!? My son and I love Willems, especially his Elephant and Piggie books, and this one *does* have a whale in it...

6hannahchristine
Jun 3, 2015, 2:38 pm

These are all wonderful additions! Thanks all!

I just found The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (the duo who created The Gruffalo). It looks great. I'll have to pick it up and check it out.

72wonderY
Jun 3, 2015, 3:06 pm

I see I missed getting the touchstone correct for The Wizard's Daughter by Chris Conover, so here is one of the illustrations.

8merrystar
Jun 26, 2015, 8:13 pm

Baby Beluga!!! I know the origin is a song but my daughter really liked the book.

Over in the Ocean is another favorite.

9nessreader
Mar 8, 2021, 9:49 am

Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James is an adorable picturebook told in letters from a small girl who claims to have spotted a whale in a fishpond; greenpeace write back to argue politely about it. (It was dear greenpeace in the uk which explains why wretched brackets didn't work... aaaand they still don't)

10megbmore
Mar 8, 2021, 1:45 pm

Since this thread has resurfaced, much like a whale itself, I must add If you Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano.

112wonderY
Mar 8, 2021, 8:43 pm

12nrmay
Edited: May 20, 2021, 12:18 pm

Davy's Dream by Paul Owen Lewis
Amos & Boris by William Steig
Dory Story by Jerry Pallotta