The 9 best children’s surf books

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Ignite your child’s curiosity about the ocean with these nine great children’s surf books. Photo: Torsten Dederichs//Unsplash.

Reading is beneficial for everyone, but especially for children. It helps strengthen the brain, expand vocabulary, stimulate the imagination and broaden their understanding of the world. Plus, if you choose the right books, it can help them learn and get excited about surfing and the ocean at the same time. While there are countless surf books to choose from, we’ve rounded up nine of our favorites and what we love about each. What are your favourites? Leave us a note in the comments.

A playful and educational reader, Hubi Surf Atlas takes kids around the world to 15 amazing destinations. At each location, Hubi talks about the local culture, wildlife, oceanography, and surfing facts so readers can learn more about the different destinations he visits. Ideal for children aged 5-12, the book is packed with adventure, science and lessons about the world around us. Hubi is a great guide and kids are sure to catch the travel bug after reading this one.

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The Best Surfing Books for Kids Alison's Adventures

Alison Teal is an adventurer and environmentalist at heart. The daughter of a prominent outdoor photographer and a well-known yogi, Teal spent her childhood traveling the world, learning about the people and places she visited along the way. Alison’s Adventures details Teal’s nomadic childhood and talks about the exotic peoples and cultures she encountered and her investigations into the world’s greatest myths and legends. This book details his conservation efforts in the Maldives, a visit to the lost Firewalker Island, and his off-the-grid home in Hawaii. Despite a life of travel, Teal’s home base has always been Hawaii, and as such, surfing features prominently in her life and travels. Teal’s book is best suited for older children and teens, but also makes a great family read.

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Surfing Animals Alphabet Best Surfing Books for Kids

Jonas Claesson is a surfer and an artist, whose combination makes the perfect children’s book. The alphabet of surfer animals helps kids learn their alphabet in a fun way while getting excited about surfing. The book is advertised as an aquatic alphabet adventure and each page depicts a letter, an animal whose name starts with that letter surfing, and a rad drawing to go with it. The hardcover book includes 64 pages of animals, letters and fun surfing legends and rhymes. If you have young children, they’ll love learning the alphabet alongside the surfer animals – we did. There is also a compatible coloring book if you want to extend the experience.

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Mop rides the waves of the book of change

Part of the Mop towers series, Mop rides the waves of change is the second installment and full of life lessons for children. In the book, Mop discovers a sea turtle entangled in plastic as well as additional ocean plastic pollution as he paddles out to surf. Mop loves the ocean and is on a mission to protect it. This book is packed with relevant environmental lessons, party waves and a Coconut Heads benefit concert. Written by San Francisco surfer/journalist/dad Jaimal Yogis, this book is geared toward ages 4-8, teaches a love of the ocean, and is full of wisdom that’s sure to resonate with your kids.

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lady shark book

Featuring a collection of awards and accolades, lady shark is the true story of how Eugene Clark fell in love with sharks and became one of the ocean’s most intrepid scientists. Determined to debunk the stereotype that sharks are ugly and scary, Clark has dedicated her life to learning and studying predators. Written by zoologist Jess Keating, this story is about having the strength to discover truths that others are too afraid to see. The book includes a timeline of Eugene’s life and lots of fun shark facts. This powerful book is best suited for students in grades one through four.

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surfer guy book

laugh out loud funny, surfer guy is sure to make kids of all ages laugh. With fun designs and unique fonts, Miss Heather does a wonderful job of crafting a story that reminds readers that stupid and embarrassing things happen to all of us. With fun nursery rhymes and great stories, kids will love following the adventures of surfer guy and laugh at the misadventures he encounters along the way.

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Pigs might surf the book

You may already know that pigs can fly, but have you ever wondered if they can surf? Created for children two years and older, Pigs could surf follows the adventures of Bailey who dreams of becoming a surfer. Set in Cornwall, UK, the book is full of adventure and inspires children to pursue their dreams. With a collection of colorful nursery rhymes and drawings, kids will be captivated from start to finish and cheer Bailey on her quest to become a surfer.

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Soul Surfer Book

soul surfer is the incredible true story of Bethany Hamilton, survivor of a shark attack. The book chronicles her life as a young surfer, talks about her recovery from the attack, the adjustments she made to enable her to continue surfing, her impressive performances in contests and her faith. Through the book, Hamilton gives readers insight into the trials and tribulations of losing an arm and how his faith in God enabled him to overcome and overcome the challenges. A captivating read, soul surfer is a book that older children, teens and adults will love.

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book on the science of surfing

The ocean is a mysterious and magical place and while many of us appreciate its splendors, few of us truly understand it. The science of surfing teaches young readers about the ocean and includes lessons in physics, marine biology, ecology and surfing, so kids can learn it all on their favorite playground. The book follows best friends Sam and Jade, and Sam’s younger brother, Peet, as they explore the ocean and learn all about the science behind it. Not only will young readers enjoy this book, but it’s also a great resource for learning more about the ocean and will leave them thirsty for more knowledge. It’s also a part of a wonderful series of graphic novels, surf girlswhich follows Sam and Jade on their surf-inspired adventures.

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