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Curious Kids: Oceans and Sea Creatures

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Curious Kids Oceans and Sea Creatures

Did You Know?

Did you know that scientists have only explored 5 percent of the world's oceans? We still have much left to find!

Some books below may be eBooks or audiobooks. Ask a librarian or parent for help.

Fiction Books

Nonfiction Books


Beach BINGO Challenge
Brought to you by INFOhio.

Coloring Pages
Choose from an Angler fish, a mermaid, or 2021's Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Club theme!

Jim Henson's Splash and Bubbles
Brought to you by PBS Kids. Play ocean pinball, design your own fish, or make sand art - plus lots more!

Freaky Sea Creatures
From National Geographic. Be prepared to squirm when you see some of the strangest creatures living in the ocean!

Shark Fact or Fantasy?
From the San Diego Natural History Museum. Can you complete the "Shark Fact or Fantasy?" challenge? Read more here.

Shark Word Search
See how many sharks you can find! If you want more, also check out dolphins.

Virtual Dive Galleries
Brought to you by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Follow scuba divers under the water to see 360 degree views of sea life, including reefs and shipwrecks!


This is a free service when accessed through the library's website (find it in our database list). Search 'oceans' or 'beaches' or any sea creature to find related educational content.

World Book Student
This is a free service when accessed through the library's website (find it in our database list). Search 'oceans' and choose what you would like to learn. Some results include oceanography (the study of oceans), hydrospheres (the study of water environments), oceans and natural disasters, and tons of animals!


Eco Kids
Learn how to conserve resources and better protect Earth's water.

National Geographic Kids
For children ages 6-up. In addition to pictures and text, solve puzzles, riddles, and do activities!

Ranger Rick
A magazine all about zoology - or the study of animals.


Captain Jon’s Shark Safari [DVD]
Come nose to nose with dozens of sharks, discover amazing facts about them, and learn how to avoid sharks when you’re swimming!

Deep Sea Dive [DVD]
Dive into fun and explore the world's oceans from surface to sea floor. Come face to face with sharks, dolphins, whales, and all of the ocean's amazing treasures.

Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2 [Blu-ray and DVD]
In Dolphin Tale, a brave but injured dolphin is found by compassionate strangers. Inspired by a true story!
In Dolphin Tale 2, the aquarium staff must locate a companion for Winter the dolphin, before regulations force them to ship her elsewhere.

Finding Nemo [Blu-ray]
In the depths of the Great Barrier Reef, Marlin the clownfish embarks on a daring rescue mission when his son, Nemo, gets scooped up by a diver.

Life of Pi [DVD]
Pi Patel is stranded in the ocean on a lifeboat with the only remaining survivor from his ship - a bengal tiger.

Moana [DVD]
Follow Moana on a Polynesian adventure as she meets sea creatures, a demi-god, and learns about her special connection to the ocean.

Ocean [DVD]
Discover the ancient myths that surround our oceans, and the modern science behind them, in this video from the 'Eyewitness' series from DK.

Tales From the Wild: Cara the Sea Turtle [DVD]
Cara the sea turtle takes us on the adventure of her life, leaving her family's nest, crossing the ocean, and sharing beautiful underwater scenes.


Animal Sounds Library
From SeaWorld. Scroll down for collections of dolphin recordings under "Bottlenose dolphin", "Dolphins" and "Killer Whale" (which is actually an orca, part of the dolphin family).

Everything Oceans Videos
From National Geographic Kids. Watch short videos about all kinds of ocean creatures. Find more detailed information on your favorite ones here.

Marine Biology: The Living Oceans
From the American Museum of Natural History. Check out tons of videos, crafts, games, and more!

Newport Aquarium Galleries
Check out what creatures you can find at the aquarium, and learn all about your creature of choice.

Ocean Service: Just for Kids
Check out NOAA’s main page about oceans for kids!

Open Sea Cam
From the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Watch the live cam to see what animals are hanging out in Monterey Bay!