World Ocean Day

“If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.” 
- David Sobel

Today it’s World Ocean Day  so we will be spending some time reading stories, watching programmes, and playing some games around the topic of the sea, ocean, and the plastic problem.  If you’d like to do the same I’ve shared a few ideas of resources.

Books tend to be our first stop when approaching a topic. This is a selection I just pulled off our shelves, but certainly not an exhaustive list.

Ocean children’s books
Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz
Be Plastic Clever by Amy and Ella Meek
The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks
Grandma Bird by Benjamin Davies
The Singing Mermaid by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks 

Currently it’s not easy, or at all possible, to access your local bookshop or library, or to borrow books from friends, but over the last few weeks I have discovered so many options of stories read over the internet. Here’s some on the ocean theme:
- The Rainbow Fish -
- Save the Ocean -
- A House for Hermit Crab -

If you prefer a sing song, maybe you could try Plastic Bag, by Nick Cope ( or There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea ( 

(You can also find Nick’s CBeebies programme around this song here:

For something more factual, how about these:
- Maddie and Greg, Let’s Go Live, Oceans Week -
- Marine Biologist, David Gruber -
- Ocean Animals, from Head to Tail -


Hopefully that’s plenty to keep you busy! Have you got any good resources you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments.