17 Amazing Books About Whales
Whales are one of Earth’s most magnificent creatures. They are unique, beautiful, graceful and mysterious.
If I could be anything, do you know what I’d be? I’d be a whale in the deep blue sea…
Following Papa's Song
As two whales swim together through the big ocean, Little Blue has many questions for Papa, especially ones about the long migration. How will they know the way? Will he be able to keep up? What will they see along the way?
Papa?”asked Little Blue.“Are we going very far?”
“Yes, Little Blue. We will travel farther than we have ever gone before.”
The Snail and the Whale
This snail may be small, but she’s determined to see the world – so she hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. It’s an unlikely partnership, but when the whale gets into difficulties he discovers just how good a friend a snail can be . . .
is talking about the book:
“I enjoyed doing the big landscapes. But had to take great liberties with scale and whale anatomy to make this work – I know they don’t really bend like that. One child wrote in : why is the whale described as grey-blue, when it’s all black in the book? I blame it on the editor – she should have noticed this discrepancy.”
“The sea is deep and the world is wide! How I long to sail!”, Said the tiny snail.
Written by Karen Hayles
Illustrated by Charles Fuge
Whale is stuck
Whale loves diving in and out of the ocean waves until he lands on an ice floe and can’t get off again. His friends try to push him back into the water, but Whale is much too heavy. It looks like Whale might be stuck forever…
The illustrations are beautiful throughout the book. A simple, yet meaningful story of friendship and the power of working together. An easy, fun read that holds great messages for friendship, teamwork and a basic introduction to habitats and animals.
Written and illustrated
by Hans de Beer
Little Polar Bear and the Whales
Little Polar Bear finds his arctic homeland is warmer than usual this year, which creates a problem for his friends, the Beluga whales. Parents and children will love reading this warm story of friendship together. Lars (the Little Polar Bear) leads the Beluga whales to safety from illegals hunters, and glaciers that threaten to seal the bay.
The Blue Whale
A nonfiction picture book, The Blue Whale draws children into the life and world of this enormous whale by situating facts within a familiar context that is fun and engaging. Here, readers are given the actual size of an eye right on the page, and we are informed how understand this whale’s body size in relation to trucks, cars, milk bottles, and hippos!
The Unexpected Visitor
There was once a little fisherman. Every morning he would take his boat out into the wide sea . . . and wait, and wait. When the little fisherman gets an unexpected (and very large) visitor one day, they instantly become friends. They have a lot of fun exploring each other’s homes, but where have all the fishes gone? This stunningly beautiful and warm-hearted picture book all about the friendship between a fisherman and whale is the perfect way to introduce the notion of sharing, sustainability and taking care of the creatures in our oceans with young children.
Very thoughtful and thought-provoking book.
The Storm Whale
Every day, in a house by the sea, a little boy watches his father leave for a long day’s work. One night, a great storm washes a small whale onto the beach. The boy discovers the whale is a good listener. The father discovers the boy is lonely. Together, they return the whale to the sea. And from that day on, the boy learns that the father can be a good listener too.
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The Storm Whale in Winter (The Storm Whale #2)
On a snowy island, a little boy waits and watches while his father sails out on one last fishing trip. As the snow becomes a blizzard and then a powerful storm, the little boy must find his father. But when he needs help, who will save him?
Amos & Boris
Amos the mouse and Boris the whale: a devoted pair of friends with nothing at all in common, except good hearts and a willingness to help their fellow mammal. They meet after Amos sets out to sail the sea and finds himself in extreme need of rescue. And there will come a day, long after Boris has gone back to a life at sea and Amos has gone back to life on dry land, when the tiny mouse must find a way to rescue the great whale.
Written by Julie Fogliano
If You Want to See a Whale
If you want to see a whale, you will need to know what not to look at.
Pink roses, pelicans, possible pirates . . .
If you want to see a whale, you have to keep your eyes on the sea, and wait . . .
and wait . . . and wait . . .
In this quiet and beautiful picture book a boy learns exactly what it takes to catch a glimpse of an elusive whale.
Written and illustrated
by Adrián Macho
The Whale, the Sea and the Stars
When Gerda the blue whale was very small, her mother would sing a beautiful song telling her that if she were ever lost she should look to the stars and they would guide her.
Then it’s time for the little whale to leave home. Her adventures take her from the warm waters of the equator to the freezing poles.
Along the way she meets clever killer whales, playful penguins, a friendly polar bear and the ancient narwhale. Then one day, the little whale realizes she wants to find somewhere to stay forever. How will she know she’s found the right sea for her? With her mother’s song in her heart, Gerda follows the stars to a place she knows she can call home.
This heartwarming story, rendered through luminous, captivating illustrations full of texture and feeling, promises we will find our way if we listen to our hearts.
Written by Kike Calvo
Kikeo and The Whale (English - Spanish Bilingual Edition)
Kikeo and The Whale is a bedtime story that submerges the young reader in a sea of dreams. Hand-in-hand with National Geographic Creative photographer Kike Calvo, the reader discovers a beautiful story of an encounter between Kikeo, the main character, and a baby whale and her mom.
Written by Dougal Dixon
Illustrated by Hannah Bailey
When the Whales Walked: And Other Incredible Evolutionary Journeys
From the moment life crawled out of the oceans and onto land, to when our primate ancestors climbed down from the trees, the history of Planet Earth is filled with incredible stories. This beautifully illustrated guide explores some of the most exciting and incredible events in evolution, through 13 case studies.
Written by Shelley Gill
Illustrated by Erik Brooks
If I Were a Whale
Colorful, rhyming board book playfully featuring whales found in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic Oceans. Toddlers will love to learn about whales swimming in the deep blue sea in this beautifully illustrated board book that shares simple whale facts in an imaginative way.
If I could be anything, do you know what I’d be? I’d be a whale in the deep blue sea.
Scooping up fishes and flipping my tail, I’d be a minke or beluga whale.
Written and illustrated
by Joyce Wan
The Whale in My Swimming Pool
One sunny day, a little boy heads outside for a swim, but his pool is already taken . . . There’s a big whale in the water and it’s not budging! The boy tries everything to get the whale to leave. Nothing seems to work. Not fetch. Not tag. Not even offering his allowance. What’s a boy to do? Luckily, he comes up with the perfect solution: he decides to chill out on a spray of water over the whale’s spout.
This colorful whale of a tale from the talented Joyce Wan is sure to inspire giggles from little guppies!
Cheryl Lawton Malone
Dario and the Whale
When Dario and his mother move to Cape Cod from Brazil, Dario has a hard time making friends since he doesn’t speak English well. But one day Dario meets someone else who has just arrived in New England and he doesn’t speak any English at all…because he’s a right whale! Day after day Dario and the whale meet at the beach. But what will happen when it’s time for the whale to migrate?
A brand new baby white whale swims off for the first time to investigate his ocean world. The playful calf frolics with puffins, jellyfish, crabs, and googly-eyed fish; sings to narwhals and squid; explores a pirate ship; and smiles at polar bears peeking through holes in the arctic ice.
Every few pages the word breathe repeats, reminding readers that whales need to come to the surface for air. When the baby sleeps contentedly on the back of his loving mother, he dreams under the stars and the moon in a black sky lit by blue-green northern lights.
The Storm Whale Book and Soft Toy
Enjoy the story then recreate Noi's adventure with your very own knitted whale perfect for cuddling at bedtime.