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A complete source of boating, sailing and boat building links, videos and books for kids.

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Many thanks to Sarah and all the kids in her reading group for their help putting this page together and their suggestions for books and links.

Ask your local public library or your school librarian if they have these books.

Boating and Boating Safety Links




US Coast Guard Boating Safety




Boating For Kids


Boater Kids


Boat Safe Kids

Boat Safe For Kids



53 Types of Boats and Ships Illustrated to Scale - - Infographic
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Children's Libraries:

(These are just a few picked at random.  There are many more. Search on children's libraries)

International Children's Library:
Machiwan Children's Library:
African Children's Library:
Children's Collections:
Story Place:
Childrens Literature Resource Guide

Kid Friendly Museums:

Penobscot Marine Museum:
Calvert Marine Museum:
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum:
Bay Area Discovery Museum:
North Carolina Maritime Museum:
Children's Museum Of Maine: ;
Seattle Children's Museum:

Non Fiction

Links on line

Boating Safety Sidekicks
Boating Safety Sidekicks

Sinbad Of the Coast Guard: A book about a real Coast Guard dog who was on the U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Campbell during World War II.

Sinbad the Coast Guard Dog 

Links about Sinbad:

Simplicity Boats
Simplicity Boats

Reading Is Fundamental

Reading is Fundamental

Free Book Notes
Reading Skills and Great Books for Kids

Famous Maritime Ships and Their Freight Cargo

Books - Off line (Real Books)

The Motorboat Book

The Motorboat Book: Build & Launch 20 Jet Boats, Paddle-Wheelers, Electric Submarines & More(Science in Motion), Author: Ed Sobey

US Navy And Coast Guard Boats
US Navy Ships and Coast Guard Cutters, Naval Institute Press Books for Young Readers, by M. D. Van Orden and Arleigh A. Burke

Barcos De Rescate (Rescue Boats)
Barcos De Rescate (Rescue Boats)in Spanish and English, Pebble Plus Bilingual,  by Lindeen and Carol K.(Jan 1, 2006)

Busy Boats

Busy Boats (Amazing Machines)
Tony Mitton and Ant Parker (Sep 15, 2005

Boat: Eyewitness Books

Boat: Eyewitness Books,
Eric Kentley (June 1 2000)

How Boat Things Work

How Boat Things Work: An Illustrated Guide; by Charles Wing (Aug 5, 2011)


Boats (Picture Puffins)  by Anne Rockwell (Mar 1, 1993)

Boats by Byron Barton

Boy's Book Of Model Boats

Boy's Book of Model Boats by Raymond F. Yates (Raymond
Francis) (Mar 24, 2011

Draw 50 Boats

Draw 50 Boats, Ships, Trucks, and Trains: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Submarines, Sailboats, Dump Trucks, Locomotives, and Much More By Lee J. Ames (May 5, 1987)


Links on line

Kids Coloring Page

Kids Coloring Page:  Color pictures of ships, working barges, row boats and more.

The Adventures of Onyx. A US Coast Guard dog.

Onyx: A Coast Guard Dog

These stories are fiction but Onyx was a real dog. He was a Coast Guard mascot on the at Coast Guard Station St. Ignace, Michigan Link to news about Onyx.

U. S Coast Guard Mascots: U. S. Coast Guard Station St. Ignace.

Sargent Stubby: Dog of War (a true story) Sargent Stubby; Dog of War America’s original dog of war fought bravely on the Western Front—then helped the nation forget the Great War’s terrible human toll.

To see more animals, dogs, cats and others (even a bear) who have served in the military and as police and service animals go to Pinterest

Books - Off Line  (Real Books)

The Wind in The Willows

The Wind in The Willows; by Kenneth Grahame.

"Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING --absolutely nothing-- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
There are many editions of this book so the cover picture may be different than the one shown here.

Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe; by Daniel Defoe  The original survivor story! Stranded on an island alone.  One of the best books ever written.
There are many editions of this book so the cover picture may be different than the one shown here.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson.  Talk about adventure! This has everything, pirates, treasure, sailing ships, and a young boy is the hero of the story. Ahoy matey! Shiver me timbers!
There are many editions of this book so the cover picture may be different than the one shown here.

Gubby Builds A Boat

Gubby Builds A Boat: By Gary Kent, Illustrated by Kim La Fave.  The adventures of Gubby, a commercial salmon fisherman, who heads home to his village on the Sunshine Coast at the end of another long season. His beloved old boat, the is worn out and he commissions a Japanese-Canadian boat builder in historic Steveston to build him a new one. The story follows the stages of building a boat from selecting plans to preparing the wood to laying the keel to final finishing and launching. Age 6 to 10 reading level

Little Boat
Little Boat By Thomas Docherty Koala Book Company 2008

Tom Swift And his Submarine Boat
Tom Swift And The Submarine Boat by Victor Appleton.  One of Tom Swift's many adventures.

Curious George

Curious George And the Boat Show, by H. A. Rey Another adventure of Curious George.

Toy Boat

Toy Boat by Randall de Seve and Loren Long (Sep 20, 2007)  Also En Espanol Mi Barco

Fairy Boat; Fairy House Series

Fairy Boat (The Fairy Houses Series) by Tracy L. Kane (Sep 1, 2002)

The Abandoned Lighthouse

The Abandoned Lighthouse by Albert Lamb and David McPhail.  What happens when a bear, a boy, and a dog get into a boat?

The Yeollow Yacht

The Yellow Yacht:  A To Z Mysteries by Ron Roy and John Steven Gurney (Mar 22, 2005).  the owners of a yacht are acting suspicious. There's a robbery on the island! Could there be a connection between the robbery and the mysterious yellow yacht? It's up to Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose to find out. 

Building Models

Origami (paper) Airplanes and Boats. 

Web site tells you how to make paper airplanes and boats.

Why Do Boats Float?

Why Ships Float

Buoyancy:  Archimedes Principle:


How to calculate buoyancy for a boat

How Do Sails Work?

How Sailboats Sail


Little Boat from nelson boles on Vimeo.

Video Links for Kids

That Sinking Feeling. Why Boats Float.
by Children's Museum of Houston on Vimeo

What Are You Doing This Summer? (Water and Boats)


The Energy Story (all about energy)

Science Kids: Electricity

Basic Electricity For Kids:

Basic Electric Circuits

by Children's Museum of Houston on Vimeo Simple Circuits Series Circuits Parallel Circuits Electrifying Science: Voltage. Get Your (Electric) Motors Running.

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