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

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Other Links Pages:

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Electrical Links - Click Here 

Links For Teachers of Kids:

Reading Comprehension  https://www.easyteacherworksheets.com/

Online Math Tools For Students:

Includes Middle school, High School, College, and Special Needs Students. Offered by Maryville University, St Louis, MO.

Boating and Boating Safety Links

A SCOUT's GUIDE TO BOATING KNOTS  https://www.hmy.com/a-scouts-guide-to-boating-knots


Boating Safety Is For Life  https://newboatbuilders.com/boating/


US Coast Guard Boating Safety  http://www.uscgboating.org




Boating Safety Sidekicks
Boating Safety Sidekicks


Boating For Kids  http://www.boatingforkids.com/


Boater Kids 



Swimming Safety For Kids When Boating.


Boat Safe Kids

Boating Safety For Kids https://www.safekids.org/tip/boating-safety-tips

Boating Activities for the Whole Family

The Parking Spot (Thanks to Patricia for the Link)

Maritime History, Ships and Shipwrecks


Famous West Coast Shipwrecks and more!...
Provided by Lucas. Thanks Lucas.


History of Ships Boast Yachts

A Timeline History of Ships, Boats and Yachts
Thanks to Avery for the link.

53 Types of Boats and Ships Illustrated to Scale - AlansFactoryOutlet.com - Infographic

Designed by AlansFactoryOutlet.com  

Children's Libraries:

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

International Children's Library: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

International Archive Children's Library:  https://archive.org/details/iacl

Children's Collections: http://drscavanaugh.org/ebooks/libraries/

Story Place:

Childrens Literature Resource Guide http://www.supersummary.com/childrens-literature-guide/ 

On Line Mattress Review: Nursery Rhymes And Bedtime Stories For Kids. (Thanks to Peyton for this link)


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 http://www.boatingsidekicks.com/

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:



Sinbad IVThe story of SINBAD doesn't stop with the first. There were many more dogs named SINBAD on the Coast Guard Cutter Campbell after SINBAD the First.  Here is a photo of SINBAD the Fourth who was on the Campbell when I was onboard in 1967.  But none were as famous as the first SINBAD.

Simplicity Boats
Simplicity Boats

Reading Is Fundamental

Reading is Fundamental

Free Book Notes
Reading Skills and Great Books for Kids http://www.freebooknotes.com/

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. She was a Coast Guard mascot on the at Coast Guard Station St. Ignace, Michigan http://adventuresofonyx.com

Sadly, Onyx passed away June 16, 2020. She was 13.5 years old (thats 94.5 human years). But her legacy lives on in the stories written about her.

Guarding the Great Lakes: Coast Guard Dogs

12 Amazing Dogs Of the U.S. Coast Guard https://blog.theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/coast-guard-dogs/
Sargent Stubby; Dog of War

Sargent Stubby: Dog of War (a true story)  America’s original dog of war fought bravely on the Western Front—then helped the nation forget the Great War’s terrible human toll.  http://www.slate.com/articles/news
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 https://www.pinterest.com/peter

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 https://www.boatsafe.com/kids/033199kidsques.htm


Submarines:  History of Submarines
https://usinsuranceagents.com/review-history-submarine-submersible-vehicles  (Warning: This is an information page on a commercial web site selling insurance and there are links to the insurance at the top and bottom of the page. Do not click on Home or links at the bottom)


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 https://vimeo.com/5700666

KIDTROPOLIS. A city Just For kids


Science Topics for Kids


Energy: Student Resources http://www.ei.lehigh.edu/learners/energy

Science Kids: Electricity

Basic Electricity For Kids:




 Math Games That Make Learning Fun.



Take A Ride In An Electric Car  https://vimeo.com/11744276

What is Electricity https://vimeo.com/82236342



American Boat And Yacht Council  Boat Design Net  Wooden Boat Foundation
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