IKE's LIST - For Kids

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

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Links For Teachers of Kids:

Reading Comprehension; (requires a subscription)

Online Math Tools For Students:

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


Boating Safety Is For Life


US Coast Guard Boating Safety 

Boating Safety Sidekicks
Boating Safety Sidekicks

Boating For Kids

Boater Kids 

Swimming Safety For Kids When Boating.


Boat Safe Kids

Boating Safety For Kids

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.
Ships and Shipwrecks

History of Ships Boast Yachts

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

SS France also known as Norway.

A Time Line of the World's Largest Passenger Ships From 1831 to the Present   See the time line here. Wow! Thank  you Sarah for the Link. You not only gave me a great link, you gave me a chance to post my photograph of one of the world's largest passenger ships.  I took the above photograph in February 2001, in Miami Beach Florida.  The ship is the SS Norway, originally named the SS France.  It was the largest Ocean Liner from 1990-1995.  It was taken out of service in 2008. See also Wikipedia



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

Children's Libraries:

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

International Children's Library:

International Archive Children's Library:

Children's Collections:

Story Place:

Childrens Literature Resource 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

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 Of the Coast Guard

SINBAD of The Coast Guard who Liked to Have Fun

Sinbad IV
The 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 skiffs.html

Reading Is Fundamental

Reading is Fundamental

Free Book Notes
Reading Skills and Great Books for Kids

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)


Draw 50 Boats

Will Ansel created a book that speaks to kids in an easy, free-flowing manner. The book is about what a kid will experience--from the sights, sounds, and even smells that are a part of the boatbuildling experience. Traditional, plank-on-frame (carvel) building is featured.

An accomplished builder and artist, Mr. Ansel's unique drawings will have your kids (or grandkids) catching-on to an experience that no one should miss.

Recommended for ages 5 and up.



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 real dog. She was a Coast Guard mascot on Coast Guard Station St. Ignace, Michigan The adventures of Onyx

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

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.  Dog of war Sergeant Stubby the U S Army's original and still most highly decorated canine soldier.

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 Military and other working animals and mascots.

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. 


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Why Do Boats Float?

Why Ships Float This is a commercial site for Cruise Ship but this page is great for kids.

Buoyancy:  Archimedes Principle:

Hyperphysics: Buoyancy


How to calculate buoyancy for a boat

How Do Sails Work?

How Sailboats Sail. How sails work.


Submarines:  History of Submarines   (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 Why Boats Float

KIDTROPOLIS. A city Just For kids

Science Topics for Kids


Energy: Student Resources

Math Games That Make Learning Fun.

Math Games for K-5 Kids


American Boat And Yacht Council  Boat Design Net  Wooden Boat Foundation

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