Deep-Sea Book Recommendations For The Children

A reader recently asked me for recommendations for books about the deep appropriate for children. Here is my running list and we’ll have Peter (who actually has child instead of being one) provide some recommendations in a later post.

  • One of my favorites is The Deep-Sea Floor by Collard. Great text that is accessible for even young children. The wonderful illustrations by Wenzel help to children visualize the environment. I often hand this out as a gift. Collard also has In the Deep Sea, that I have not seen but should be has excellent as his other.
  • Another fantastic book is Diving To A Deep-Sea Volcano by Mallory. It has great photographs and follows Richard Lutz, a deep-sea biologist, as he explores hydrothermal vents. What I think is best about this book is the enthusiasm in which “doing” science is conveyed.
  • Although I have not seen an actual copies, Fountains of Life and Exploring the Deep, Dark Sea are supposed to be a fantastic books
  • Beneath Blue Waters by Kovacs and Madin has excellent photographs several of organisms not yet named
  • Dr. M (1801 Posts)

    Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

3 Replies to “Deep-Sea Book Recommendations For The Children”

  1. An entire series of great science books for children has been written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degan. Look for “The Magic School Bus- blah, blah”. The “blah, blah” includes the Ocean Floor, the Human Body, the Solar System, the Time of Dinosaurs, etc. What I particularily appreciated about this series is that it is great for multiple age levels. There is a simple story line, that a savvy preschooler could follow, but bordering each page were random geeky facts and experiments that could keep older kids and parents amused. (OK, but keep in mind we are comparing the level of entertainment to “The Little Engine that Could”, not Deep Sea Blogs).

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