Happy Earth Day! What better way to recognize this important date than by introducing a new book from National Geographic KIDS. Beneath the Waves is a true celebration of our most precious resource.

The ocean is full of mystery and scientists are still uncovering its secrets, especially how we have to take better care of the space between our shores. The pictures are your guide, but there is much to learn from the blocks of text.

The closest shore from where I live is more than 1,100 miles away so it’s no surprise when I hear kids say “I’ve never been to the ocean.” This book will bridge the time until that happens and increase the desire to make their first visit. It may also inspire them to take the path of a scientist. Many are featured in the back pages including Enric Sala, a marine biologist; Conservationist Jess Cramp and her mission to protect sharks; and Environmental scientist Kristal Ambrose.

There are many inhabitants of the ocean you probably never heard of or seen pictured. The list for me kept growing with every turned page. Ever hear of a Sloane’s viperfish, a peacock mantis shrimp, or a vampire squid? Me neither until taking the journey through each section of the book.

Other features add depth to the visual feast. Some of my favorites were WHAT IS A BEACH?, WHY IS THE OCEAN SALTY?, THE MYTH OF MERMAIDS, and THE SEARCH FOR LONGITUDE. Excellent information you won’t forget.

Look no further if you need a gift idea for an ocean loving kid or adult from ages. Beneath the Waves is a perfect choice.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Featuring amazing animal profiles, whimsical poetry, stunning photography, and fascinating information about the wondrous creatures that call the ocean home, this beautiful collection celebrates the ocean and the amazing animal and plant life found in its waters, the role the ocean plays on Earth, and the importance of conservation.

Starting with the seashore and journeying through the ocean’s zones, readers will discover mangrove forests, coral reefs, and the deepest ocean depths. On this journey they will discover some of the extraordinary animals that live on shore and under the sea. Along the way, readers will enjoy poems, stories, fun facts, photo galleries, and more. Highlights include a foreword from explorer and renowned photojournalist Brian Skerry; an interview with National Geographic Explorer and marine conservationist Jess Cramp; a poem by former children’s poet laureate J. Patrick Lewis; the work of Explorer-in-Residence and ocean ecologist Enric Sala; and an afterword by renowned ocean conservationist Sylvia Earle. This keepsake treasure is sure to wow readers while also serving as an important reminder to protect this precious and wonderful resource.


Stephanie Warren Drimmer writes books, magazine features, and online pieces for kids. A few of her favorites have been about a planet where it rains rocks, the chemistry of the perfect cookie, and the strangest secrets of planet Earth. 

Stephanie’s books cover everything from bugs to baby animals to brain science. Check out current and upcoming titles here!

Stephanie is a regular contributor to the Scholastic magazines SuperScience and Science World. Her column for National Geographic Kids magazine, Destination Space, follows a future astronaut as she visits the most bizarre—and 100 percent real—places in the universe. 

Her work has also appeared in Muse, Popular Science and Popular Mechanics magazines, and in videos for TED-ed

Stephanie has her B.A. in biological anthropology from the University of California, San Diego. She has her M.A. in science journalism from New York University’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP). She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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3 Responses to BENEATH THE WAVES

  1. Danielle Hammelef says:

    I need to find a copy of this book. I love the ocean and it’s creatures and I rarely get to see it in person too.

  2. Looks and sounds like a great book!

  3. What a gorgeous book about sea life. Perfect for Earth Day and great grandsons that live along the east coast and love the sea and exploring. Thanks for the suggestion!

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