Little Library Bookshelf: Whale of a Tale

Let me tell you a story it’s a whale of a tale! Once there was an awesome librarian who shared with us a list of the best books about whales! Check out Heather’s recommended reads this month.

Librarian Book recomendationsWhales are really interesting animals – really! They are! Don’t believe me? Here are some fun facts about whales:

  1. The blue whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on earth – larger than the dinosaurs.
  2. Whales talk to each other under the water. Their speech is described as singing.
  3. Even though whales live under water, they breathe air.

Most of these books are silly tales about whales, but whatever you read just know that whales are pretty cool animals.

books about whales

Books About Whales

Whales by Sally Morgan

One of many fact-filled books at our library, it contains the facts listed above as well as many more!


Editor’s Note: All of my children love the DK Eyewitness Books for the amount of pictures and details. Even preschoolers can enjoy them while the bigger kids can learn from them. We just picked up Whales from the library. 


The Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan

Sometimes whales just show up where you least expect them, or want them – like in your swimming pool! Oh, but how to get them out? See if your little ones have any suggestions as you read this super silly book together.




Baby Beluga by Raffi, illustrated by Ashley Wolf

Words to the classic Raffi tune about a baby beluga whale that lives in the deep blue sea with its momma and lots of other sea creatures. The song is available on his Animal Songs CD, which is available for checkout too!


I Won a What? by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Robert Neubecker

Everyone loves a carnival: the popcorn, the rides, the games. Especially the games. Specifically the goldfish booth where one can win a pet. And where the boy in the book doesn’t just win a goldfish – no no, he wins Nuncio, a huge whale! Wait til you see how he gets that fish home!


A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems

Poor Piggie. A big guy took her ball! So, she asks her best friend in the whole world, Gerald, to get it back for her. Gerald is a big elephant and heroic. Can he get Piggie’s ball back? I guess it depends on just how big the other “big guy” is and what he really wants.




If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Join the boy in this book and follow specific instructions to see a whale – if you want to.  And who wouldn’t?




Editor’s note this is our favorite whale book, after checking it out from the library so many times my kid was thrilled to get it as his prize after one of the summer reading programs.
The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axecl Scheffer.

When a tiny snail meets a humpback whale, the two travel together to far-off lands. It’s a dream come true for the snail, who has never left home before. But when the whale swims too close to shore, will the snail be able to save her new friend?

vapldHere at the Vernon Area Public Library, we use the five early literacy practices — TALK, SING, READ, WRITE, PLAY — as the foundation for all of our storytimes. It’s never too early to start on these five activities to set the stage for reading readiness.

We offer storytimes beginning at birth, and all are welcome to stop by and visit — no library card required. But if you are a resident, you can sign up for your library card while you are here! Find our calendar of storytimes and other events.

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