Compendium of Coastal, Wetland, and Restoration Information

Books about Wetland and Coastal Resources

This is an annotated list of books about the coast and wetlands habitats. It is organized into general categories (animals, coastal erosion, trees and plants, weather, and wetlands/swamps). It contains mostly children’s trade books, but there are several books for adults scattered through the listing. Age levels and annotation sources are noted where appropriate. If you know of a good book that should be included in this listing, please send the author and title to Pam Blanchard.


Andreae, G. & Wojtowycz, D. (1998). Commotion in the ocean. New York, NY: Scholastic.

A collection of silly verses about various creatures that live n the ocean, including crabs, swordfish, whales, and polar bears.  Ages 4-8.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780439082145

Appelt, K. (2002). Where, where is swamp bear? New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

While fishing with his grandfather in the swamp, a young boy asks all kinds of questions about a very special bear.  Ages 5-7.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780688171028

Bernhard, A. (1994). Wetlands plants and animals coloring book.Mineola, NY: Dover Publications.

Illustrations depict salt-marsh environments of northeast U.S. and Canada.  Ages 6-9.  48 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780486277496

Carle, E. (1987). A house for hermit crab. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc.

A hermit crab who has outgrown his old shell moves into a new one, which he decorates and enhances with the various sea creatures he meets in his travels.  Ages 4-8.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780590425676

Clements, A. (2002). Big Al. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

A big, ugly fish has trouble making the friends he longs for because of his appearance--until the day his scary appearance saves them all from a fisherman's net.  Ages 4-8.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780689842473

Crocker, C. (2003). The tale of the swamp rat. New York, NY: Philomel Books.

Guided by an ancient alligator, a silent young rat learns to find his own way in the drought-stricken swamp.  Ages 12+.  240 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780399239642

Cushman, D. (1990). Possum stew. New York, NY: Dutton Juvenile.

Possum tricks Gator and Bear, but they get back at him when they tell him they are going to make possum stew.  Ages 5-6.  ISBN-13: 9780525445661

Cussen, S. (2005). Those peculiar pelicans. Sarasota, FL: Pineapple Press, Inc.

This book answers 20 questions so you will understand why pelicans are so peculiar. Ages 8-12.  55 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781561643408

Fleming, C. (2004). Gator gumbo: A spicy-hot tale. NY, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

A hungry alligator, slow with age, hopes to catch some good meat to add to his spicy gumbo.  Ages: 5-8.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780374380503

Galko, F. (2002). Wetland animals. Chicago, IL: Heinemann.

Describes wetlands, the different kinds of animals that can be found in them, and their ecological importance.  Ages 5-7.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781403404435

Grace, T. (1992). Picture book of swamp and marsh animals. Mahwah, N.J: Troll Associates.

Spotlights more than a dozen creatures found in swamps and marshes including the box turtle, manatee, pelican, and alligator.  Ages 6-9.  24 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780816724350

Hall, M. (2006). Muskrats. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

Photographs and simple text introduce the characteristics and behavior of muskrats.  Ages 5-6.  24 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780736820663

Itoh, S. (1988). White egret. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.

Ten years of field research have resulted in this revealing portrait of egrets. Lovely and technically fine color photos capture their rituals from early spring through winter migration.  168 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780877015239

Kalman, B. & Bishop, A. (2002). What are wetlands? New York, NY: Crabtree Publ.

Investigates types of wetlands and the animals and plants that live there.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780865059705

Lockwood, C. C. (2002). The alligator book. Louisiana State University Press.

Renowned wildlife photographer and naturalist C. C. Lockwood devotes himself to uncovering the latest facts about this ancient, dragon-like species.  152 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780807128287

Mallory, K. (1999). Home by the sea: Protecting coastal wildlife. New York, NY: Harcourt Children's Books.

Describes programs being carried out in New Zealand to protect coastal animals such as dolphins and penguins which are being threatened by development.  Young Adult.  64 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780152018023.

Mayer, M. (1987). There’s an alligator under my bed. New York, NY: Dial Books for Young Readers.

The alligator under his bed makes a boy's bedtime a hazardous operation, until he lures it out of the house and into the garage.  Ages 4-7.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780803703740

Morcos, A. C. (2002). Tale of nada nutria. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.

A community of nutria gets separated when a hurricane destroys their home. Morcos expresses themes of friendship, family and courage with nutria as her main characters.  112 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780759693456

Pfister, M. (2005). Rainbow fish colors. New York, NY: North-South Books.

With holographic foil stamping throughout, these mini board books make a perfect way to teach colors and counting concepts to very young children.  Infants-PreK.  24 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781558580091

Pratt-Serafini, K. J. (2001). Salamander rain: A lake and pond journal. Nevada City, CA: Dawn Publications.

This colorful book is an invitation to kids to learn and care more about ponds, lakes and other wetlands that are found closer to home than we think.  Ages 9-12.  32 pp.  ISBN 1584690178

Richardson, A. (2005). Alligators. Mankato, MN: Coughlan Publishing.

Provides an introduction to alligators, discussing their characteristics, habitat, food, offspring, and dangers. Includes a range map, a life cycle diagram, and more facts.  Ages 4-8.  24 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780736843264

Schmitz, S. (1986). Fish calendar. Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Silver Burdett Press.

Describes the general characteristics of fish, what they eat, how they breed, their natural environment, their habits, what plants and other animals they associate with, and the differences between salt and freshwater fish.  Ages 8-10.  37 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780382092404

Sendack, M. (1991). Alligators all around: An alphabet. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers.

With its toothy alligators that burst balloons, imitate Indians, and even ride reindeer--here's the book that has children chanting their alphabet in no time at all.  Ages 5-8.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780060255307

Somervill, B. A. (2004). Animal survivors of the wetlands. . New York, NY: Scholastic Library Publishing.  

Explores how certain wetlands animals, such as the whooping crane and the brown pelican, have recovered after being threatened with extinction.  Ages 10-12.  63 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780531165911

Sovak, J. (2003). Learning about swamp animals. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications

Fact-filled pages and 12 realistic sticker illustrations describe the tree frog, American alligator, great blue heron, white-tailed deer, cottonmouth snake, and 7 other creatures.  Ages 8-10.  16 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780486430256

Tate, S. (2005). Izzie Lizzie alligator: A tale of a big lizard. Manteo, NC: Nags Head Art.

Learn about the American alligator’s family behavior and how pollution affects this species. Facts about alligators are presented while encouraging readers to visit a National Wildlife Refuge and to become Helpful Humans.  Ages 4-9.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 981878405233

Taylor, J. D. (1991). Endangered wetland animals. New York, NY: Crabtree Publishing Company.

Ten endangered animals are highlighted with clear, simple text matched by stunning, full-color photographs by renowned wildlife photographer and author Dave Taylor.  Ages 7-8.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780865055300

Wallace, M. D. (2004). America’s wetlands: Guide to plants and animals. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing.

With maps, a list of common and scientific names, and additional resources, America's Wetlands is a complete guide to North America's most exciting ecosystem.  48 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781555914844

Ward, J., & Marsh, T.J. (2000). Somewhere in the ocean. New York, NY: Scholastic.

A counting book in rhyme presents various marine animals and their children, from a mother manatee and her little calf one to a mother octopus and her little babies ten. Numerals are hidden in each illustration.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780873587488

Westcott, N. B. (1990). Lady with the alligator purse. New York, NY: Little, Brown, Young Readers.

The old jump rope/nonsense rhyme features an ailing young Tiny Tim.  Infants-Pre-K.  24 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780316930741

Coastal Erosion

Baines, J. (2001). Coasts. London, United Kingdom: Hodder Wayland.

Describes different types of coasts, the animals and plants they support, the resources they provide for humans, how they are endangered, and how they can be protected. Includes case studies and activities.  Ages 8-12.  32pp.  ISBN-13: 9780817253707

Blaustein, D. (2000). The Everglades and the Gulf Coast. Salt Lake City, UT: Benchmark Books.

Presents an overview of wetland ecology as seen in Florida's Everglades, the largest freshwater wetlands ecosystem in the continental United States.  Young Adult.  64 pp.  ISBN-13:9780761408963

College of William and Mary. (2007). Where’s the beach? Examining coastal erosion. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

Plans for building a children's camp at the beach are on hold due to beach erosion. The camp received a donation to develop nature-themed experiences and protect the environment, and the camp manager must begin construction quickly to be ready for the summer season. As members of the town council, students develop scientifically-based regulations that will satisfy both the long-term needs of the town and plans for the new camp.  Ages 6-12.  196 pp.  ISBN-13:9780757523885

Colten, C. (2001). Transforming New Orleans and its environs: Centuries of change. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburg Press.

From prehistoric midden building to late-twentieth century industrial pollution, this book traces through history the impact of human activity upon the environment of the Lower Mississippi River Valley.  Adult.  288 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780822957409

Committee on the Restoration and Protection of Coastal Louisiana, National Research Council. (2006). Drawing Louisiana’s map: Addressing land loss in coastal Louisiana. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

Evaluates the near-term plan for the restoration of coastal Louisiana.  Originally released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the “Louisiana Coastal Area [LCA], — Ecosystem Restoration Study” in November 2004, this report draws broad conclusions about how restoration efforts proposed in the LCA Study should evolve in concert with response, reconstruction, and restoration activities in light of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Adult.  204 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780309100540

Cumming, D. (1997). Coasts. Chicago, IL: Raintree Publishers.

Describes coastal erosion, deposition, wildlife, and pollution.  Ages 9-12.  48 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780817245207

Dunne, M. (2005). America’s Wetland: Louisiana’s Vanishing Coast. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press.

Award-winning photographer Bevil Knapp and veteran reporter Mike Dunne sound the clarion call of the catastrophic effects of Louisiana's vanishing coastline - not just for Louisiana but for the nation and the world.  Adult.  144 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780807131152

Ganeri, A. (2006). Cracking coasts. New York, NY: Scholastic Hippo.

Geography with the gritty bits left in! Wave goodbye to boring geography lessons as you clamber up some Cracking Coasts. Marvel at the ginormous Giant's Causeway. Scream as you surf an awesome reef breaker. Shiver with fear as you take a trip to the spooky Skeleton Coast. Visit an eerie lighthouse and go sailing with a snail.  Geography has never been so horrible!  126 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780439963978

Hallowell, C. (2005). Holding back the sea: The struggle on the Gulf Coast to save America. New York, NY: Collins Publ.

Addresses the consequences of ignoring the warning signs that nature provides and the struggle to convince the rest of the country that South Louisiana lay in the path of destruction.  Adult.  265 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780061124242

Hecht, J. (1990). Shifting shores, rising seas, retreating coastlines. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster Children’s Pub.

Describes the various factors that change the shape of coastlines including storms, natural erosion, and rising sea levels.  Young Adult.  160 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780684190877

Heitzmann, C., & Koch, J. (2007). Gulf Coast memory scrapbook: A pictorial journey of hope and healing. Greensburg, IN: Winters Publishing.

Although many of these celebrated artists lost their homes, jobs, music, artwork and supplies in Hurricane Katrina, they did not lose their need to create. The memories depicted here represent just a few of the people, places, and things that make the Mississippi Gulf Coast special to those lucky enough to call it home.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781883651305

Hirschi, R. (1993). Save our oceans and coasts. New York, NY: Delacorte Books for Young Readers.

Discusses the characteristics, animal life, and importance of oceans and coastal areas and ways to protect these habitats.  Ages 9-12.  72 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780385310772

Lockwood, C.C., & Gary, R. (2005). Marsh mission: Capturing the vanishing wetlands. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press.

Louisiana is in a desperate battle to save its coastal wetlands, which are disappearing at the rate of a football field–sized area every 38 minutes. Lockwood immersed himself in the wetlands for an entire year, living on a houseboat with his wife, a schoolteacher, who created an interactive classroom from the boat via the Internet.  106 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780807130964

MCCormick, A. L. (1995). Vanishing wetlands. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group.

This book explains that if wetlands are not overburdened with effluence they can act as pollution filter systems for groundwater.  Young Adult.  112 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781560061625

Mirocha, P. (2006). The Gulf Coast: A literacy field guide. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions.

This collection explores what makes the Gulf Coast region culturally and environmentally distinct. Stories, poems, essays and journal entries provide information on the area’s natural features and reveal the region’s remarkable richness.  Age 9.  252 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781571316653

Streever, B. (2001). Saving Louisiana? The battle for coastal wetlands. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.

An objective look at an ecological uproar pitting scientists, oil companies, and citizens in coastal conflict.  200 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781578063482

Wells, K. (2007). Crawfish mountain. New York, NY: Random House Publishing Group.

The fight over one man’s tract of sacred marsh fronts a deeper story of our place in the environment and our obligations to it.  384 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780375508769

Trees and Plants

Sievert, T. (2005). Wetland Plants. Mankato, MN: Coughlan Publishing.

This book offers a description of wetlands and a brief survey of plants in freshwater and saltwater marshes.  24 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780736843256


Bennett, P. (1999). Flood. Mankato, MN: Black Rabbit Books.

Examines the nature and causes of floods, their impact on society, and ways of defending against them.  Ages 7-10.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781887068895

Berger, M., & Berger, G. (2004). Hurricanes have eyes but can’t see and other amazing facts about the weather. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc.

A photographic exploration into the world of weather. Topics include hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and dust storms.  Ages 7-8.  48 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780439625340

Cole, J. (2006). The magic school bus inside a hurricane. NY, NY: Scholastic.

When Ms. Frizzle's class takes a field trip to the local weather station, they end up in a hurricane.  Ages 4-8.  48 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780590446877

Dudley, W. (2006). Hurricane Katrina. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group.

A book of brief articles that present contrasting views.  Ages 12+.  80 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780737735529

Gibson, K. B. (2005). The fury of Hurricane Andrew, 1992. Hockessin, DE: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Inc.

Describes what a hurricane is, using the damage caused by Hurricane Andrew when it hit Florida in 1992 as an example.  32 pp. ISBN-13: 9781584154167

Hood, S. (1998). Hurricanes! New York, NY: Simon Spotlight.

Provides information and safety tips relating to hurricanes and discusses notable examples from the past.  Ages 7-10.  62 pp.  ISBN-13 : 9780689820175

Kent, D. (2006). The great Mississippi flood of 1927. New York, NY: Scholastic Library Publishing.

Examines important events as defining moments in U.S. history. Each incident includes vital details without overwhelming younger readers. The aftermath is discussed last, telling how the event defined or changed history.  Ages 12+.  48 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780516236285

Lindop, L. (2003). Chasing tornadoes. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publishing Group.

Includes a great deal of scientific information, beginning with a basic explanation of the subject and what scientists are trying to discover, as well as information on educational backgrounds necessary to pursue these careers.  Ages 12-15.  80 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780761327035

London, J. (1998). Hurricane! New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishing.

A young boy describes the experiences of his family when a hurricane hits their home on the island of Puerto Rico.  Ages 8-10.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780688129773

Mercier, D. M. (2006). Yesterday we had a hurricane. Chesapeake, VA: Bumble Bee Publishing.

The experience of a hurricane as seen through the eyes of a child. Young readers will learn about big storms that come from the ocean, the effects of wind and rain, and some of the more lighthearted and practical alternatives to doing without electricity.  Ages 5-8.  40 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780975434253

Norcross, B. (2007). Hurricane almanac: The essential guide to storms past, present, and future. New York, NY: St. Martin's Griffin.

The first half of this book gives hurricane science, history, and perspectives on how we deal with hurricanes. The second half is a personal guide to “Living Successfully in the Hurricane Zone.”  352 pp.  ISBN-13 : 9780312371524

Rabe, Tish (2004). Oh say, can you say, what’s the weather today? All about the weather. New York, NY: Random House Books for Young Readers.

In rhyming text, the Cat in the Hat teaches Sally and Dick about different weather conditions and how we learn about them.  Ages 5-8.  45 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780375822766

Schadler, C. D.(2000). When the rain came down in bayou town. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company.

The people of Bayou Town are in a race against the rain as they try to repair the hole in the Boudreaux family's roof.  Alfons even swims into action to save a family of beavers.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 97815655468

Simon, S. (2007). Hurricanes. New York, NY: Harper Collins.

Discusses where and how hurricanes are formed, the destruction caused by legendary storms, and the precautions to take when a hurricane strikes.  Ages 5-9.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780061170713

Sipiera, P. P. (1999). Floods. New York, NY: Scholastic Library Publishing.

Explains the importance of water to life on Earth, how flooding occurs, and some of its most devastating consequences.  48 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780516264349

Smith, D. W. (1999). Hattie Marshall and the Hurricane. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.

As a hurricane destroys the coast of South Louisiana in October 1893, Hattie and Eric learn that family and friendship are far more important than gold.  Ages 9-12.  144 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781565546752

St. Romain, R. A. (2003). Moon’s cloud blanket. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company.

In this retelling of a Native American tale, the Moon weaves a blanket of clouds around a mother and her children who are freezing atop a cypress tree, having sought shelter from a flood.  Ages 5-8.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781565549227

Visser, R. (2006). Story of a storm: A book about Hurricane Katrina. Brandon, MS: Quail Ridge Press.

Through collage art, a story is told that expresses profound emotions and describes the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. The story begins with preparation and evacuation, moves through the stresses of being displaced and not knowing the whereabouts of loved ones, and ends with a message of the persistence of hope. Ages 4-8.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781893062863

Wiesner, D. (1992). Hurricane. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.

The morning after a hurricane, two brothers find an uprooted tree which becomes a magical place, transporting them on adventures limited only by their imaginations.  Ages 5-8.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780395629741


Ableman, B. E. (1998). Swampland. Danbury, CT: Children’s Press.

Describes the characteristics of the Okefenokee Swamp and the animals and plants that live there.  Ages 4-8.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 97805162037448

Aloian, M., & Kalman, B. (2006). A wetland habitat. New York, NY: Crabtree Publishing Company.

Stunning, colorful photographs and clear, concise language help teach children about A Wetland Habitat.  Ages 4-8.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780778729556

Anderson, M. (1998). Leapfrogging through wetlands. Indianapolis, IN: Dog-Eared Publications.

Written by scientists, science educators and writers, these action-packed books discuss the work of scientists and their research, and deal with environmental problems and some of their solutions.  Ages 9-11.  40 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780941042185

Arnosky, J. (2000). Wild and swampy. New York, NY: Harper Collins Children’s Books.

Describes and portrays the birds, snakes, and other animals that can be seen in a swamp.  Ages 6-10.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780688171193

Arnosky, J. (2007). Babies in the bayou. New York, NY: Penguin Young Readers Group.

Children will fall under the bayou’s spell as they learn about a new world in this lyrically charming book by one of our most respected naturalists.  Ages 3-8.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780399226533

Bateman, D. M., & Lies, B. (2007). Deep in the swamp. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.

Describes the plants and animals of Florida's Okefenokee Swamp.  Ages 3-8.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781570915970

Braus, J. (1999). Wading into wetlands. New York, NY: Chelsea House Publishers.

Kids and teachers wade into bogs, swamps, and marshes to show firsthand why wetlands are so important to wildlife and people.  Ages 6-12.  87 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780791048375

Brewer, D. (2003). Wetlands. Mankato, MN: Black Rabbit Books.

This book explores wetland ecosystems, and the impact human activities have had on them.  Ages 6-9.  57 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781593907268

Brown, M. (2005). Postcards from Buster: Buster and the great swamp. Boston MA: Little Brown Children’s Books.

When his father takes him to visit the Louisiana bayou, Buster sends postcards to his friends back home telling them about the Cajun language, learning to catch crabs, and keeping watch for a swamp monster.  Ages 6-9.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780316159128

Carroll, D. M. (2001). A swampwalker’s journal: A wetland’s year. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Carroll takes us on a lively, unforgettable yearlong journey through the wetlands, illustrated with his own elegant drawings, and reveals why wetlands are so important to all life on Earth.  Adult.  304 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780618127375

Duey, K. (1999). Swamp: Bayou Teche, Louisiana, 1851. New York, NY: Aladdin Paperbacks.

In 1851 in Louisiana, Paul is abandoned in the bayous by his older brothers and it is up to his lame Cajun friend Lily to find him.  Ages 9-12.  160 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780689829291

Duffy, T. (1994). Vanishing wetlands. New York, NY: Scholastic Library Publishing.

Learn about types of wetlands and the importance of preserving them.  Young Adult.  112 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780531130346

Dunphy, M. (2007). Here is the wetland. Berkeley, CA: Web of Life Children’s Books.

Uses a cumulative approach to describe the wetland ecology of a freshwater marsh, the most common type of wetland in North America.  Ages 5-8.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780977379583

Fowler, A. (1999). Life in a wetland. New York, NY: Scholastic Library Publishing.

A simple description of what a wetland is and what kinds of life can be found in it.  Young Adult.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780516264172

Garrett, A., & Chandler, K. (1999). Keeper of the swamp. New York, NY: Turtle Books.

A boy's heritage from his dying grandfather, who protects the alligators of their Louisiana swamp from poachers, is the knowledge of the ways of the swamp and how it should be preserved. Includes informational pages on alligators and swamps.  Ages 4-8.  40 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781890515126

Geraghty, P. (1995). Over the steamy swamp. London, United Kingdom: Voyager Books.

A hungry mosquito starts a food chain in a steamy swamp as each hungry animal both preys and is preyed upon.  Ages 4-6.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780152005610

Gibbons, G. (1999). Marshes and swamps. London, United Kingdom: Holiday House, Inc.

Defines marshes and swamps, discusses how conditions in them may change, and examines the life found in and around them.  Ages 5-8.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780823415151

Greenaway, T. (2000). Swamp life. New York, NY: DK Children.

Discusses the plants and animals that live in swamps. Includes caiman, snapping turtles, and water lettuce.  Ages 6-9.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780789460714

Guiberson, B Z., & Lloyd, M.(1994).Spoonbill swamp. New York: NY: Henry Holt & Co., Inc.

Depicts a swamp and the creatures that inhabit it, focusing on the day-to-day activities of spoonbills and alligators.  Ages 4-8.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780805033854

Hirshberg, J. S. (2000). Nicky the swamp dog: A true story. Lafayette, LA: Acadian House Publishing.

True story of a small dog who finds a home with a swamp tour guide in the Atchafalaya River Basin in southern Louisiana.  Ages 8-10.  39 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780925417367

Isaacs, A. (2000). Swamp angel. New York, NY: Puffin.

Along with other amazing feats, Angelica Longrider, also known as Swamp Angel, wrestles a huge bear, known as Thundering Tarnation, to save the winter supplies of the settlers in Tennessee. Ages 4-8.  48 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780140559088

Johnson,R. (2004). Journey into a wetland. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publishing Group.

Takes readers on a walk in a swamp, showing examples of how the animals and plants of wetlands are connected and dependent on each other and the wetland's watery environment.  48 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781575055930

Kalman,B. & Burns, K. (2006). Wetland food chains. New York, NY: Crabtree Publishing Company.

A wide variety of plants and animals live, visit, and feed in wetlands, but wetlands are fast disappearing. This book explains which plants and animals live in this habitat and how they interact with one another in the marsh.32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780778719991

Ladoux, R. (2001). Louisiana. (Hello USA). Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publishing Group.

Introduces the geography, history, people, industries, and other highlights of Louisiana.  Ages 8-11.  84 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780822540656

Lawlor, E. (2000). Discover nature in water and wetlands: Things to know and things to do. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Bks.

Introduces the reader to some common plants and animals that can be found in various water environments and provides various related "hands-on" activities.  240 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780811727310

Lindeen,C. (2003). Life in a wetland. Mankato, MN: Coughlan Publishing.

Simple text and photographs introduce the wetland biome, including the environment, animals, and plants.  Ages 4-8.  24 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780736821049

Liptak, K. (1991). Saving our wetlands and their wildlife. New York, NY: Scholastic Library Publishing.

Describes different types of wetlands and their wildlife, including endangered plants and animals, explaining the environmental threats to the wetlands themselves.  Ages 12+.  64 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780531200926

Loughran, D. (2003). Living near the wetland. Danbury, CT: Children’s Press.

Introduces the wetland environment and some of the people and animals that dwell in wetlands.  Ages 6-7.  31 pp.  ISBN-13: 97805162274412

Luenn, N. (1994). Squish! A wetland walk. New York, NY: Atheneum.

In simple poetic language Nancy Luenn describes what a wetland is, indicates the animals that call a wetland home, and tells why the wetlands are important to us.  Ages 5-8.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780689318429

Mayer, M. (1997). Liza Lou and yeller belly swamp. New York, NY: Aladdin.

With her quick thinking Liza Lou manages to outwit all the haunts, gobblygooks, and witches in the Yeller Belly Swamp.  Ages 3-7.  48 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780689815058

Mudd-Ruth, M. (2000). The Mississippi River. Oregon City, OR: Marshall Cavendish Inc.

The complex elements of the multiple ecosystems making up the Mississippi River Way are presented in this science text in an understandable and comprehensive manner.  Age 11.  64 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780761409342

National Wildlife Federation.(1997). Wading into wetlands. Columbus, OH: McGraw-Hill.

Learn about the characteristics of fresh and saltwater wetlands and how to protect them while joining in 20 thrilling indoor activities that reveal such wonders as gator holes, meat-eating plants, and quakin' and shakin' bogs.  Ages 6-12.  87 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780070465077

Nichols, C. (2002). Wetlands. Oregon City OR: Marshall Cavendish.

Presents the different kinds of wetlands, such as swamps, marshes, and bogs, and introduces some of the animals that live there.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780761414346

Paul, T. (1997). By lakes and rivers. New York, NY: Crabtree Publishing Company.

Illustrates and describes the tracks of beavers, herons, frogs, and other wetland creatures, with information on the sounds they make, their pawprints, and their dwellings.  Ages 7-8.  32 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780865055865

Pitre, V. (1991). Grandma was a sailmaker: Tales of the Cajun wetlands. Accord, NY: Blue Heron Press.

The author recounts his part-Acadian material grandmother’s unusual occupation making boat sails, tents, and tarpaulins for small ships. Other stories reflect his experiences from the 1920s through the 1940s in Lafourche Parish, South Louisiana.  Ages 4-8.  160 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780962172458

Rivera, S. (2005). Wetland. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publishing Group.

Introduce beginning readers to habitats with this colorful look at some of the plants and animals that live in a wetland.  Ages 8-12.  23 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780822525981

Salas, L. P. (2007). Wetlands: Soggy habitat. Mankato, MN: Coughlan Publishing.

This introduction to wetlands would work well as part of a nature walk to a wetland. Includes a glossary, an index, and suggestions for further reading. From the "Amazing Science Ecosystems" series.  Ages 5-9.  24 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781404831001

Schade, S., & Buller, J. (2003). Back to the Bayou. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc.

Danger Joe Denim and his family are on an outing to the heart of Louisiana swampland, where they will film a Danger Joe episode starring the world's largest American Alligator.  Ages 7-9.  112 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780439409780

Sill, C., & Sill, J. (2008). About habitats: Wetlands. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree Publishers.

This guide teaches children what wetlands are, what kinds of animals and plants live there, and how wetlands help maintain the delicate balance among Earth's environments.  Ages 8-12.  240 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781561454327

St. Antoine, S. (2002). Stories from where we live:The Gulf Coast. Milkweed Editions.

With stops in such uniquely southern locales as Texas’s Neches River Bottom, Mississippi’s Pascagoula, and Louisiana’s Bayou Dorcheat, this book introduces past and present inhabitants of the area, including Choctaw Indians, fur traders, cotton farmers, and city kids.  Ages 12+.  252 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781571316363

Stewart, M. (2003). Life in a wetland. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publications.

Simple text and photographs introduce the wetland biome, including the environment, animals, and plants.  24 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780822546870

Stille, D. R. (1999). Wetlands. New York, NY: Scholastic Library Publishing.

Examines the different types of wetlands and the plant and animal life they support.  48 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780516215129

Stone, L. M. (2004). Wetlands. Vero Beach, FL: Rourke Publishing.

Explores the wetlands of North America, animals that dwell in them, and how wetlands are changing.  Ages 12+.  48 pp.  ISBN-13: 9781589526884

Vogel, C. (2003). Shifting Shores. London, United Kingdom: Franklin Watts.

Looks beneath the ocean's surface at the shifting of tectonic plates, the relationship between ocean and climate, and the complex paths of currents that thread the seas.  Ages 12+.  80 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780531123225

Warner, G. C. (2002). Mystery of the Alligator Swamp. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman and Company.

Benny sees something in the swamp that no one can explain. Could it be the ghost of Gator Ann-a long dead alligator-come back to haunt the swamp and its inhabitants?  144 pp.  ISBN-13: 9780807555170

Wilhelm, H.(1995). Tyrone and the swamp gang. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc.

The dinosaur star of Tyrone, the Double Dirty Rotten Cheater and Tyrone the Horrible is back! Tyrone, the world's first bully, stirs up trouble at school when he talks everyone into joining his new gang, the Swampies.  Ages 6-8.  30 pp.  ISBN-13: 9789590254748

This listing of coastal and wetland-related books was initially compiled by Dr. Margaret-Mary Sulentic-Dowell’s EDCI 3200 (Reading, Writing, and Oral Communication in the Elementary School) during the spring of 2008. These LSU preservice students compiled the list as a service-learning project for the course. The contributed list was subsequently annotated and expanded by Coastal Roots staff. We are grateful to these future teachers for their assistance.