The Golden Isles is home to some golden beaches. The sun will likely be out this weekend, so it’s the perfect time to head to one of the many beaches here with a good book and do some reading. Ask your parents to take you out to the shore and try not to get any pages wet.

I grew up far away from the beach, so when I was little, the only things I knew about the ocean came from books. Here are some great books to teach you about the the ocean and sea life you can read while you’re at the beach.

“A House for a Hermit Crab” by Eric Carle is the story of a hermit crab in search of a new home. This 32-page picture book chronicles with the hermit crab’s struggle when he outgrows his shell and has to move into a new one. Along the way he gets some help decorating his new house from his friends.

Another good book to check out is “The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor” by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen. This book follows the eccentric teacher Ms. Frizzle as she leads her science class on another daring field trip, this time to the sea floor. The book is a great way to learn about deep sea thermal vents, coral reefs and sea life. Once you’ve finished this book, try checking out some other “Magic School Bus” books as well to learn more about science and the world around you. They include books about the water cycle and global warming, two things that greatly affect our oceans.

“The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau” by Dan Yaccarino, which explores the life and accomplishments of the famed french oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. Cousteau invented diving equipment that led to what scuba divers still use today. He was also an conservationist and spoke out against the pollution of the oceans.

Another good way to learn about the ocean and nature is to read National Geographic magazine. For younger readers, “National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean” is a great place to learn all about the sea creatures that lurk below the waves.

We’re getting more and more submissions every day from you guys, so keep up the good work. This week, whether you take a trip to the beach or not, make sure to pick up a book and learn a little about the world that exists right off of our coast.