Both kids are book worms, which is more of a challenge for Kinsley than Owen when it comes to life and storage on a boat. Owen adds to his Kindle regularly but Kinsley, solidly in the picture book department, needs more physical books aboard. She’s a huge fan of Mercer Meyer and Richard Scarry, as well as anything involving boats, beaches, or seals. We visit the library often but have a collection on board as well.

Her books make their home all over the boat. Library books usually pile up next to my bed where we read before bed each night. Others are stored in a box under her bed or on the little shelf in her room. I also keep a bag of books in the car and rotate these from the car to the boat from time to time. Come spring, when our storage unit is a little easier to dig through, I’ll freshen up her library with some old favorites from there as well.

Here are some of Kinsley’s favorite boat kid books.

The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boyton

Andre the Famous Harbor Seal by Fran Hodgkins

Lighthouse Dog to the Rescue by Angeli Perrow

One Morning in Maine by Robert McClockey

The Sailor Dog by Margaret Wise Brown

Port Side Pirates by Debbie Harter

The Summerfolk by Doris Burn

Boats by Anne Rockwell

Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey

The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown

A Day at the Beach by Mircea Vasiliu