August 7 – National Sea Serpent Day

Happy Sea Serpent Day!

There’s no reason not to go into the water… these sea serpents won’t hurt you!

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The Loch Mess Monster written by Helen Lester and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger (2014)

Read more about Angus, the youngest and messiest Loch Ness Monster HERE.

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The Sea Serpent and Me written by Dashka Slater and illustrated by Catia Chien (2008)

A little girl finds a baby sea serpent who had gotten whipped up in a hurricane and dropped with the rain into the water system, right into the girl’s bathtub. They play and swim and splash together. The girl puts him into a tank but he grows too big to keep, so she promises to take him back to the sea. Every day it rains, and the girl can’t go to the beach, but the sea serpent keeps growing and growing. By the end of the week, the rain had not let up and the girl agreed to take him for  walk in her wagon to the beach anyway. As the sea serpent said, ‘the rain isn’t any wetter than the ocean’. Once in the water, the sea serpent splashes and swims. The girl remembers how she used to hold him in her hands. The sun came out and they played together in the ocean until the sun went down. She kissed him good-bye and he swam away.

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Sea Monster’s First Day written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Andy Rash (2011)

Ernest, the sea monster, has a hard time fitting in at school. He was much bigger than his classmates and it looked like everyone else was already a part of a group. And on top of everything else, he was teased by the largemouth bass. Still Ernest enjoyed reading, singing, and field trips. Then he saw the shadow of a familiar shape in the water. He poked his head above water and saw a huge roller coaster ride called the Diving Dragon. That gave him a great idea, Ernest became a ride for all the littler fish at school. Now Ernest couldn’t wait to get back to school the next day.

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Sea Monsters written by Stephen Cumbaa and illustrated by Margot Thompson (2007)

This non-fiction picture book takes a closer look at myths, legends, and real sea monsters. Many sea monsters reportedly seen by sailors long ago were actually giant squids, octopus, whales, or other unusual sea creature. Readers will get background information and facts about the kraken, devilfish, and ancient creatures like the ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, and mosasaurs. They will also learn about not-so-gentle giants living today and the sea serpents scientists are still trying to find if they exist at all, like the Loch Ness Monster, Lake Champlain Monster, and the Gloucester Sea Serpent.

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