The Ocean Blue and You

During a light rain, a child dozes on a sandy ocean-side beach, snuggling in her mother’s arms. But while the sand beneath her is soft and still, there’s a whirlwind of activity in the sea next to her. The waves roll back and forth to shore, while beneath them a busy underwater world is teeming with life. As the girl sleeps, she dreams of participating in that world.

Through lyrical text, award-winning science writer Suzanne Slade (June Almeida, Virus Detective! The Woman Who Discovered the First Human Coronavirus) takes young readers on an exploration of our oceans and the many creatures and ecosystems found there, from migrating whales to elusive eels to the colorful coral reefs.

Back matter includes science facts, as well as a reminder of why we need to be good stewards of the world’s oceans. This companion title to The Universe and You illustrates once again that our natural world is full of wonders just waiting to be explored.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
On pre-order until 08/01/2024 $18.99 $18.99
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level M
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781534112797), PDF (9781668945216), Hosted ebook (9781668945728)
Copyright 2024
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 10 x 10
Graphics Full-color illustrations

Author: Suzanne Slade

As a girl, Suzanne Slade spent her summers at Tippecanoe Lake in Indiana where she enjoyed watching many tadpoles, turtles, and beautiful butterflies. A geek at heart, Suzanne is the award-winning author of dozens of nature and science books. Her latest picture book, The Inventor’s Secret, is a 2016 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book. Suzanne lives in Libertyville, Illinois.

Illustrator: Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Stephanie Fizer Coleman is an illustrator with a penchant for playful color and rich texture. Having grown up in a rural area surrounded by nature, it’s no surprise that furry and feathered creatures are her favorite subjects to draw. When she’s not drawing, Steph can be found sipping tea and reading books. She lives in West Virginia with her husband and two dogs. Learn more about her at

Educational front/back matter
Original artwork
Full-color illustrations