Children's Books

Adkins, Jan. Wooden Ship. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1978. Illustrated story of building a whaling ship.

Appelbaum, Diana Karter. Giants in the Land. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1993. Describes how huge white pines were cut down in New England to make masts for the British Navy.

Ansel, Willits Dyer. A Kid’s Book on Boatbuilding. Brooklin, ME: WoodenBoat, 2001. Cartoon-style illustrations, easy reading. Information on tools, vocabulary and process of building boats by a Maine author.

Davis, Kay and Wendy Oldfield. My Boat. Milwaukee: G. Stevens Publishers, 1994. Stability and displacement of a boat.

Frederick, Dawn. How it Happens at the Boat Factory. Minneapolis, MN: Clara House Books, 2002. Describes how aluminum boats are made.

Gibbons, Gail. Boat Book. New York: Holiday House, 1983. Picture book, ages 4-6.

Pallotta, Jerry. Boat Alphabet Book. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge Publishing, 2003. Facts about many different kinds of boats. Preschool-early elementary level.

Purcell, Cindy. From Glass to Boat. New York: Children’s Press, 1992. The process of making fiberglass boats. Good photographs. Ages 7-12.

Rockwell, Anne. Boats. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1982. Preschool level.

Thomas, David. How Ships are Made. New York: Facts on File Publications, 1989. Naval architecture for young readers.

Wurmfeld, Hope Herman. Boatbuilder. New York: Macmillan, 1988. Building a Friendship sloop in Ralph Stanley’s traditional boatyard in Maine. (see Craig Milner’s recent book about Ralph Stanley.) Good photographs. Ages 8 and up.