Things in the Sea are Touching Me!

Look in the water, Ma!
Golly, oh gee!
Some THING in the sea is TOUCHING ME!

You’ll squawk, screech, yelp… and laugh out loud at the surprises for all on this funny-sunny family day at the beach.

We all know that breath-catching feeling of something brushing past our shins as we wade out to the waves, or stepping on something slimy in the sea … this story uses humour to tackle the fear.

This light-hearted rhyming story follows the experience of a little girl’s day at the beach with her two mums, as she unexpectedly encounters a range of sea life – with a fun twist at the end!

Written by Linda Jane Keegan and illustrated by Minky Stapleton

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A great read-aloud book for ages 3 to 7 and the perfect introduction to ‘things in the sea’ that some kids do find a little bit scary! Covers themes of diversity, ocean ecosystems, holidays, and fear of the unknown.


NZ Booklovers ~ Illustrator Minky Stapleton’s bright, simple yet expressive artwork is perfectly matched with the story. Each creature is shown in interesting perspective – both in macro and from afar on opposite pages. This helps, again, to break down the fear of the unknown for children.
The black page with bold white text when the child is screaming is a wonderful visual representation of fear. It makes for a great visual symbol for younger children when re-reading the story as well. It’s a fantastic book to read aloud, especially if you’re the type of bedtime storyteller that uses a lot of expression. We had plenty of fun squawking, screeching, and yelping while reading it. Things In The Sea Are Touching Me is not only about our beloved ocean though. It’s a much-needed that cover the theme of diversity. The simple process of seeing a child with two mums in a picture book was a great way to spark a conversation about families.

About the NZ author

Find out more about Kiwi author Linda Jane Keegan on her author page.Linda Jane Keegan

Additional information

Dimensions25 × 24 cm
First published



Softcover edition



Page count


Published by

Scholastic NZ

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