Books for the Beach

The sun on your skin, a warm breeze blowing, the sound of waves in the background – and a good book. The beach is a perfect place to get swept away by a great story. Here are a few of our favorite beach reads. If you’d like more suggestions, talk to a librarian at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and we’d be happy to provide you with additional recommendations.

These and many other titles are available at the various Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations and libraries throughout Allegheny County with your free library card. If you don’t have a card, it’s easy to sign up here and we’re always open to building a personalized book list just for you at While you’re at it, be sure to register for Summer Reading, too!

Bad Monkey

If ex-Miami cop Andrew Yancy can prove a murder took place involving the arm in his freezer and not a boating-accident/shark-luncheon, he might have a second chance with the Monroe County sheriff’s office. A string of wildly unpredictable characters and events takes him from Key West to Miami to the Bahamas. A fiercely pointed and wickedly funny Hiaasen tale. This title is also available as an eBook from OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio from OverDrive/Libby.


Long Island, a winery, and a trashy book club… Sadie discovers that her grandmother once ran a ‘trashy’ book club, and resurrecting the book club might just hold the secrets the family need to save their winery. This title is also available as an eBook from OverDrive/Libby.


Fish and Sun

One day, bored little Fish journeys up to the surface of the ocean where it meets Sun, and a wonderful friendship blooms. 

Guess What!?

Zoom Squirrel and the squirrel pals are looking forward to going to the beach. 

The Twilight World

This novel tells the story of Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier who defended a small island in the Philippines for 29 years after the end of World War II. Herzog immortalizes and imagines Onoda’s years of struggle in a style that’s part documentary, part poem, and part dream. Described as a sort of modern-day Robinson Crusoe tale.

Ty's Travels: Beach Day!

Ty turns an ordinary day in the sandbox into a fun beach day. He wiggles his toes in the sand, finds seashells, builds a castle, and splashes in the ocean. When his neighbor’s beach ball flies into his backyard, Ty learns that a beach day is even better with a friend.

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

This title selected for New & Notable Children’s by Laura K. – 6.20.2022