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Crabs: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about crabs?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to crabs. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about crabs.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

We hope this list of kids books about crabs can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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A House for Hermit Crab
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Join Hermit Crab as he learns an important lesson about growing up: For every friend and adventure left behind, there are new ones just ahead!

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Lobster vs. Crab
Written by Jerry Pallotta & illustrated by Rob Bolster
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

What if a lobster and a crab had a fight? Who do you think would win? This nonfiction reader compares and contrasts two ferocious sea creatures. Readers will learn about each animal’s anatomy, behavior, and more. Then compare and contrast the battling pair before finally discovering the winner! This nonfiction series is full of facts, photos, and realistic illustrations, and it includes a range of mammals, sea creatures, insects, and dinosaurs to satisfy all kinds of animal fans.

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On My Beach
Written & illustrated by Sara Gillingham
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Turn the colorful die-cut pages of this irresistible board book to discover just what makes little crab’s beach so cozy. Is it the soft sand? Is it the salty seaweed? No, it’s his loving family! Bright pictures, a sweet reassuring message, unique layered pages, and an adorable finger puppet combine to create interactive reading and playtime fun!

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Hello, Crabby!
Written & illustrated by Jonathan Fenske
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Check out this hilarious early reader series from Geisel Award Honoree Jonathan Fenske!Pick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic’s early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency. Acorn books plant a love of reading and help readers grow! Crabby is NOT happy. Sun is in Crabby’s eyes. Salt is in Crabby’s teeth. Sand is in Crabby’s shell. Plankton tries again and again to cheer Crabby up – with laugh-out-loud results! Will Crabby ever crack a smile? Or will Crabby always be crabby? With comic speech bubbles and full-color artwork throughout, Geisel Award Honoree Jonathan Fenske’s early reader series is sure to be a hit with new readers!

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Don't Worry, Little Crab
Written & illustrated by Chris Haughton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

From the award-winning creator of Shh! We Have a Plan comes a vibrantly colorful story about mustering the courage to try something new.

Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a tiny rock pool near the sea. Today they’re going for a dip in the big ocean. “This is going to be so great,” says Little Crab, splish-splashing and squelch-squelching along, all the way to the very edge. Then comes a first glance down at the waves. WHOOSH! Maybe it’s better if they don’t go in? With vivid colors, bold shapes, and his trademark visual humor, Chris Haughton shows that sometimes a gentle “don’t worry, I’m here” can keep tentative little crabs sidestepping ahead – and help them discover the brilliant worlds that await when they take the plunge.

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  • Peanut Butter and Jellyfish - From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo. Peanut Butter and Jellyfish are best of friends and swim up, down, around, and through their ocean home.
    Crabby is their neighbor. He is not their best friend.
    But when Crabby gets in trouble, will Peanut Butter and Jellyfish come to the rescue?
    You bet they will!
    From award-winning picture book creator Jarrett J. Krosoczka, this is a funny and touching story of friendships old and new, and about being brave enough to apologize.

  • A Perfect Day - A seagull and a crab find friendship and compromise in this sweet and humorous story about the meaning of perfection. The sky is blue, the sun is warm, the breeze is cool–it’s a perfect day for Seagull, perched on a rock in the sea. That is, until crabby Crab comes along and points out all of the day’s flaws! There’s a cloud in the sky, a smelly boat in the distance, and the rock that they’re sitting on is covered in barnacles. In this sweet and funny story about finding happiness amidst flaws, Seagull and Crab learn that nothing is more perfect than spending time with friends.

  • Let's Play, Crabby! - The second book in Geisel Award Honoree Jonathan Fenske’s hilarious underwater early reader series!Pick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic’s early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency. Acorn books plant a love of reading and help readers grow! Plankton wants Crabby to play a game. Plankton tries to get Crabby to play Simon Says, Tag, and Hide-and-Seek. But Crabby does NOT want to play with Plankton. Will Plankton give up? Or will Crabby finally play along? With comic speech bubbles and full-color artwork throughout, Geisel Award Honoree Jonathan Fenske’s early reader series is sure to be a hit with new readers!

  • The Hermit Crab - The hermit crab would prefer to blend into the background. He is happy to spend his time alone, looking for food. But when he finds a flashy new shell, he can’t resist trying it on for size. He is so taken with it that he doesn’t notice the mysterious contraption that floats down from the surface. While the lobster wonders if the contraption is a restaurant and the bluefish thinks it’s a trap, the poor flounder gets stuck underneath! When the hungry hermit crab investigates the delicious smells coming from the contraption and frees the flounder, he inadvertently becomes a hero. But is the hermit crab ready for the limelight?

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Clem and Crab
Written & illustrated by Fiona Lumbers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

Clem is an explorer, a collector, a protector of the seas! Treasure hunting on her beloved beach, she stumbles across Crab, whose claw is stuck in a plastic bag. Crab will be much safer and happier in the city with Clem, but doesn’t he belong on the beach? A stunningly illustrated, timely tale of cleaning up our beaches, with the message that every small action helps.

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Wake Up, Crabby!
Written & illustrated by Jonathan Fenske
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

It’s bedtime for this cranky crab!Pick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic’s early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency. Acorn books plant a love of reading and help readers grow!It’s bedtime for Plankton and Crabby! Crabby just wants to go to sleep, but Plankton has other ideas. Plankton wants Crabby to take a bath. Plankton wants Crabby to tell a bedtime story. Will Crabby ever get to go to sleep? With comic speech bubbles and full-color artwork throughout, Geisel Award Honoree Jonathan Fenske’s early reader series is sure to be a hit with new readers!

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Bedtime for Cranky Crab
Written by Cristina Ergunay & illustrated by Heather Gross
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

This sweet rhyming padded board book is perfect for cranky kiddos not quite ready for bed, perfect for fans of Grumpy Monkey and The Pout-Pout Fish! Cranky Crab is NOT ready for bed. The sea creatures around him are all drifting off to sleep, but he just wants to eat snacks and play! Maybe what he really needs is… a bedtime kiss!Follow Cranky Crab as he travels past dolphins, starfish, seals, and more, all snuggling down in their habitats. As night falls, the water darkens and colors change, lulling Cranky Crab – and the reader – to sleep.This sweet, rhyming text is brought to life in unique, soft technicolor, and the dreamy underwater world will soothe even the crankiest little crabs!

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Sharky McShark
Written by Alison Murray
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A humorous yet touching retelling of The Lion and the Mouse that reminds young readers of the importance of friendship. Sharky McShark is the meanest, most fearsome creature in the ocean. When she’s around, the clownfish clear out, the flatfish flee, and even the rocks get out of her way. As the biggest bully in the sea, Sharky doesn’t think she needs friends. But then one day–with a plink! plank! plonk!–a tiny crab tumbles into her world and proves that everyone, even the scariest underwater bully, needs a friend. This fun-filled undersea story, based on Aesop’s classic fable, explores bullying, friendship, and the true meaning of courage.

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The Crabfish
Written by & illustrated by Vincent Nguyen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Classic folk music and colorful illustrations tell this funny tale of a little man who tries to help his sick wife feel better by granting her wish to dine on crabfish. Upon being presented to his wife for her examination, the wily crustacean pops up and grabs her by the nose. Passed down for 400 years through song, this folktale continues the oral tradition. The new edition includes a link to a free mp3 download featuring two versions of the song, one with a singer and the other with an accompaniment for singing along.

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  • The Crab Alphabet Book - With his signature humor and amazing facts, best-selling author Jerry Pallott a offers a decapod for every letter of the alphabet. From A is for Arrow Crab to Z is for Zebra Hermit Crab, young scientists learn about a vast variety of crab species, their body parts, where they live, what they eat, and more. Did you know that the Imocaris is a fossil that scientists believe was the first crab to inhabit the earth?

  • Get Well, Crabby! - Take a sick day with the ocean’s crankiest crab!Pick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic’s early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency. Acorn books plant a love of reading and help readers grow!Oh no! Crabby doesn’t feel well, and Plankton is determined to play doctor. But Plankton’s ideas aren’t always the most helpful. He takes his own temperature, wraps Crabby in bandages, and caters to Crabby’s increasingly outrageous demands. Will Crabby get better before Plankton finally loses his cool?This timely story addresses a concern on every child’s mind – how can we help when our friends are sick?With comic speech bubbles and full-color artwork throughout, Geisel Award Honoree Jonathan Fenske’s early reader series is sure to be a hit with new readers!

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