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03-27-2014 08:54 PM
Re: Books to get kids interested in sailing?

Just wrote a book, "Zip the Little Wooden Sailboat", good for K-1st grade. It has some terms and a diagram at the end. Look for it on amazon.
09-24-2013 05:55 PM
Re: Books to get kids interested in sailing?

I would like to agree with the previous post...captains couragious...excellent....there is also a (black and white) movie version which was very well done and available on netflix.

For older kids, especially girls, Jessica Watson's book...True Spirit is a good read.

I have been trying to get my kids to read treasure island with no success...the "old english" just turns them off...they want modern books.

My personal favorites have to be Joshua Slocums hilarious book...Sailing Alone around the world, and Ernest Shackletons terrible tale of the south pole... Endurance (also South, same story).

Almost every cartoon series has characters sailing across an ocean to find adventure...Dora, the backyardigns, etc.
09-24-2013 03:16 PM
Re: Books to get kids interested in sailing?

My grandsons are that age!! 10 & 12
09-24-2013 03:12 PM
Re: Books to get kids interested in sailing?

I started reading Swallows and Amazons, and thought it was severely dated. I'm not sure my boys (7 and 5) would enjoy it. I could see it for older kids (10-12), but for younger kids, I think it may be a bit much.
09-24-2013 03:07 PM
Re: Books to get kids interested in sailing?

Originally Posted by AdamLein View Post
Captains Courageous, by Rudyard Kipling. Grand Banks fishing schooner.
This is absolutely on of my most favorite movies!! Can't watch it enough! I love it!
09-22-2013 02:24 PM
Re: Books to get kids interested in sailing?

The Craft of Sail is an amazing how to book. If you absorb everything in that book you'd be a pretty good sailor. Pictures are so well done. It has everything. Racing tides anchoring history theory. Short and sweet.
09-22-2013 10:53 AM
Re: Books to get kids interested in sailing?

2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th on the Swallows and Amazons series (that's one vote from each member of our family). My wife has been reading Ransome's books to my 5 1/2-year-old son, and he's eating it up. Even our 2-year-old daughter seems to enjoy it ("What John doing, Mommy?"). Ransome really captures a child's vivid imagination and the seriousness of play.

Other possibilities:

--Jessie's Island, by Sheryl McFarlane and Sheena Lott. Not sailing exactly, but a really well-done exposition of the joys of exploring a Canadian Puget Sound island. And beautifully illustrated. Great for younger kids

--Danger, Dolphins, and Ginger Beer, by John Vigor. We just found a used copy, and haven't read it yet. It looks to be in the same genre as Swallows and Amazons, and we've appreciated Vigor's other writing, so we're looking forward to this one too.

--The Annapolis Book of Seamanship. Don't ask me why, but it's been one of his favorite books for months now, and a frequent request for bedtime 'stories'.

Aside from books, the things that have probably most impacted our son's sailing addiction are getting to helm our little skiff, and watching America's Cup on YouTube. Say what you like about AC34 (and there's plenty to say), but he's pretty well justified in finding watching 72-foot foiling cats a pretty exciting pastime.
08-15-2013 10:04 AM
Re: Books to get kids interested in sailing?

I have Swallows and Amazons on my shelf. I bought it a few years ago because I always read that it's a great book but I never got around to it. I will now.
08-15-2013 10:01 AM
Re: Books to get kids interested in sailing?

Captains Courageous, by Rudyard Kipling. Grand Banks fishing schooner.
08-15-2013 09:47 AM
Re: Books to get kids interested in sailing?

My local library had "Swallows and Amazons". I read it and then had my daughter read it. She wasn't as hooked as I'd hoped, but she did read the whole book. I had her write down any terms she didn't understand and I explained them to her.

A few months later we were watching Jeopardy and one of the categories was about sailing. She correctly gave the answer/question, "What is tacking?" when none of the contestants knew the answer. Made me proud.

- Jasen.
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