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Children's Fiction Environment

I Hear You, Ocean

by (author) Kallie George

illustrated by Carmen Mok

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Environment, Imagination & Play, Marine Life, Values & Virtues
Recommended Age
3 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
    List Price

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This joyful and soothing book about ocean sounds for kids 3-7 will transport readers to the seaside.

When a child visits the ocean with his little brother, he whispers to him, “The ocean has lots to say, if you listen.” Together, they hear wondrous things, like the rumble of pebbles tumbling and filling the beach with shiny gems, the bark of a seal playing peekaboo, and the whooshing of a shell murmuring messages.

The second book in the Sounds of Nature Series for young children, I Hear You, Ocean is an excellent resource for outdoor education and social-emotional learning, helping to teach:

  • How to engage with nature in fun and respectful ways
  • Mindfulness and empathy with the world around us
  • Positive and gentle play with younger siblings
  • The ocean makes magical sounds—you just have to listen!

Book #2 in the Sounds of Nature series! This picture book series about listening to nature explores different ecosystems, including forest, ocean, and mountain soundscapes. It encourages mindfulness, outdoor education, and social-emotional learning, as readers join the characters in using their imaginations to hear the many things nature has to say.

About the authors

KALLIE GEORGE works as an author and editor in Vancouver, and she holds a master's in children's literature from the University of British Columbia. In addition to writing and editing, Kallie is a speaker and leads workshops for aspiring writers. She finds all eggs enchanting, even ordinary ones.


ALEXANDRA BOIGER grew up in Munich, Germany, where she studied graphic design, and then began a career in feature animation, allowing her to work for Warner Bros. UK and DreamWorks. Since transitioning to children's book illustration, she has worked on numerous popular titles, including the Tallulah series. She lives with her husband and daughter in northern California.


Kallie George's profile page

Carmen Mok is a studio-art graduate of the University of Waterloo, and a crafts and design graduate of Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada. Her books include Waiting for Sophie by Sarah Ellis, Look at Me Now by Carol McDougall and Shanda LaRamee-Jones, and Ride the Big Machines in Winter. She recently illustrated Grandmother’s Visit by Betty Quan, which was named an Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature Picture Book Honor Title, was on the shortlist of the IODE Ontario Jean Throop Book Award and was selected for the Ontario Library Association Best Bets List. Carmen lives in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Carmen Mok's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"A poignant book about the power of unplugging and tuning into the sounds of nature that surround us. . . An inspiring read with valuable lessons about respecting and appreciating both nature and your siblings."
Hakai Magazine

"A love letter to an autumnal beach and a charming read-aloud."
School Library Journal

"Washes of muted jewel tones and soft pencil lines invite readers to enjoy oceanside delights. — A solid seaside escapade that will sit nicely alongside other books on the five senses."
Kirkus Review


Praise for I Hear You, Forestby Kallie George and Carmen Mok

"Through each lush and atmospheric page turn, we meet new animals and feel the empathy the child experiences for the beauty and marvel that surrounds her? I encourage parents to read this book to their children and then take them on a stroll through their local park or forest."
—Good Reads with Ronna

"Readers will feel transported into another world."

"A lovely new picture book reminding readers that any sojourn into nature is enriching, but will be much more so when we activate all of our senses and awareness."
—Unpacking the Power of Picture Books

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