Parents' Guide to

Bats at the Beach

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Delightful bats' night out for pre-K and up.

Bats at the Beach Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Fun and Beautiful: But has academic use as well!

I agree that this is a wonderful book, but the low beginning age-range in the rating might give the impression that it's too simplistic for upper elementary. I find that in service of the rhyme scheme, Lies manipulates syntax, metaphor, and contractions in ways that we don't typically find in children's books. This type of word play stands up to close reading by older children studying poetry, and also English Language Learners who need to pick apart a sentence to see how the parts of speech may be out of their typical order. Kids who become accustomed to atypical word order, "missing" articles, etc. won't be so daunted later in life when they study Shakespeare!
age 3+

Bats go to the beach too

Beautifully illustrated along with a funny story. We live very close to the beach and we go often so this book was a must have in our list, what do you know, we love it! we compare our snacks to the snacks the bats bring, and since we go to the library every weekend too we also bought Bats at the Library. The rhyming is a great way to teach the kids new vocabulary and encourage them to add their own twist.

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Children of all ages will be delighted with this simple and joyous concept: Bats have a perfect night at the beach, doing all the things we do, but with slight variations. They use moon-tan lotion, eat salted skeeters and roast bug-mallows, fly themselves as kites, and when they go out in boats they use their own wings as sails.

While the text is well done, the appeal of the book lies in its artwork. Mostly in borderless two-page spreads, in a nighttime color palette enlivened with touches of moon- and fire-light, these gorgeous pictures entice readers to pore over the funny details and beautiful visions. Best of all are the bats themselves, looking very batlike, but with their faces gently rounded to make them look friendly and appealing. Wonderful for bedtime, this enchanting book is sure to become a nightly favorite.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate