Set sail with CSC… and Knox County Public Library!

Concord Sailing Center (CSC) has been a long-standing participant in the Knox County Public Library (KCPL) annual Children’s Festival of Reading. Each of the books below is available for check-out through KCPL, allowing you to experience the thrill of the open seas and the freedom of the wind in your sails, all from the comfort of your favorite chair! And when you’re ready to get on the water, join in on one of CSC’s fun community sailing programs!

Sailing Books Available for Check-Out at KCPL

Title / Author / Grade-LevelDescription
Little Boat
by Tarō Gomi
Little Boat has to watch out for big boats, waves, rain, and rough weather, but he is brave and determined! And, in the end, reunited with his parents.
Maisy’s Sailboat
by Lucy Cousins
A small sailboat sets off on an adventure in the open sea, encountering various obstacles and triumphs along the way.

Old Robert and the Sea-Silly Cats
by Barbara M. Joosse
Sailor Old Robert lives a solitary existence until some performing cats come into his life.
The Little Sailboat
by Lois Lenski
Grades K-2
Captain Small and his dog Tinker go sailing, then find safety at shore when a storm comes. Full of information about sailing!
Boats Float!
by George Lyons
Grades K-2
From ghostships to steamships, explore a wide array of boats with dynamic illustrations to keep young readers turning the page.
by Holling C. Holling
Grades 3-5
Follow Paddle’s journey through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic, an excellent geographic and historical picture of the region!
Swallows and Amazons
by Arthur Ransome
Grades 3-5
Meet the lovable Walker family, their camp on Wild Cat island, and two intrepid Amazons.
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
by Avi
Grades 6-8
An ocean voyage of unimaginable consequences, with a thirteen-year-old girl accused of murder.

Sailing Alone Around the World
by Joshua Slocum
Grades 6-8
An autobiographical account of a solo trip around the world in a 36-foot wooden sloop.
Two Years Before the Mast
by Richard Henry Dana Jr
Grades 9-12
This legendary account of a voyage around Cape Horn captures the majesty and misadventure of life at sea, written after a two-year sea voyage starting in 1834.
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
by Dava Sobe
Grades 9-12
Prior to solving the “longitude problem”, sailors throughout the ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea. Here is the dramatic story of how longitude became measurable.
The New Book of Sail Trim
Edited by Ken Textor
Grades 9+
A concise, easy-to-read anthology covering 15 years of popular articles on sail trim, with 44 Sail Magazine articles that have never before appeared in book form.

Sailing: The Basics
by Dave Franzel
Grades 9+
This practical book helps you understand the fundamental concepts well enough to be confident of your abilities when you board your boat for the first time.

A Voyage for Madmen
by Peter Nichols
Grades 9+
In 1968, nine sailors set off on the most daring race ever held: to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe nonstop. Ten months later, only one of the nine men would cross the finish line and earn fame, wealth, and glory. For the others, the reward was madness, failure, and death.

Concord Sailing Center (CSC) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to sailing education. Learn more about CSC here.