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Suggested Reading

The following is a list of informative and educational books about the Chesapeake Bay. We've surely missed a few, so please let us know about them.

Bay History - Politics and Political History - Natural History - Bay Restoration - Children's
Lighthouses - Boats and Boating - Photography

Bay History

  • A Day on the Bay

    Bert and Anthea Smith, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 2001
  • A History of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal

    David Berry, History Press, Charleston, S.C., 2010
  • An Island Out of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake

    Tom Horton, W. W. Norton and Co., New York, N.Y., 1996
  • Baltimore Harbor: A Picture History

    Robert Keith, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 1991
  • Bay Plain and Piedmont: A Landscape History of the Chesapeake Heartland from 1.3 Billion Years Ago to 2000

    Robert S. Grumet, National Park Service, Annapolis, Md., 2000
  • Chesapeake Bay in the Civil War

    Eric Mills, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1996
  • Chesapeake Bay Voices: Narrative from Four Centuries

    Maurice Duke, The Dietz Press, Richmond, Va., 1993
  • Chesapeake Boyhood

    William H. Turner, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 1997
  • Chesapeake by Steamboat

    David C. Holly, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 2000
  • Chesapeake Rumrunners of the Roaring Twenties

    Eric Mills, Cornell Maritime Press, Centreville, Md., 2000
  • Colonial Virginia

    Richard Morton, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1960
  • Dancing with the Tide: Watermen of the Chesapeake

    Mick Blackistone, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 2001
  • East of the Chesapeake

    William H. Turner, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 2000
  • Elliott's Island: The Land That Time Forgot

    A.M. Foley and Freddie T. Waller, Dogwood Ridge Books, Elliott Island, Md., 1999
  • Environment, Disease, and Mortality in Early Virginia

    Carville V. Earle, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1979
  • Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay: And Other Tales of the Lost Chesapeake

    Donald Shomette, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1996
  • Having My Say: Conversations with Chesapeake Bay Waterman Wylie "Gator" Abbott

    A.M. Foley, Dogwood Ridge Books, Elliott Island, Md., 2006
  • Indian Land Loss in Virginia: A Prototype of Federal Indian Land Policy

    Helen C. Roundtree, The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis., 1973
  • Jamestown Narratives

    Edward Wright Haile, Roadhouse Press, Champlain, Va., 1998
  • Lost Towns of Tidewater Maryland

    Donald Shomette, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 2000
  • Maryland's Eastern Shore: A Journey in Time and Place

    John R. Wennersten, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1992
  • Pirates on the Chesapeake: Being a True History of Pirates, Picaroons, and Raiders on Chesapeake Bay, 1610-1807

    Donald Shomette, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1988
  • Shipwrecks on the Chesapeake: Maritime Disasters on Chesapeake Bay and its Tributaries, 1608-1978

    Donald Shomette, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1982
  • Susquehanna, River of Dreams

    Susan Q. Stranahan, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 1995
  • The Bounty of the Chesapeake: Fishing in Colonial Virginia

    James Wharton, Virginia 350th Anniversary Celebration, Williamsburg, Va., 1957
  • The Chesapeake in the Seventeenth Century: Essays on Anglo-American Society and Politics

    Thad W. Tate and David L. Ammerman, W.W. Norton and Co., New York, N.Y., 1979
  • The Discovery of the Chesapeake Bay: An Account of the Explorations of Captain John Smith in the Year 1608

    Frances d'A. Collings, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md., 1998
  • The Oyster Wars of Chesapeake Bay

    John R. Wennersten, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1981
  • The Planter's Wife: The Experience of White Women in Seventeenth-Century Maryland

    Lois Green Carr and Lorena Walsh, William & Mary Quarterly, Williamsburg, Va., 1977
  • The Powhatan Uprising of 1622: A Historical Study of Ethnocentrism and Cultural Conflict

    Frederick J. Fausz, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va., 1977
  • The Workboats of Smith Island

    Paula J. Johnson, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 1997
  • This Was Chesapeake Bay

    Robert H. Burgess, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1963
  • This Was Potomac River

    Frederick Tilp, Frederick Tilp,, Alexandria, Va., 1978
  • Tidewater Time Capsule: History Beneath the Patuxent

    Donald Shomette, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1995
  • Tobacco Coast: A Maritime History of Chesapeake Bay in the Colonial Era

    A. Pierce Middleton and Gregory A. Stiverson, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 1994
  • Watermen

    Randall S. Peffer, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 1985

Politics and Political History

  • Charles County, Maryland, 1658-1705: A Study of Chesapeake Social and Political Structure

    by Lorena S. Walsh, University Microfilms International, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1978
  • Chesapeake Bay Blues: Science, Politics, and the Struggle to Save the Bay

    by Howard Ernst, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, Md., 2003
  • Chesapeake Waters: Four Centuries of Controversy, Concern and Legislation

    by Steven G. Davidson, Jay G. Merwin Jr., John Capper, Garret Power and Frank R. Shivers Jr., Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1997
  • Turning the Tide: Saving the Chesapeake Bay

    by Tom Horton, Island Press, Washington, D.C., 2003

Natural History

  • A Comprehensive List of Chesapeake Bay Basin Species

    by Chesapeake Bay Program, Chesapeake Bay Program, Annapolis, Md., 1998
  • Assateague

    by William H. Wroten, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1986
  • Bay Country: Reflections on the Chesapeake

    by Tom Horton, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 1987
  • Bayside Guide to Weather

    by Mark E. Jacoby, Maryland Sea Grant, College Park, Md., 1984
  • Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay

    by William W. Warner, Little Brown and Co., Boston, Mass., 1976
  • Between Ocean and Bay: A Natural History of Delmarva

    by Jane Scott, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1991
  • Birdlife at Chincoteague and the Virginia Barrier Islands

    by Brooke Meanley, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1981
  • Birds and Marshes of the Chesapeake Bay Country

    by Brooke Meanley, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1975
  • Birds of the Chesapeake Bay

    by John Taylor, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 1992
  • Chesapeake Almanac: Following the Bay through the Seasons

    by John P. Williams, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1993
  • Chesapeake Bay: Nature of the Estuary: A Field Guide

    by Christopher P. White, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1989
  • Chesapeake Spring

    by John Taylor, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 1998
  • Chesapeake Waters

    by John Capper, Garret Power, Frank Shivers, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1983
  • Concepts in Marine Pollution Measurements

    by Harris H. White, Maryland Sea Grant, College Park, Md., 1984
  • Discovering the Chesapeake

    by Philip D. Curtin, Grace S. Brush and George W. Fisher, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 2001
  • Fishes of the Chesapeake Bay

    by Edward O. Murdy, Ray S. Birdsong and John A. Musick, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., and London, 1997
  • Life in the Chesapeake Bay. An Illustrated Guide to the Fishes, Invertebrates, Plants, Birds and Other Animals of Bays and Inlets from Cape Cod to Cape Hatteras

    by Alice Jane Lippson and Robert L. Lippson, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 1997
  • Longstreet Highroad Guide to the Chesapeake Bay

    by Deane Winegar, Longstreet Press, Athens, Ga., 2000
  • Oxygen Dynamics in the Chesapeake Bay: A Synthesis of Recent Research

    by David E. Smith, M. Leffler and G. Mackiernan, Maryland Sea Grant, College Park, Md., 1992
  • Rivers of the Eastern Shore: Seventeen Maryland Rivers

    by Hulbert Footner, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1989
  • The Assateague Ponies

    by Ronald R. Keiper, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1985
  • The Bay: A Naturalist Discovers a Universe of Life Above and Below the Chesapeake

    by Gilbert C. Klingel, Dodd, Mead and Co., New York, N.Y., 1951
  • The Living Chesapeake

    by Jerry R. Schubel, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 1981
  • The Oyster

    by William K. Brooks, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 1996
  • Water's Way: Life Along the Chesapeake

    by David W. Harp and Tom Horton, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 2000
  • Working the Chesapeake: Watermen on the Bay

    by Mark E. Jacoby, Maryland Sea Grant, College Park, Md., 1991

Bay Restoration

  • Fight for the Bay: Why a Dark Green Environmental Awakening is Needed to Save the Chesapeake Bay

    by Howard Ernst, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, Md., 2009
  • Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration: Five Case Studies from the United States

    by Mary Doyle and Cynthia Drew, Island Press, D.C., 2008
  • Saving the Bay. People Working for the Future of the Chesapeake

    by Anne E. Dorbin, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 2001
  • Turning the Tide: Saving the Chesapeake Bay

    by Tom Horton and William M. Eichbaum, Island Press, Washington, D.C., 1991

Children's

  • Awesome Chesapeake: A Kid's Guide to the Bay

    by David O. Bell, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1994
  • Beddy Bye in the Bay

    by Priscilla Cummings, Schiffer Publishing, 2010
  • Chadwick and the Garplegrungen

    by Priscilla Cummings, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1987
  • Chadwick Forever

    by Priscilla Cummings, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1993
  • Chadwick the Crab

    by Priscilla Cummings, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1988
  • Chadwick's Wedding

    by Priscilla Cummings, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1989
  • Chesapeake ABC

    by Priscilla Cummings, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 2000
  • Chesapeake Bay (Rookie Read-About Geography)

    by Kelly Bennett, Children's Press, Danbury, Conn., 2006
  • Chesapeake Bay Walk

    by David O. Bell, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1998
  • Chesapeake Kaleidoscope

    by Anne M. Hays and Harriet R. Hazleton, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1975
  • Chesapeake: Fact, Fiction and Fun

    by Frederick and Fay Tilp, Heritage Books, Bowie, Md., 1998
  • Crab Moon

    by Ruth Horowitz, Candlewick Press, Somerville, Mass., 2000
  • Curtis the Crab: A Chesapeake Bay Adventure

    by Cindy Freland, Createspace, 2014
  • Finding Birds in the Chesapeake Marsh: A Child's First Look

    by Zora Aiken, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 2001
  • Jordan the Jellyfish: A Chesapeake Bay Adventure

    by Cindy Freland, Createspace, 2013
  • Meet Chadwick and his Chesapeake Bay Friends

    by Priscilla Cummings, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md. , 1999
  • Sam: The Tale of a Chesapeake Bay Rockfish

    by Kristina Henry, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1998
  • The Chadwick Coloring Book

    by Priscilla Cummings, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1988
  • Where Did All the Water Go?

    by Carolyn Stearns, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1998

Lighthouses

  • Bay Beacons: Lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay

    by Linda Turbyville, Eastwind Publishing, Trappe, Md., 1996
  • Lighting the Bay: Tales of Chesapeake Lighthouses

    by Pat Vojtech, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1997
  • The Lighthouses of the Chesapeake

    by Robert De Gast, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 1993

Boats and Boating

  • Chesapeake Bay Buyboats

    by Larry Chowning, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 2007
  • Chesapeake Bay Log Canoes and Bugeyes

    by M.V. Brewington, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1963
  • Chesapeake Bay Schooners

    by Ann Jensen and Quentin Snediker, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1997
  • Chesapeake Bay Skipjacks

    by Pat Vojtech, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1993
  • Chesapeake Sails: A History of Yachting on the Bay

    by Richard Hendsen, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1999
  • Chesapeake Steamboats: Vanished Fleet

    by David C. Holly, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1994
  • Exploring the Chesapeake in Small Boats

    by John P. Williams, Tidewater Publishers, Tidewater Publishers, 1992
  • Skipjack: The Story of America's Last Sailing Oystermen

    by Christopher White, St. Martin's Press, New York, N.Y., 2009
  • The Chesapeake Bay of Yore: Mainly About the Rowing and Sailing Craft

    by Frederick Tilp, Frederick Tilp, Alexandria, Va., 1982
  • Tidewater by Steamboat: A Saga of the Chesapeake

    by David C. Holly, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 2000
  • Tidewater Triumph: The Development and Worldwide Success of the Chesapeake Bay Pilot Schooner

    by Geoffrey Footner, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 1998

Photography

  • Baltimore Harbor: A Picture History

    by Robert Keith, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 1991
  • Between Ocean and Bay: A Celebration of the Eastern Shore

    by Jim Clark, Mountain Trail Press, Johnson City, Tenn., 2008
  • Bodine's Chesapeake Bay Country

    by A. Aubrey Bodine, Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, Md., 2005
  • Chesapeake: Bay of Light: An Exploration of the Chesapeake Bay's Wild and Forgotten Places

    by Ian Plant and Tom Horton, Mountain Trail Press, Johnson City, Tenn., 2007
  • Flying Above Chesapeake Bay

    by Jake McGuire, Twin Lights Publishers, Rockport, Mass., 2008
  • Maryland: Wonder and Light

    by Ian Plant, Mountain Trail Press, Johnson City, Tenn., 2005
  • The Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay

    by John Whitehead, Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, Pa., 1987
  • Virginia: Wonder and Light

    by Ian Plant and Jerry Greer, Mountain Trail Press, Johnson City, Tenn., 2005
  • Water's Way: Life Along the Chesapeake

    by David Harp and Tom Horton, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md., 2000
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