Whales Passing by Eve Bunting was published in 2003. It’s a cute story about a little boy standing with his father and watching the orcas go by. The little boy wonders about the orcas and how they find their way and imagines what they are saying about him in return. Whale watching can be a lot of fun with kids and can be done both from the shore as well as on a boat tour.
There are whale watching tours available in the San Juan Islands, Port Townsend, Washington and multiple locations in Oregon. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department trains volunteers who are staitioned at whale watching sites during the winter and spring migrations (roughly the end of March and December).