Whether your young reader is immersed in the excitement of Shark Week or a longtime fan of the most dangerous and fascinating swimmers in the ocean, these shark books for kids are sure to give you something to sink their teeth into.
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1. Shawn Loves Shark by Curtis Manley, portrayed by Tracy Subisak
Shawn is a shark fanatic. So when his teacher assigns marine life reports to the class, he gets dissatisfied when someone else gets sharks as a subject. Kids with any kind of obsession can relate to this award-winning title.
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2. Shark dog! By Gad Adamson
Is it a shark or a dog? It’s half of each and it’s the little loving little but sometimes confusing new pet of the little girl at the top of this exuberant photo book.
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3. Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale
The first in a series, Clark the Shark has been described as one of the funniest, enthusiastic big fish in the ocean. The problem is, he can sometimes be too much for his fish family and friends.
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4. The Shark Lady by Jess Keating, portrayed by Marta Alvarez Miguens
The true story of scientist Eugenie Clark is about denying expectations in multiple ways: Clark set out to learn about a world shark that believed that fish was nothing but bad news and that women should not be scientists.
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5. Misunderstood Shark by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Scott Magoon
Everyone thinks sharks are useless, no matter what they actually do. This photo book provides interesting information and revolves around a hilarious story about a shark that confuses an underwater TV crew.
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6. My little golden book about sharks by Bonnie Bader illustrated by Steve Laberis
Many species of sharks that roam the oceans receive the iconic Golden Book Treatment in this guide.
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7. I’m getting a shark! By Brady Smith
A little girl overhears her parents discussing sharks and assumes she’s getting one for her birthday. But when he learns that they have adopted a wild shark in his name, he must adjust his attitude.
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8. Hark! A shark! Illustrated by Bonnie Worth, Aristides Ruiz and Joe Matthew
Kid Favorite The Cat in the Hat guides young readers to explore the world of sharks, learn how we study them and discover why they are not as frightening as we believe.
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9. Dude! Illustrated by Dan Santat, by Aaron Reynolds
The book has two friends: Beaver and Platypus, just one word (“Dude!”), And a giant shark in a lively and unexpected splash of a story.
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10. Shark! National Geographic Kids Sticker Activity Book
A thousand shark stickers and a wealth of games and activities make this fun book irresistible to shark-loving kids.
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11. Una and sharks by Kelly Depuccio, illustrated by Raisa Figueroa
She is a naughty mermaid that fits almost every creature under the sea. But Stanley Shark is not impressed by his invention, yet he works to earn his friendship.
Buy it: Ona and Shark on Amazon
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12. Everything about sharks and other underwater animals is awesome! By Mike Lowry
This 128-page reference book is full of shark information and fun, illustrated in lively colors, and paused by humorous comics and nonsense. It is part of a larger series of books, Everything Mighty, by author-illustrator Mike Lowry.
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13. Pedro and Shark by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Tammy Lyons
When Pedro’s class goes on a field trip to the aquarium, he doesn’t notice when he’s left behind in that shark tank. The book in this chapter is suitable for shark-loving readers.
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14. National Geographic Kids: The Ultimate Book of Sharks Brian Scherry
While National Geographic Kids promises a “final” book of anything, you know it will be full of interesting stories, jaw-dropping information, and amazing photography, and this guide is no exception for sharks.
Buy it: The Ultimate Book of Sharks on Amazon
15. How to draw sharks by Arkady Roytman
If you are looking for a book on sharks for kids who like to draw, the easy-to-follow instructions in this book can help young artists draw the kind of shark that can best draw their imagination.
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16. Pocket Genius: Shark: Information at your fingertips by DK
DK’s Pocket Genius series packs serious information into a volume that can be easily slipped into a backpack or, yes, a pocket. The shark-covered version contains 150 species.
Buy it: Shark: Information at your fingertips on Amazon
17. Magic Tree House: Shadow of the Shark by Marie Pope Osborne, portrayed by Sal Murdoch
In this edition of Magic Treehouse, Jack and Annie are taken to Mexico to retire from their adventure, only to encounter a hungry shark! Newly independent readers will love how this series works with information in an exciting narrative.
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