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Sharkalicious Selections

Posted about 1 year ago by Cindy V

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Shark week is almost here! Here are some sharkalicious suggestions for kids fascinated with these toothsome creatures.

Picture Books

Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale; illustrated by Guy FrancisClark the Shark by Bruce Hale; illustrated by Guy Francis

Ages 4-8

Clark finds everything about school fun and exciting, but his enthusiasm causes problems until he begins inventing rhymes to remind himself to stay cool at school.

If you like Clark the Shark, then you may also like ... Clark the Shark Dares to Share, Clark the Shark Takes Heart and Clark the Shark Afraid of the Dark.
Gilbert the Great by Jane ClarkeGilbert the Great by Jane Clarke; illustrated by Charles Fuge

Ages 3-6

Gilbert, a great white shark, plays with Raymond, a tiny fish, every day. But who will Gilbert play with when Raymond's family moves away?

If you like Gilbert the Great, then you may also like ... Gilbert the Hero by Jane Clarke.
I'm a Shark by Bob SheaI'm a Shark by Bob Shea (author and illustrator)

Ages 3-6

A boastful shark is not afraid of anything, which impresses his underwater friends until they ask about spiders

If you like I'm a Shark, then you may also like ... Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton.
Nugget and Fang: friends forever--or snack time? by Tammi Sauer ; illustrated by Michael SlackNugget & Fang: Friends Forever--Or Snack Time? by Tammi Sauer; illustrated by Michael Slack

Ages 4-8

Everyone knows that minnows and sharks can't be friends! Can Nugget and Fang be different?

If you like Nugget & Fang, then you may also like ... Roar! by Tammi Sauer.
Shark Detective! by Jessica OlienShark Detective! by Jessica Olien (author and illustrator)

Ages 4-8

When Shark Detective finds a flier for a missing kitty, he sets out to discover what may have happened to the missing pet.

If you like Shark Detective, then you may also like ... The Blobfish Book: A Book All About Me! by Jessica Olien.
Shark kiss, octopus hug / Lynn Rowe Reed ; illustrations by Kevin CornellShark Kiss, Octopus Hug by Lynn Rowe Reed; illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Ages 4-8

Charlie the shark wants nothing more than a hug, and Olivia Octopus desperately wants a kiss.

If you like Shark Kiss, Octopus Hug, then you may also like ... Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett J. Krosozcka.
Spot the Shark in the Ocean by Stella Maidment ; illustrated by Joelle DreidemySpot the Shark in the Ocean by Stella Maidment ; illustrated by Joelle Dreidemy

Ages 4-8

Contains picture puzzles featuring a baby shark hiding in every scene depicting the many different kinds of creatures that live in and around the ocean, and offers facts about marine life.

If you like Spot the Shark in the Ocean, then you may also like … Spot the Snail in the Garden by Stella Maidment.


Hooey Higgins and the shark / Steve Voake ; illustrated by Emma DodsonHooey Higgins and the Shark by Steve Voake; illustrated by Emma Dodson

Ages 7-10

Hooey Higgins and his best friend Twig plan to capture a shark and charge people to see it in order to raise money to buy a large chocolate egg in Mr. Danson's store window and end up finding something amazing.

If you like Hooey Higgins and the Shark, then you may also like Hooey Higgins and the Tremendous Trousers by Steve Voake.
Into the killing seas / by Michael P. SpradlinInto the Killing Seas by Michael P. Spradlin

Ages 9-12

In 1945 twelve-year-old Patrick and his younger brother Teddy stowaway on the U.S.S. Indianapolis in a desperate attempt to get back to the Philippines where they last saw their parents, just before the Japanese invasion--but when the ship is sunk they find themselves clinging to a piece of debris without food or water, and with hungry sharks circling below.

If you like Into the Killing Seas, then you may also like ... Menace From the Deep by Michael P. Spradlin.
Shadow of the shark / by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal MurdoccaShadow of the Shark by Mary Pope Osborne; illustrated by Sal Murdocca

Ages 7-10

Formats: Print | Audiobook | Pocket Audiobook | eBook

As a thank-you from Merlin and Morgan, Jack and Annie are sent on what should be a vacation at a luxurious resort in Cozumel, Mexico, but is, by mistake, an adventure with ancient Mayans, instead.

If you like Shadow of the Shark, then you may also like ... Sharks and Other Predators by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce.
The Shark attacks of 1916 / by Lauren Tarshis ; illustrated by Scott DawsonI Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916  by Lauren Tarshis; illustrated by Scott Dawson

Ages 8-12

Formats: Print | eBook | eAudiobook

In July, 1916, Chet Roscow is fascinated by news accounts of the great white shark said to be attacking people along the New Jersey shore not far from his home. When he goes swimming in Matawan Creek he discovers the truth of the stories.

If you like I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916, then you may also like ... I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis
The Shark King by R. Kikuo JohnsonThe Shark King: A Toon Book by R. Kikuo Johnson

Ages 7-10

In graphic novel format, retells the Hawaiian story of Nanaue, born of human mother and shark father, who struggles to find his place in a village of humans.

If you like The Shark King, then you may also like ... Cast Away On The Letter A: a Philémon Adventure by Fred. 
Shark school. #1 : Deep-sea disaster / by Davy Ocean; illustrated by Aaron BlechaShark School (Book 1): Deep-Sea Disaster by Davy Ocean; illustrated by Aaron Blecha

Ages 6-9

Harry the hammerhead shark wishes he could be any other type of shark, but when a class trip to a famous shipwreck almost ends in disaster, Harry realizes the importance of being exactly who he is.

If you like Shark School Deep-Sea Disaster, then you may also like ... Shark School (Book 2): Lights! Camera! Hammerhead! by Davy Ocean. 
Shark wars / E.J. AltbackerShark Wars (Book 1) by E.J. Altbacker

Ages 8-12

Formats: Print | eBook

With the ocean on the brink of chaos, a young shark Gray and his best friend Barkley, exiled from the safety of their peaceful reef home, will have to battle ferocious shivers, or join them, to survive.

If you like Shark Wars, then you may also like Shark Wars (Book 2): The Battle of Riptide by E.J. Altbacker.

Informational Books

Discovering Sharks by Donna Potter Parham; illustrated by Julius CsotonyiDiscovering Sharks by Donna Potter Parham; illustrated by Julius Csotonyi

Ages 5 and up

"This action-packed, full-color book features dozens of different types of sharks, with captivating photographs and illustrations throughout. From the Great White to the Hammerhead, learn about those razor-sharp teeth and prominent fins, mysterious behavior patterns, and even their unique diets." ~ Amazon

If you like Discovering Sharks, then you may also like ... Slickety Quick: Poems About Sharks by Skila Brown.
The Great White shark scientist by Sy Montgomery; photographs by Keith Ellenbogen The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery; photographs by Keith Ellenbogen

Ages 10 and up

The Great White Shark Scientist is the latest ocean adventure from the venerable team of Sy Montgomery and Keith Ellenbogen. In it, they follow Dr. Greg Skomal, biologist and head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, as he strives to better understand the habits and habitats of Great Whites in order to save this amazing, if maligned, creature of the deep.

If you like The Great White Shark Scientist, then you may also like ... The Octopus Scientists: Exploring the Mind of a Mollusk by Sy Montgomery.
National Geographic Kids Mission Shark Rescue: All About Sharks and How to Save Them by Ruth Musgrave ; with National Geographic Explorer Daniel Raven-Ellison Shark Rescue: All About Sharks and How to Save Them by Ruth Musgrave; with National Geographic Explorer Daniel Raven-Ellison

Ages 10 and up

An introduction to the many varieties of sharks and the challenges they face in order to survive, including hands-on lessons with information and advice about how readers can protect sharks' endangered numbers.

If you like Shark Rescue, then you may also like Panda Rescue by Kitson Jazynka. 
Neighborhood sharks : hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands / Katherine RoyNeighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy

Ages 7-11

An up close look at the ocean's most fearsome and famous predator and the scientists who study them just twenty-six miles from the Golden Gate Bridge.

If you like Neighborhood Sharks, then you may also like ... Super Shark Encyclopedia and Other Creatures of the Deep by Derek Harvey.
Shark week : everything you need to know / by Martha BrockenbroughShark Week: Everything You Need To Know by Martha Brockenbrough

Ages 9-12

Provides readers with a comprehensive overview of sharks, including photos, firsthand accounts of shark attacks, and interesting facts.

If you like Shark Week Everything You Need To Know, then you may also like Sharkopedia: The Complete Guide To All Things Shark by The Discovery Channel.
Sharks and other deadly ocean creatures : visual encyclopedia / written by Derek HarveySharks and Other Deadly Ocean Creatures: Visual Encyclopedia by Derek Harvey

Ages 9-12

Profiles more than two hundred sharks and fierce fish that call the ocean home, sharing details on the ocean habitats, body sizes, and tails of marine animals that range from barracudas to great whites.

If you like Sharks and Other Deadly Creatures Visual Encyclopedia, then you may also like Ocean A Visual Encyclopedia by John Woodward.
Sharks : drawing and reading / Gare ThompsonSharks: Drawing and Reading by Gare Thompson

Ages 8-11

Learn basic art techniques and interesting facts while drawing sharks.

If you like Sharks Drawing and Reading, then you may also like ... Whales Drawing and Reading by Gare Thompson.
Wandering whale sharks / Susumu Shingu ; translators : Ann B. Cary and Yasuko ShinguWandering Whale Sharks by Susumu Shingu

Ages 4-8

Introduces readers to the largest living fish and explains why the whale shark is a gentle giant.

If you like Wandering Whale Sharks, then you may also like ... Animal Planet Ocean Animals.

Featured Image Credit: Ragged Tooth Sharks In Aquarium (, Public Domain license).

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