Celebrate Shark Week with These Sharkalicious Selections

Posted on June 21, 2016

by cindy vanderbrink

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

Library Resources

Shark Picture Books: Ages 3-8

Gilbert the Great by Jane Clarke ; illustrated by Charles Fuge

Gilbert 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?

I'm a Shark by Bob Shea (author and illustrator)

I’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

Nugget and Fang : [friends forever--or snack time?] / Tammi Sauer ; [illustrated by] Michael Slack

Nugget & 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?

Clark the Shark / written by Bruce Hale ; illustrated by Guy Francis

Clark 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.

Shark Detective! by Jessica Olien

Shark 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.

Shark kiss, octopus hug / Lynn Rowe Reed ; illustrations by Kevin Cornell

Shark 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.

Spot the Shark in the Ocean by Stella Maidment ; illustrated by Joelle Dreidemy

Spot 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.

Juvenile Fiction Shark Books: Ages 6-12

Shark school. #1 : Deep-sea disaster / by Davy Ocean; illustrated by Aaron Blecha

Shark School : 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.

Shadow of the shark / by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca

Shadow of the Shark by Mary Pope Osborne; illustrated by Sal Murdocca

Ages 7-10

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.

The Shark King : a Toon book / by R. Kikuo Johnson

The 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.

The Shark attacks of 1916 / by Lauren Tarshis ; illustrated by Scott Dawson

I Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis; illustrated by Scott Dawson

Ages 8-12

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.

Shark Wars (series) by E.J. Altbacker

Shark Wars (series) by E.J. Altbacker

Ages 8-12

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.

Into the Killing Seas by Michael P. Spradlin

Into 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.

Nonfiction Shark Books: Ages 4-12

Wandering whale sharks / Susumu Shingu ; translators : Ann B. Cary and Yasuko Shingu

Wandering 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.

Discovering sharks / Donna Potter Parham ; illustrated by Julius Csotonyi

Discovering 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

Neighborhood sharks : hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands / Katherine Roy

Neighborhood 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.

Sharks : drawing and reading / Gare Thompson

Sharks: Drawing and Reading by Gare Thompson

Ages 8-11

Learn basic art techniques and interesting facts while drawing sharks.

Shark Week: Everything You Need To Know by Martha Brockenbrough

Shark 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.

Sharks and Other Deadly Ocean Creatures: Visual Encyclopedia by Derek Harvey (DK)

Sharks 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.

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.

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.

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

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