Books About Sharks

Does your view of sharks more closely resemble Baby Shark or Jaws? Yes, sharks have some pretty scary teeth, but they’re also incredible ocean creatures! With the books on this list, you can show your child why sharks get a pretty bad rap and teach them about the features that make sharks an important part of the ocean environment. We’ve included several non-fiction books to satisfy your child’s curiosity. There are also a few humorous shark-themed books that teach valuable lessons. Take a bite out of these books today! And, for even more fun, check out our blog with five shark craft projects!

Save the Sharks Bethany Stahl

As part of the “Save the Earth” series, this story introduces children to the effects that humans are having on the shark population. Frank is a friendly shark who begins to notice that his buddies are disappearing. He soon learns that things like pollution and overfishing are causing big problems. Frank joins up with two friends to work together to save the sharks. Inviting illustrations and an age-appropriate story make this one a nice read-aloud for everyone.

Smart About Sharks Owen Davey

Forget what you know about sharks—this book is going to tell you the real story! This non-fiction resource features dozens of sharks and multiple topics like the diet, hunting, size, and biology of sharks. There’s also a brief discussion of risks to the shark population. Each page strikes the perfect balance of information and text. The paragraphs are short and the vintage-looking illustrations give this book a unique appearance. Great book for all kids who love sharks!

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist Jess Keating

This book beautifully retells the story of Eugenie Clark’s life. Clark loved sharks from the first moment she saw them, but she quickly learned other people didn’t share the same feelings. Even worse, they didn’t believe women should be scientists. Despite that, Clark devoted her life to studying sharks and teaching the world a few new things. The story flows into an inspiring tale of perseverance and curiosity. The book’s illustrations are filled with blues and greens, reminding readers of the ocean. Read it with early elementary kids.

Sharks: Teeth to Tail Smithsonian Kids

This is a board book that’s packed full of information! Kids will learn about shark teeth, shark senses, and specific types of sharks. Each page features colorful illustrations and exciting photographs. Plus, many of the pages are embossed to encourage tactile learning. It’s a good pick for preschoolers and kindergartners.

How to Make a Shark Smile Shawn Achor and Amy Blankson

This book reminds kids that spreading happiness, even to cranky sharks, is a worthwhile endeavor. The story begins with Ripple the dolphin doing his best to make friends. He teaches the other sea creatures about having a happy mindset, but they are still afraid of Snark the Shark. Children will love to read along as Ripple’s positivity eventually wins him over. The vibrant illustrations and empowering message make this book a good pick for older preschoolers and early elementary children.

I Am the Shark Joan Holub

Kids will meet all different types of shark characters in this book. There’s the Dwarf Lantern Shark, the Hammerhead Shark, the Greenland Shark, and many others playfully fighting to see who will be the greatest shark in the ocean. The sharks go back and forth throughout the book, explaining why they are the greatest. Even though the story is fun and reads like straight dialogue, everything the sharks say is true! It’s informative without being dry. Plus, the artwork gives the sharks endearing human-like qualities.

Everything Awesome About Sharks and Other Underwater Creatures Mike Lowery

Shark enthusiasts will love working their way through this 128-page information-packed book! The author takes an approach that’s between the style of a picture book and an encyclopedia to create a humorous, creative book that kids are sure to enjoy. The illustrations fit the style of a comic book, and a few pages even offer drawing instructions so kids can create their own ocean creatures. Confident readers can tackle this one on their own, and younger kids will love to go through it with an adult nearby.

Big Shark, Little Shark Anna Membrino

This is the perfect book for shark lovers who are just beginning to read. It’s a Step 1 book, so there are only a few words per page and plenty of picture clues. The rhyming story and cute characters make it fun to read.

The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark Ken Geist

This underwater adaptation of The Three Little Pigs puts an exciting twist on the traditional story. Three fish are on their way to make their own homes. One makes a house of weeds, one makes a house of sand, and the other makes his home in a shipwreck. Which one will survive when the Big Bad Shark comes knocking? Computer-drawn illustrations and fun font placement makes this one a great read-aloud for preschool and early elementary kids.

National Geographic Kids: So Cool Sharks Crispin Boyer

Sharks have several features that are very cool and many of them are featured in this book! Kids will learn facts about the speed of sharks, their incredibly strong bite, their habitats, and much more. Plus, with the National Geographic photographs that are included, kids will get an up close look at several different types of sharks. To stick with the friendly feel of the book, each image of a shark also features a funny thought bubble. Read this one alongside preschoolers and early elementary kids.

Clark the Shark Bruce Hale

Clark the Shark loves his life, especially going to fish school. But, he’s a bit wild, and a bit loud, and just a bit too much for his friends to handle. This book tells the story of how Clark learns to tone down his energy and better control his impulses. It’s an engaging book that shows kids how to control their energy at the right times. It’s a nice read-aloud for preschoolers and early elementary kids.

National Geographic Kids: Sharks Anne Schreiber

You’ll get just the right amount of shark facts for your preschooler in this book. Not too in-depth, but definitely engaging, this book features short chapters that discuss all of your little one’s shark-related questions. Plus, each page features incredible photographs. It’s a great introductory book to take kids from seeing sharks as just plain scary to seeing them as amazing ocean creatures.

Shawn Loves Sharks Curtis Manley

This is the story of an unexpected friendship that comes about after an interesting twist. Shawn is a little boy who loves sharks. He loves them so much that he pretends to be a shark and chases a little girl named Stacy around the playground every day. When a school project doesn’t go Shawn’s way, the tables will turn and Stacy becomes the shark. In the end, they both learn a few things about each other and, more importantly, realize they can become friends. Use this book as a soft introduction to bullying for early elementary kids.

The Pout-Pout Fish and the Bully-Bully Shark Deborah Diesen

This volume of the popular series features the Pout-Pout Fish and all his friends. They’re playing at the playground when a not-so-friendly shark appears to ruin their fun. It happens a few more times, and the Pout-Pout fish wonders what he should do. Eventually, he finds his voice and confronts the shark. It’s a story that will inspire confidence and kindness in young children.

Shark Teeth Dr. Julia Guerrier

Kids get a new look at dental hygiene in this book. They’ll read along as Andy wakes up one morning and notices he has an extra row of teeth—just like sharks! His imagination runs wild as he prepares for the fins and underwater swimming that’s sure to come next. Even though he doesn’t turn into a shark, he does learn a few new things about his teeth. Read this one with preschoolers and early elementary kids.

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