8 Shark-Themed Picture Books to Devour

Your young reader can sink his teeth into this selection of shark picture books, perfect for Shark Week or any time of year!
Apr 10, 2019



8 Shark-Themed Picture Books to Devour

Apr 10, 2019

Did you know that sharks lose thousands of teeth over the course of their lives? That's just one of the fascinating facts your kids can discover about these intriguing sea creatures. Plus, they'll enjoy some silly fictional tales about these toothy fish.

Let's dive into the shark-filled list.

1. Bobby really wants a pet shark for his birthday in Land Shark by Beth Ferry. He's dropped countless clues to his family, but when the big day arrives, he is given a puppy—not a shark. Bobby swears that a puppy can not replace a shark, but after awhile, the puppy bites its way right into Bobby's heart. Can your kids guess what Bobby wants for his next birthday?

2. Misunderstood Shark by Ame Dyckman will have your kids giggling on every page as a sea reporter interviews a shark who feels like people really misunderstand him. Shark doesn't want to eat a fish; he just wants to show him his tooth. Shark doesn't want to eat the baby seal; he just wants to help her find her family. Splattered throughout this comical story, kids will also collect a variety of shark facts.

3. We all know the story of The Three Little Pigs. Change the characters from pigs to fish and the wolf to a shark and you have The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist. Your kids will have a fun time comparing and contrasting this fractured fairy tale with the original.

4. Beginning readers will feel proud that they can navigate the easy text in 10 Fascinating Facts About Sharks by Rachel Grack. New readers will be a fountain of information when it comes to the beast of the sea. They may even be inspired to write their own shark fact book.

5. There Was an Old Mermaid Who Swallowed a Shark! by Lucille Colandro is a funny under the sea spin on the traditional There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly book. An old mermaid swallows a shark and a variety of other items from the sea. Young listeners will be entertained and will also pick up several informational tidbits about sea life.

6. Young readers will get a kick out of reading Dude! by Aaron Reynolds because the only word in the story is "Dude." Kids will get lots of practice in reading with expression and using the illustrations to guide the meaning of the story as a beaver and a platypus go surfing in the sea and encounter a shark.

7. Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark by Heather Lang is a fascinating story about a young girl in the 1940s who became enthralled with sharks. She grew up and became a scientist studying these creatures which earned her the nickname, "The Shark Lady." It's a great story about going after your dreams even if they aren't conventional.

8. Your kids will feel like a shark in training in How to Survive as a Shark by Kristen Foote. Kids will learn that shark moms leave their babies, humans are predators, and sharks lose their teeth but they grow back.  It's a great mix of fun story and shark facts. I even learned new words like oophagy and electroreception.

Discover even more ocean-themed reads. Have fun exploring the creatures in the deep blue sea with your kids!

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