Take a Bite Out of Shark Week

By Kat La Mantia | July 12 2023 | AllBlogGeneralChildren's

Shark week is a modern tradition, taking one week in July to showcase the awe-inspiring creatures of the deep while doing some reputation rehab at the same time. Though shark attacks are often feared by summer beach-goers, sharks are highly unlikely to pose any threat to unsuspecting swimmers. It turns out Jaws was just an old fishwives’ tale after all.

Sharks are fascinating and diverse. There are hundreds of species of sharks, ranging from tiny dogfish sharks to massive whale sharks, and they’re more interested in finding a tasty fish for dinner than taking a bite out of you. Some sharks fluoresce, some have snouts that look like chainsaws, and some have even made clones of themselves!

Sharks, like so many other sea creatures, are threatened by overfishing and other damage to their home waters caused by humans. Rather than something to be frightened of, sharks need our help to continue to thrive and keep the ocean’s ecosystem in balance. So this summer, consider the shark. Check out our favorite shark reads to learn more about these incredible animals, and fill your upcoming beach trip with fun rather than fear.

The beauty of the apex predator captured up close and unflinchingly.
$60.00 US
Sep 05, 2023
9 x 12
240 Pages

Get closer to the beauty and power of sharks with award-winning National Geographic photographer Brain Skerry as he illustrates their remarkable evolutionary adaptations and their huge importance to marine ecosystems around the world.
$25.00 US
Jun 13, 2017
10 x 8-1/2
208 Pages
National Geographic

Eyewitness Shark
Dive into the fascinating world of sharks
Meet the mighty fish that have ruled the oceans since prehistoric times.
$16.99 US
Sep 06, 2022
8-1/2 x 11
72 Pages
DK Children
Age 9-12 years

Weird But True Sharks
Whale sharks have tiny teeth covering their eyeballs! It’s Weird But True! And this fin-tastic, photo- and fact-packed book in the best-selling series is the most jaw-some yet!
$8.99 US
May 09, 2023
6-1/2 x 6-1/2
208 Pages
National Geographic Kids
Age 8-12 years

Baby Shark!
A Little Golden Book based on a kid-favorite song!
$4.99 US
Aug 27, 2019
6-5/8 x 8
24 Pages
Golden Books
Age 2-5 years

Great White Shark
Follow a female shark as she heads to warm waters for the sake of her young in a lyrical, fact-filled look at one of the ocean’s top predators. The great white shark swims on. Her tail sways from side to side; her fins keep her balanced. She travels the fast lane where she can, cruising invisible seaways.As she traverses her ocean home, the great white shark’s charcoal skin blends with the dark depths of the ocean, her white belly floating pale below. She carries seven pups in her belly, and her job is to give them the best possible chance at survival. Her journey will take her where she needs to go to stay nourished until she gives birth, far from shore. Set in a stunning underwater world, Claire Saxby's signature poetic prose, offset by running facts, and Cindy Lane's striking illustrations showcase the power and grace of one of the ocean’s most misunderstood creatures.
$18.99 US
Jun 06, 2023
9-5/8 x 10-5/8
32 Pages
Age 5-8 years

Pop-Up Peekaboo! Shark
A surprise under every flap!
Take your toddler on an ocean adventure in this lift-the-flap pop-up book.
$12.99 US
Nov 29, 2022
8-1/4 x 8-1/4
Board Book
12 Pages
DK Children
Age 0-3 years

The Ultimate Sticker Book Sharks
A fun shark-themed book packed with puzzles, quizzes, and—of course—lots and lots of stickers!
$6.99 US
May 18, 2021
8-1/2 x 11
32 Pages
DK Children
Age 5-7 years

Sharks (New & Updated Edition)
From Gail Gibbons, #1 author of science books for kids, dive deep into everything about one of the oceans and rivers’ most mysterious creatures—sharks--in this updated edition!
$18.99 US
Jan 14, 2020
10 x 8
32 Pages
Holiday House
Age 4-8 years

Can't Get Enough Shark Stuff
Fun Facts, Awesome Info, Cool Games, Silly Jokes, and More!
$14.99 US
May 03, 2022
8-1/2 x 10-7/8
128 Pages
National Geographic Kids
Age 7-10 years

Truth or Lie: Sharks!
Shark lovers will enjoy hunting down the TRUTH about their favorite ocean predators in this innovative new Science Reader series.
$5.99 US
May 28, 2019
6 x 9
48 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 5-8 years

Shark Attack! Mad Libs
World's Greatest Word Game
Mad Libs is the world’s greatest word game and a great gift for anyone who likes to laugh! Write in the missing words on each page to create your own hilariously funny stories all about sharks. But don’t worry, there’s nothing to VERB inside Shark Attack! Mad Libs. 
$5.99 US
May 29, 2018
5-1/4 x 8-3/8
48 Pages
Mad Libs
Age 8-12 years

National Geographic Kids Mission: Shark Rescue
All About Sharks and How to Save Them
National Geographic Kids Mission: Animal Rescue is a dynamic kid-driven animal series that taps both into kids' interest in animals AND their passion for saving them. This book series is part of a National Geographic multi-year, multi-platform initiative.
$12.99 US
Mar 08, 2016
8-1/2 x 10-7/8
112 Pages
National Geographic Kids
Age 10-14 years