10 Books about Sharks for Shark Week

It’s Shark Week on the Discovery Channel – and here’s a list of books about sharks for readers who just can’t get enough!

Look, a Shark!

From the Series Bumba Books® — I See Ocean Animals

  • Interest Level: Preschool – Grade 1    
  • Reading Level: Kindergarten

Carefully leveled text and fresh, vibrant photos engage young readers in learning about sharks. Age-appropriate critical thinking questions and a photo glossary help build nonfiction learning skills.

Also available in Spanish!

From Pup to Shark

From the Series Life Cycles

  • Interest Level: Preschool – Grade 1    
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Where do sharks lay eggs? What do shark pups feed on? How many pups can sharks have at a time? The amazing life cycle of a shark is explored with photographic guidance and a simple, informative text. Concepts of reproduction, growth, and offspring are introduced.

Crayola® Ocean Colors

From the Series Crayola® Colorful Biomes

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten – Grade 3    
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Brilliantly colored sea creatures fill the ocean biome. Photos match the text so readers easily find their favorite colors among the plants and animals that live in the ocean.

Great White Sharks in Action

From the Series Lightning Bolt Books® — Shark World

  • Interest Level: Grade 1 – Grade 3    
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

What are the biggest hunting fish in the ocean? Great white sharks! But do you know how great white sharks find food? Or how many teeth they have? Find out everything about these ferocious fish, from how they reproduce to how they hunt, in this book packed with full-color photos and fascinating facts.

Super Senses

From the Series Core Content Science — Animal Superpowers

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 – Grade 4    
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Super-sniffing, high-power hearing, eerie eyesight, and power-house punches—some of Earth’s amazing animals have super-hero senses!

Weird and Wonderful Sharks

From the Series In Focus: Sharks

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 – Grade 5    
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

From the cookie-cutter shark to the megamouth shark, this book reveals amazing facts about the ocean’s top predators. With amazing, up-close photographs and jaw-dropping facts, learn all about the world’s most weird and wonderful sharks.

Surviving a Shark Attack

Bethany Hamilton

From the Series They Survived (Alternator Books®)

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 – Grade 6    
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Surfer Bethany Hamilton paddled out into the ocean for a early morning session with friends. Suddenly, she was attacked by a tiger shark and badly wounded. Learn how Bethany managed to survive losing her arm in this riveting true story.

The Shark Attack Files

From the Series Wild World of Sharks

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 – Grade 6    
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

A dark, triangular fin slicing through the water can be a terrifying sight. Read the stories of the brave (and lucky) people who have survived real-life shark attacks, such as spearfisher Rodney Fox, who was grabbed by a great white, and Mick Fanning, attacked during a surfing contest. Find out which shark species are involved, what causes attacks, how dolphins have saved people, how to fight back, and much more. Fascinating facts and brilliant photography capture the drama, but don’t worry—you are more likely to be struck by lightning than to be bitten by a shark!

The Great Shark Rescue

Saving the Whale Sharks

From the Series Sandra Markle’s Science Discoveries

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 – Grade 6    
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Top-selling science author Sandra Markle presents the story of whale sharks—the largest fish on the planet. Facing threats from commercial fishing as well as climate change, they were categorized as endangered in 2016. Find out how scientists are working to study and protect these gentle giants of the ocean.

Shark Quest

Protecting the Ocean’s Top Predators

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 – Grade 12    
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Sharks are in trouble. Fifty shark species are at high risk of extinction, and another sixty-three are threatened. Discover the work of scientists and conservationists as they study shark biology and morphology; research migration, feeding, and mating patterns; delve into human, climate, and other threats to shark habitat; and develop sophisticated technologies to aid sharks and shark research. See how scientists also educate the public about real and imagined fear of sharks and encourage citizen participation in shark conservation efforts. You can even adopt a shark!

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