Shark Books for Kids

These fun and educational shark books for kids will have them learning about the most wonderful creatures in the world.

There are a variety of different sharks out in the sea and each has something that makes them special. This is something that we learned going through some shark facts and shark unit studies. We even touched on sharks a bit when we worked on our dolphin facts.

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Shark Books for Younger Kids

For the young shark lovers in your home, these books about sharks for kids make the perfect gift. If you are throwing a shark themed birthday party to go along with the gifts, kids will also love these cute shark cupcakes.

Add in some beach themed crafts and/or ocean activities and kids will have a ton of fun!

Shark Books for Preschoolers

Within this list of shark books for kids, we’ve included some fun shark books for preschoolers. Preschool shark books are all about introducing them to sharks and helping them learn more about the amazing sea creatures.

1. My First Book of Sharks

My First Book of Sharks: All About the Largest Fish in the Sea for Kids

From deep in the ocean to lakes and rivers, sharks live all around us. Help curious kids explore beneath the surface as they learn all about sharks and what makes them such amazing creatures. This book is bursting with facts, photos, and vocabulary that bring sharks to life for little ones!

My First Book of Sharks is all about teaching young children more about the amazing creatures.

Through the book, kids will be able to explore the waters through photos and facts. If you have a little one that is just getting started, this is one of the best shark books for kids.


2. National Geographic Kids Sharks Sticker Activity Book

National Geographic Kids Sharks Sticker Activity Book: Over 1,000 Stickers! (NG Sticker Activity Books)
Rule the ocean in this shark-tastic sticker and activity book from National Geographic Kids! This super engaging activity book is packed with mazes, spelling and pattern games, drawing activities, shark facts, and more. Shark-crazy kids are sure to love these pages loaded with fun, learning as they go!
 

This shark sticker book is an activity book that will have kids learning through fun.

The book about sharks has mazes, spelling and pattern games, drawing activities, facts, and more.


3. The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark

The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark

A hilarious retelling of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, with foil on the cover!

"Little fish, little fish, let me come in.""Not by the skin of my finny fin fin!""Then I'll munch, and I'll crunch, and I'll smash your house in!"Mama tells her three little fish that it's time to make their own homes. Jim builds his house of seaweed, but the big bad shark munches it up. Tim builds his house of sand, but the shark crunches it up. It's smart Kim who sets up house in an old sunken ship!Children will delight in this silly story with funny, eye-popping illustrations. And there's foil on the cover!

With a dangerous shark approaching, three little fish see which one can build the best house.

Each of the children builds their style of house. Which one will be able to help protect them the best?


4. Hello, World! Kids’ Guides: Exploring Sharks

Hello, World! Kids' Guides: Exploring Sharks

The bestselling Hello, World! board book series expands into picture books, for Hello, World! kids who are ready for the next step.

Kids who love sharks will enjoy this lively, fact-filled, illustrated tour of the world's oceans, with engaging information on every page:

    Fascinating details about favorite sharks, from whale sharks to mini sharks, plus information about prehistoric sharks, shark relationships with other animals, and careers helping sharks that kids can aspire to.

   Statistics about each shark, with information about size, location, swimming speed, lifespan, and more.

    A question on each page that asks the reader to think about sharks in relation to themselves, such as "If you were a shark, what kind of tail would you want?" and "What ways can you think of to help protect sharks?"

Kids who love sharks will enjoy this lively, fact-filled, illustrated tour of the world’s oceans, with engaging information on every page.

Through the book they will learn more about sharks and how they live.


5. Stella: The Shark Who Loves Treasure

Stella: The Shark Who Loves Treasure (Ocean Tales Children's Books)

Stella is a heart-warming picture book written in lyrical rhyme that will be cherished by children, ocean lovers, teachers, and parents.

Stella the shark loves to collect trinkets and treasures. One day she enlists the help of an orca and an octopus to help her find the ‘Rose of the Sea’. When they find the jewels in an old shipwreck, will she keep them all for herself or will she discover the joy in sharing?

Stella the shark that loves to collect trinkets and treasures. One day she enlists the help of an orca and an octopus to help her find the ‘Rose of the Sea’.

When they find the jewels in an old shipwreck, will she keep them all for herself or will she discover the joy in sharing?


6. What If We Had A Pet Shark?

What If We Had A Pet Shark?

WHAT IF WE HAD A PET SHARK is the winner of two Story Monster Approved kid's choice awards and also the winner of two FIRST PLACE Purple Dragonfly awards!

This is a simple and fun rhyming book for your LITTLE ONES...meant foryour TODDLERS, PRE-SCHOOL, and younger primary school-aged children!

Read along as Ellie uses her imagination and wonders what her life would be like to live with MANY DIFFERENT ANIMALS FOUND AT THE ZOO!

A simple and fun rhyming book, the story follows Ellie and her thoughts about the different pets she could have.

This is a funny and engaging book that kids will love.


7. The World of Sharks Facts and Activity Book

Shark Facts & Activity Book For Kids 5-9: Activities and Information on Hammerhead, Tiger, Great White, Whale Sharks and more with Coloring, Mazes, Experiments (Gold Stars Series)

Gold Stars The World of Sharks: Undersea Facts and Activity Book for Kids Ages 5 to 9 is packed full of experiments, diagrams, mazes, coloring pages, dot-to-dots, and more! Take a deep breath, jump in and discover facts about sharks and their undersea world with this fun, educational science workbook! Dive into an amazing underwater world!

  • Includes Activities and Experiments: Take a trip into the water and learn the facts about sharks. Complete activities, puzzles, mazes, experiments, and more on your exciting journey.
  • Designed by Educational Experts Specifically for Kids Ages 5 to 9: Learn about sharks from the ferocious great white sharks, enormous whale sharks, and even glow-in-the-dark sharks with this fun and friendly activity workbook.
  • Colorful and Fun: Entertaining illustrations and images will help your child further develop and retain learned stem skills to prepare for school.
  • Easy to Use: Which helps children grasp new concepts and strengthen existing ones.
  • Encouraging and Fun for Young Learners: Watch your child light up as they explore different underwater areas and oceans with facts and activities making elementary science fun!

Loved by kids and trusted by parents, Gold Stars The World of Sharks: Undersea Facts and Activity Books for Kids Ages 5 - 9 is a year-round way to make learning fun.

Kids will have so much complete the activities and reading the information on sharks they will how no idea they are learning!

They will be finding out more about the Hammerhead and Great White Sharks through Experiments, Mazes, Coloring, and Dot to Dots.


8. All Things Sharks For Kids

All Things Sharks For Kids: Filled With Plenty of Facts, Photos, and Fun to Learn all About Sharks

Kids are fascinated by these mysterious, scary, and spectacular creatures, and it's easy to see why.

They have FIN-tastic features, and their presence commands everyone's respect.

This colorful book filled with amazing real-life images aims to combine fun with education to help you learn all about sharks. Here are a few of the things you and your little one can discover and look forward to inside:

  • Simple and easy to understand writing for readers 6 years old and upwards.
  • Awesome, real-life pictures of these fascinating animals!
  • Plenty of incredible facts and topics ranging from their history, evolution, characteristics, diet, and life cycle.
  • Pretty much... "ALL THINGS SHARKS"!

Real-life pictures of sharks and interesting facts that kids can learn, this is a great book for ages 6 and up.

They will love finding out the history, evolution, characteristics, diet, and life cycle of sharks.


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

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist (Women in Science Books, Marine Biology for Kids, Shark Gifts)

Eugenie Clark fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them at the aquarium. She couldn't imagine anything more exciting than studying these graceful creatures. But Eugenie quickly discovered that many people believed sharks to be ugly and scary―and they didn't think women should be scientists.

Determined to prove them wrong, Eugenie devoted her life to learning about sharks. After earning several college degrees and making countless discoveries, Eugenie wrote herself into the history of science, earning the nickname "Shark Lady." Through her accomplishments, she taught the world that sharks were to be admired rather than feared and that women can do anything they set their minds to.

An inspiring story by critically acclaimed zoologist Jess Keating about finding the strength to discover truths that others aren't daring enough to see. Includes a timeline of Eugenie's life and many fin-tastic shark facts!

This is the true story of a woman who dared to dive, defy, discover, and inspire. Eugenie Clark is a fearless scientist on the hunt for taking care of and learning about sharks.

It’s also been voted as one of the best science picture books for children, Shark Lady is a must for teachers and parents alike!


10. The Ultimate Book of Sharks

The Ultimate Book of Sharks (National Geographic Kids)
Join this amazing underwater adventure to track the sharks of the world, from the teeniest dogfish to the ever feared great white. This ultimate book features every species of shark on the planet, with awesome photos, fascinating facts, the latest science, and firsthand stories of real-life encounters with these incredible creatures. Learn how sharks live, how they eat, the challenges they face, and whether or not you are actually on the menu.
 

Join this amazing underwater adventure to track the sharks of the world, from the teeniest dogfish to the feared great white. This ultimate book features every species of shark on the planet, with awesome photos, fascinating facts, the latest science, and firsthand stories of real-life encounters with these incredible creatures.


11. Good Night Sharks

The Ultimate Book of Sharks (National Geographic Kids)
Join this amazing underwater adventure to track the sharks of the world, from the teeniest dogfish to the ever feared great white. This ultimate book features every species of shark on the planet, with awesome photos, fascinating facts, the latest science, and firsthand stories of real-life encounters with these incredible creatures. Learn how sharks live, how they eat, the challenges they face, and whether or not you are actually on the menu.
 

Good Night Sharks features great white sharks, whale sharks, spinner sharks, blue sharks, hammerhead sharks, leopard sharks, mako sharks, tiger sharks, bull sharks, thresher sharks, angel sharks, blacktip sharks, cookie cutter sharks, and more.


12. The Shark Bully

The Shark Bully

The Shark Bully is a heartwarming children's book that teaches the importance of kindness, friendship, and the harmful effects of bullying. Meet Bruno - a big, BAD shark who is mean, rude, and cruel to all the ocean animals. All the other animals are terrified of Bruno and steer clear of him. But what Bruno doesn't realize is that his bullying ways have left him all alone.

The Shark Bully is a heartwarming children’s book that teaches the importance of kindness, friendship, and the harmful effects of bullying. Meet Bruno – a big, BAD shark who is mean, rude, and cruel to all the ocean animals. All the other animals are terrified of Bruno and steer clear of him. But what Bruno doesn’t realize is that his bullying ways have left him all alone.


13. Super Shark Encyclopedia: And Other Creatures of the Deep

Super Shark Encyclopedia: And Other Creatures of the Deep (DK Super Nature Encyclopedias)

Uncover our oceans' secrets in this kid's book with a remarkable array of 80 sharks as well as other fascinating sea creatures that lurk in her depths! This comprehensive encyclopedia for children covers a diverse range of ocean inhabitants in mesmerizing detail.

Uncover our oceans’ secrets in this kid’s book with a remarkable array of 80 sharks as well as other fascinating sea creatures that lurk in her depths!

This comprehensive encyclopedia for children covers a diverse range of ocean inhabitants in mesmerizing detail.


14. National Geographic Readers: Sharks!

National Geographic Readers: Sharks! (Science Reader Level 2)
 

He’s quick. He’s silent. He has five rows of deadly teeth. Chomp! Meet the shark—the fish who ruled the deep before dinosaurs roamed the Earth! This fish has soft cartilage so he can glide, twist, and turn before his prey can say “gulp!” He can smell a single drop of blood in 25 million drops of ocean. Learn more about these amazing creatures.


15. Hammy Hammerhead’s (almost) Big Adventure!

Hammy Hammerhead's (almost) Big Adventure!
 

“‘Hammy Hammerhead’s (almost) Big Adventure!’ is a day-in-the-life type of story, where a particular situation has conflict and resolution. Mike Crowder’s artwork largely contributes to the attractiveness of this storybook. Every page is occupied by fully-colored backdrops that give a three-dimensional feel to the large aquarium setting. Similarly, every fish character is well-drawn and colored which helps to bring out their distinct characteristics and personalities. Cereals are eaten, rooms are cleaned, and bullies are dealt with.


16. Scratch & Sketch Sharks

Scratch & Sketch Sharks (Trace Along)

Scratch and sketch your way through the mysterious undersea world of sharks!

  • Learn about great white sharks, blue sharks, thresher sharks, and more.
  • Use the stylus included to scratch away the white outlines and uncover gold or silver glitter or colorful swirl pages as you trace and draw.
  • This is a Trace-Along title! Young artists can simply follow the white lines with the wooden stylus to create colorful pictures.
  • Book includes 20 shark illustrations with informative text.
  • Includes 20 paper pages for extra doodles and drawings.
  • Book comes with the wooden stylus for scratching away the black coating.
  • Sturdy wire-o hardcover art activity book measures 6-3/8'' wide x 8-1/2'' high.
  • Ages 5 and up.
  • 64 pages.

Kids will scratch and sketch their way through the mysterious undersea world of sharks!

A stylus is included and as children scratch the pages they will learn about different sharks and how they live.


Shark Books for Older Kids

Here are some of our favorite shark books for elementary and middle school books about sharks. They focus on facts as well as go more into detail about sharks.

17. Shark

Shark
 

Get closer to the beauty and power of sharks with award-winning National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry as he illustrates their remarkable evolutionary adaptations and their huge importance to marine ecosystems around the world.


18. Sharks of the World: A Complete Guide

Sharks of the World: A Complete Guide (Wild Nature Press)

Sharks of the World is the essential illustrated guide for anyone interested in these magnificent creatures. Now fully revised and updated, it covers 536 of the world's shark species and is packed with colour illustrations, colour photos and informative diagrams. This comprehensive, easy-to-use reference guide incorporates the latest taxonomic revisions of many shark families, featuring many species that were only described in recent years. It also includes a completely revised and expanded introduction and updated line drawings throughout.

  • Covers 536 shark species from around the world
  • Features updated species accounts, illustrations and maps
  • Gives an illustrated overview of shark biology, ecology and conservation
  • Includes fin identification guides
  • Provides a colour distribution map for every species

This comprehensive, easy-to-use reference guide incorporates the latest taxonomic revisions of many shark families, featuring many species that were only described in recent years. It also includes a completely revised and expanded introduction and updated line drawings throughout.


19. The Shark Handbook

The Shark Handbook: Third Edition: The Essential Guide for Understanding the Sharks of the World (Shark Week Author, Ocean Biology Books, Great White ... and Nature Books, Gifts for Shark Fans)

Dive deep into the world of sharks, the most fascinating and misunderstood marine animals on the planet, in this stunning new edition of The Shark Handbook, written by Shark Week expert, Dr. Greg Skomal.

Did you know that a whale shark’s spots are as unique as a fingerprint? Or that sharks can go into a trance when flipped upside down? Or that the Megallodon’s mouth was 6 feet across? With The Shark Handbook, jump into brand new facts about these fierce sea creatures! Explore all of the orders of sharks, such as:

  • Ground sharks
  • Great white sharks
  • Mackerel sharks
  • Carpet sharks
  • and more!

Dive deep into the world of sharks, the most fascinating and misunderstood marine animals on the planet, in this stunning new edition of The Shark Handbook, written by Shark Week expert, Dr. Greg Skomal.


20. Everything Awesome About Sharks and Other Underwater Creatures!

Everything Awesome About Sharks and Other Underwater Creatures!
 

Discover the ULTIMATE, 128-paged book about all things sharks and underwater creatures, from the creative brain of Mike Lowery! Featuring fun facts, jokes, comics, maps, and more.


21. The Magnificent Book of Sharks

The Magnificent Book of Sharks

36 DIFFERENT SHARKS: Learn about dozens of sharks, from the great white to the tasselled wobbegong.

BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED: Vibrant, detailed images bring the sharks to life.

FASCINATING FACTS: Includes hundreds of fascinating facts in an easy-to-read format that will enthrall animal lovers of all ages.

MAP OF THE SHARK WORLD: Includes a beautiful, full-color map that shows where in the world each shark species lives.

COLLECT THE SERIES: More beautifully illustrated compendiums for all ages include The Magnificent Book of Birds, The Magnificent Book of Horses, The Magnificent Book of Extinct Animals, and The Magnificent Book of Birds.

The Magnificent Book of Sharks takes you across open waters, into coastal seas, through warm tropical reefs, and deep into the murky ocean depths where sharks live.

From the tiny pygmy shark to the massive whale shark, The Magnificent Book of Sharks depicts some of the ocean’s most incredible creatures in stunning and accurate, original illustrations. 


22. Weird But True Sharks

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!

Sink your chompers into these wild facts:

  • Great white sharks can detect a single drop of blood in the water from one-third of a mile away.
  • Fossilized dino poop has been found with ancient shark bites in it.
  • Ninja lantern sharks glow in the dark.


They’re all weird, and they’re all true. And there’s A LOT more where that came from!

From bizarre creatures in the ocean today to gigantic prehistoric sharks and even some pop culture shark weirdness, this portable, browsable, supercool book is full of incredible facts, amazing photos, and fun illustrations about everything sharks.

From bizarre creatures in the ocean today to gigantic prehistoric sharks and even some pop culture shark weirdness, this portable, browsable, supercool book is full of incredible facts, amazing photos, and fun illustrations about everything sharks.


23. 100 Questions About… Sharks

100 Questions About... Sharks

Dive in and take a bite out of fin-tastic facts, all centered around the ocean's most fearsome creature: the shark!

  • Learn all about the great white, the sand tiger, the hammerhead, and many other shark superstars through more than 100 kid-friendly questions.
    • Which shark is the fastest? How strong is a shark's bite? Why does a hammerhead shark look like that? Find out!
    • Illustrated with colorful, cartoony artwork.
    • Jokes sprinkled throughout are sure to tickle your child's ''finny'' bone!
    • Packed with fun and fascinating facts.
    • Quirky, colorful format.
    • Question-and-answer format breaks down information into manageable chunks.
    • Informal, kid-friendly language is breezy and fun.
    • Sturdy hardcover binding.
    • Book measures 6'' wide x 9'' high.
    • 48 pages.
    • Ages 7 and up.

Learn all about the great white, the sand tiger, the hammerhead, and many other shark superstars through more than 100 kid-friendly questions.


Shark Books for Kids

We love these kids’ books about sharks because they are filled with fun facts, interesting stories, and interactive elements.

They will help encourage kids to ask questions while learning more about these magnificent creatures.

Educational Shark Books for Kids

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