Incredibly illustrated, this list of twenty five silly and fun shark books for kids is sure to become some of your favorites to read over and over again.
25 Illustrated Shark Books for Kids
Sharks are so cool, mysterious and scary all at the same time. I remember the first time I watched the movie Jaws…I will forever hear that theme song of danger approaching in my head when swimming in any body of water. One of my family’s favorite things to watch together is Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.
In honor of my family’s love of sharks, I thought it would be fun to read some picture books with my kids and compile a list of our favorite ones.
Try making this fun shark out of an envelope to use for reading time or for a fun craft for after you read some of these shark books. Crafting with your kids helps them be creative and practice good hand eye coordination.
Here’s Our List of Shark Books for Kids:
“SHAAAARRRKK!” That’s one word that will get you swimming faster to get away. This book teaches about all the sizes and shapes of sharks, as well as, not all sharks eat people.
Clark dreams of fighting ferociously with the other sharks, but there is one huge problem…he has no teeth! This book is really interactive with pull tabs for the kids.
Not all about sharks, but still very silly. Written by bestselling author Judi Barrett and imaginative illustrator John Nickle.
The Cat in the Hat dives deep in this fascinating exploration of the world of sharks. Learn about the different types of sharks, how we study them, and why they aren’t so scary after all. Perfect for kids who love sharks and Dr. Seuss alike, and for any kid who loves learning and science.
Clark the Shark celebrates boisterous enthusiasm—and knowing when it’s time for indoor voices! Written by Bruce Hale and illustrated by Guy Francis.
Join Clark the Shark as he discovers the true meaning of sharing and caring in this colorful read-aloud picture book written by Bruce Hale and illustrated by Guy Francis.
The Best Book of Sharks by Claire Llewellyn offers amazing insight into the deep-sea lives of the creatures that have captured children’s imaginations. They talk about where sharks live, what they feed on and how they bear their young.
Unlikely friendship between a shark and a minnow in this hilarious story between Nugget the shark and Fang the minnow.
Fly Guy and Buzz introduce young readers to sharks with fun facts, humorous sides, and lots of true photographs throughout. Prepare to get up close and personal with these predicators.
A delightful, entertaining shark book for kids with beautiful illustrations and fun rhymes. Peep through the die-cut holes in this book to see if you can spy a shark.
11. Chompy the Shark
Follow the adventures of Chompy the shark and his best friends. Chompy didn’t always have friends, because most of the sea creatures were afraid of him. Find out how he made friends!
PBS’s successful animated show Wild Kratts joins the adventures of zoologists Chris and Martin Kratt as they travel to see wild sea creatures in their habitats. In the deep blue sea, they encounter incredible creatures while combining science, education and fun.
The Octonauts are out on the reef when a scary whitetip shark attacks the GUP-A! Maybe all this whitetip shark needs is a friend. Octonauts, let’s do this!
14. Clark the Shark
“Clark The Shark” deals with bullying in the book about sharks. Great way to teach children to accept other children as individuals and learn from “Clark The Shark” to treat others the way they would like to be treated.
He’s quick. He’s silent. He has five rows of deadly teeth. Chomp! Cool photos in this book bring kids into the shark’s world. Fun facts go deep into the shark’s scary science.
For more than twenty years, Hungry, Hungry Sharks! has been a staple nonfiction title in the Step into Reading line. Nothing is more exciting than sharks, and this title is packed with amazing facts about these fearsome underseas predators.
17. Shark Vs. Train
In this hilarious and wacky picture book, Shark and Train egg each other on for one competition after another, including burping, bowling, Ping Pong, piano playing, pie eating, and many more! Who do YOU think will win, Shark or Train?
18. I’m a Shark
In this silly shark book for kids, Shark is not afraid of anything. But there is one thing that even Shark fears. . . . Can you guess what it is?
This is a great book for your early readers to sound out. Pup panics when he sees a shark in the lake, and proceeds to warn his friends Fat Cat, Big Pig, and Sam Sheep.
A hilarious retelling of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS!
“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!”
21. Smiley Shark
This sweet story about Smiley Shark teaches about making friends and it’s make as a colorful board book for those little ones to handle and hold.
As a sequel to Smiley Shark, this time Smiley Shark has the biggest hiccups ever! Hic, Hic, Hicup! Read along and find out how his friends help him stop those pesky hiccups.
This delightful collection of poems includes fun rhymes about the creatures who live in and around the ocean. Children will delight in the snappy poems and colorful illustrations about whales, walruses, penguins, polar bears, stingrays, and sharks.
Lurking in the deep, dark sea, searching for a fishy snack this shark is big and he’s mean and he’s always hungry. Tired of fleeing the shark, the other sea creatures come up with a plan to teach the shark a lesson he’ll never forget.
Tiny tots can enjoy swimming among the fish with Little Shark in this simple story. The book features a permanently attached plush finger puppet and peek a boo holes in every page, giving parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read together.
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