Whether you are studying the ocean or your child is just fascinated with sharks, you will love these shark books for kids. The beautiful illustrations and simple, catchy text makes these shark books for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, and up!
Shark Books for Preschoolers
Sharks are fascinating sea creatures, and kids love to learn about them. This list of the best shark books for preschoolers is full of fun shark story for kid and interesting facts that will have kids chomping them up! Use these shark books for kids with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and elementary age students. Plus don’t miss the resources at the bottom to learn about sharks for kids!
Shark Books for Kids
You can pick these sharks book up at your local library or grab them on amazon using our convenient link. Enjoy these shark children’s book:
JAWS: Big Shark, Little Boat was written by Geof Smith and illustrated by Kaysi Smith. In this cute book of opposites, readers are introduced to the town of Amity Island and the characters from the movie Jaws. The text tells some of the story from the movie, with opposite words highlighted in large, colorful fonts.
Big Shark, Little Shark was written by Anna Membrino and illustrated by Tim Budgen. This easy to read book compares a big shark and a little shark through simple text and bright, colorful illustrations.
Good Night Sharks was written by Adam Gamble and illustrated by Mark Jasper. This book introduces readers to various types of sharks. The cheerful text greeting sharks with good morning and good night messages is paired with detailed illustrations of different sharks.
I Am the Shark was written by Joan Holub and illustrated by Laurie Keller. In this funny book, a Great White Shark declares that he is the greatest shark in the sea. But other sharks decide to speak up and share what is great about them too. Kids will love learning fun shark facts while watching the sharks battle it out.
Hello, World! Kids’ Guides: Exploring Sharks was written by Jill McDonald. This brightly colored book introduces young readers to different types of sharks. It is full of interesting facts, labeled diagrams, and colorful illustrations that will draw little ones in.
Smiley Shark was written and illustrated by Ruth Galloway. Smiley Shark is a friendly, happy shark who just wants to play with other fish, but they swim away when he tries. This sweet story is paired with vibrant cartoon illustrations that kids will adore.
Clark the Shark was written by Bruce Hale and illustrated by Guy Francis. This story follows Clark, a happy young shark whose enthusiasm causes some problems at school. Kids will recognize the struggles that Clark faces, and will love the cute illustrations.
Hark! A Shark! All About Sharks was written by Bonnie Worth and illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu. This rhyming book joins the Cat in the Hat as he teaches readers about sharks. The peppy rhyming text and funny illustrations will keep kids engaged while they learn interesting shark facts.
My First Book of Sharks was written by Buzz Bishop. This book introduces kids to fascinating facts about sharks through easy to understand text and large, clear photographs. Vocabulary words are highlighted with bold fonts to introduce them to young readers.
Oona and the Shark was written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Raissa Figueroa. In this sweet story, a little mermaid named Oona wants to make friends with Stanley, a shark who doesn’t seem to like her, or her company.
My Little Golden Book about Sharks was written by Bonnie Bader and illustrated by Steph Laberis. This informative book teaches kids all about sharks, including the parts of their body, what they eat, and more. The fact filled text is paired with colorful illustrations with labeled diagrams.
The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark was written by Ken Geist and illustrated by Julia Gorton. In this ocean based retelling of “The Three Little Pigs”, three little fish have to go out and make their own homes, but soon find themselves crossing paths with a large, scary shark.
Smart Kids Sharks was written by Roger Priddy. This easy to read book uses colorful photographs and engaging text to provide kids with fascinating facts about sharks. The labeled photographs are great for introducing nonfiction text features to young readers.
Amazing Sharks! was written by Sarah L, Thomson. This early reader shares amazing facts about sharks through engaging text and detailed photographs from the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Shark vs. Train was written by Chris Barton and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. In this silly story, a train and a shark go head to head, trying to compete in silly ways. Kids will love seeing the two characters in odd settings, trying to one up each other.
Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever – or Snack Time? was written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Michael Slack. When Nugget the minnow goes off to minnow school, he learns that he is supposed to be afraid of sharks. But his best friend Fang is a shark! Will they be able to stay friends?
Mako & Tiger: Two Not-So-Friendly Sharks was written by Scott Rothman and illustrated by Mika Song. This story follows two sharks Mako and Tiger as they constantly compete with one another. But when one of them is in trouble, they have to set their differences aside.
Misunderstood Shark was written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Scott Magoon. In this funny story, a shark interrupts the filming of an underwater TV show. He explains that he doesn’t want to eat fish, and that he is just misunderstood. The text also includes interesting facts about sharks.
Land Shark was written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Ben Mantle. All Bobby wants for his birthday is a shark, but his parents get him a puppy instead. Kids will love the silly ways the puppy shares similarities with a shark, as well as the hilarious illustrations.
If Sharks Disappeared was written and illustrated by Lily Williams. What would happen to the oceans if sharks disappeared from the world? This interesting book takes a look at that question and explains why we need sharks in order to keep the oceans healthy.
Walter the Whale Shark was written by Katrine Crow and illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla. This story follows Walter, a whale shark who is excited to start school. But when they take a class photo, he realizes his teeth make him different from all the other sharks. Can he learn to appreciate what makes him different?
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist was written by Jess Keating and illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens. This picture book biography introduces readers to Eugenie Clark and her life’s work studying sharks and teaching the world that they are interesting and not scary.
So Cool! Sharks was written by Crispin Boyer. This nonfiction book is packed full of interesting shark facts, paired with colorful photographs and funny captions. Kids will love learning and laughing through the book.
National Geographic Readers: Sharks! was written by Anne Schreiber. This early reader offers an introduction to sharks through easy to read text and vibrant photographs. This is a great way to introduce kids to sharks, as well as nonfiction text features.
Sharks Have Six Senses was written by John F Waters and illustrated by Bob Barner. This fascinating book teaches readers how sharks use their senses to track down prey, including their sixth sense. The text is accompanied by colorful illustrations, and the back of the book includes more facts about sharks.
Ocean Activities for Kids
Looking for more ocean activities for kids? You will love these clever, free resources and ideas:
- Ocean Color by Number Worksheets
- Shark Preschool Name Activity
- FUN Ocean I Spy Printables
- Ocean Simple Coloring Pages
- Pearl Color Matching activity
- Try this Watercolor and Crayon Ocean Craft
- Ocean Printable Count & Trace for prek / k
- Whale Reader is a fun ocean printables for kids to read, color and learn about these ocean giants
- Cupcake Liner Octopus Craft
- O is for Ocean Weekly Theme for Prek / K
- Ocean Number Do a Dot Printables to work on Counting to 10
- Tons of ideas for a weeks worth of fun learning with an Ocean Theme
- Octopus Color Matching Craft
- HUGE pack of Ocean Worksheets for practicing a variety of skills with toddler, preschool, and kindergarten age students
- 50 Amazing Ocean Crafts for Kids
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Books for Preschoolers
If you are looking for more fun-to-read preschool book lists with picture books picked out for your preschoolers, don’t miss these great picks:
- Construction Books for Preschoolers
- Help kids learn their ABCs with these alphabet books for preschoolers that also help kids start learning the sounds letters make
- Counting Books for Preschoolers work on number recognition and real-life counting applications
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- Fun-to-Read Penguin Books for Preschoolers
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- Romping and Roaring Dinosaur Books for kids
- Cute Preschool Shape Books
- Apple Books for Preschoolers that are perfect for September
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- Make some friends in these cute Farm Books for Preschool
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