Duunn duuunnn…duuunnn duunnn..dunn dunn dunn dunn…Shark week is almost here!
Who else automatically hums the music to Jaws whenever they think of Shark Week? For the Greene kids, Shark Week means everything else gets put on hold and we go shark crazy! With the ability to captivate and terrify adults and children alike, it’s no surprise that sharks have an entire week devoted to them. I’m excited to share our book list with you as well as some jaw-some craft and activity ideas for your kiddos to have fun with!
Picture books that will rock your fins off ( too many puns? haha)
Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever―or Snack Time? by Tammi Sauer
This has been a favorite for a few years. Nugget and Fang are best buds until Nugget goes to school and learns fish and sharks aren’t supposed to be friends. This is such a sweet story about friendship with beautiful illustrations!
The Pout-Pout Fish and the Bully-Bully Shark by Deborah Diesen
We are huge fans of the original Pout-Pout Fish book, so of course, we had to check this one out because sharks! Bullying is such a huge issue these days so it’s so important to address it at a young age. In this rhyming book, a mean shark keeps disrupting all the fish friends fun time playing at the park. Can they speak up and do something about this shark bully together?
The Three Little Fish And The Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist and Julia Gorton
My kiddos loved this fun ocean take on the classic tale of The Three Little Pigs. It was really fun to compare the differences in this one to the classic after we read it!
Shark Detective! by Jessica Olien
This sweet and silly book is about a shark who dreams of being a detective. My kiddos really liked this one, I think yours will too!
Shawn Loves Sharks by Curtis Manly
When I saw this book it totally reminded me of Robbie, my mega shark lover. When he gets into a topic there’s nothing stopping him from soaking up all the knowledge he can about it. This book about a little boy who wants to show his love of sharks at school will be perfect for your shark lovers!
Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton
Who would ever imagine a shark vs a train, I mean how different can two things be? This book is super funny! We love the little dialogue bubbles and all the scenarios that they battle each other in…especially the burping contest.
Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale
If your kids are ever a little too exuberant than this is the picture book for you. It is a wonderful story about Clark, a shark who loves life so much he just can’t keep his cool. It will satisfy those little shark lovers while also giving them a nice lesson about when it’s appropriate to be cray and when we should be thoughtful of others feelings.
Shark in the Park by Phil Roxbee Cox and Stephen Cartwright
We are obsessed with the Usborne Phonics Readers! They are great for new readers or awesome as read alouds for littles. The colorful artwork, rhyming text and silly twist make for a super fun story.
Chapter book choices for Shark Week
Extreme Adventures-Shark Bait by Justin D’ath
This is the third book in the Extreme Adventures series but they can be read out of order. This book is full of non-stop action and adventure as Sam and his friend get stuck off the coast of the Great Barrier Reef. Will they be able to survive with all the predators out there? I’d recommend this one for ages 8 and older.
I Survived: The Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis
This book is packed with so much adventure that it’ll keep your child wanting to read the whole thing at once. I love how this series is based on historical events but brought to an easy to read fiction level to keep kids interested. This book is recommended for ages 7-10.
Shadow of the Shark by Mary Pope Osborne
These Magic Tree House books have been a staple of ours for almost 10 years. When Jack and Annie go on a beach vacation they think it will be a nice relaxing time. Then, of course, they get rudely interrupted by hungry sharks. This is a perfect shark week read for kids ages 7 and older.
Deep-Sea Disaster (Shark School) by Davy Ocean
This is book one in the Shark School series. These are perfect for kids transitioning to chapter books. In Deep-Sea Disaster Harry Hammer wishes he was any other type of shark but he learns the importance of being himself.
Awesome non-fiction titles for your shark lover
This book packs a ton of info for its size and cost! Learn facts like what sharks eat, why some glow in the dark and which sharks never stop swimming with this awesome beginner reader.
This encyclopedia has hundreds of facts about sharks and the other creatures that share their watery world.
DK findout books are some of our favorite non-fictions. Robbie loves the quizzes at the end of the book!
Shark Week activities and games
Sea Creature Suncatchers- We used coffee filters, sea creature shapes, and watercolors to create these fun suncatchers to hang on our window.
Shark Fin Headbands- It was way more fun listening to shark books with these awesome shark fin headbands on!
National Geographic Shark Tooth Dig Kit-The twins loved digging for shark teeth in these kits last year! It kept them busy for well over an hour.
Gamewright Chomp – We love this card game all about ocean food chains. Robbie’s favorite is the big chomping shark!
Have a shark-arific time with your kiddos this year and remember to keep your eyes peeled for fins in the water!
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