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General Shark References


Children's Shark Books

Compiled By:
George H. Burgess and Cathleen Bester

Florida Program for Shark Research
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida


Listed below are some good children's books addressing sharks. Unfortunately many children's books are not scientifically accurate, often unfairly portraying sharks as maniacal killers of humans rather than in the balanced way done in these books.

Albee, S. 2007. Sesame Street: Listen To Your Fish. Dalmatian Publishing Group LLC, Atlanta, 24 p.

Batten, M. 1997. Shark Attack Almanac. Random House, New York, 64 p.

Burgess, G. 1998. How to Avoid a Shark Attack, pp. 168-170. IN: Suid, Murray (ed.), The Kids' How To Do (Almost) Everything Guide, Monday Morning Books, California.

Cook, L. and J. Simonetti 2003. Why I Care About Sharks. Big Fish Press, Hong Kong, 46 p.

Dalmatian Publishing Group 2007. Incredible Sea Creatures (Nature Series). Dalmatian Publishing Group LLC, Atlanta, 24 p.

Dalmatian Publishing Group 2007. Whales, Dolphins & Sharks (Nature Series). Dalmatian Publishing Group LLC, Atlanta, 24 p.

Discovery Communications, Inc. 2000. Sharks: 3-D Thrillers. Discovery Children's Books, New York, 15 p.

Field, N. 2003. Discovering Sharks and Rays. Dog-Eared Publications, Wisconsin, 40 p.

Gibson, A. 2002. Sharks. St. Martin's Press, New York, 160 p.

Luhman, R.A. and R. Andrick. 2008. The Mermaid Purse. Lifevest Publishing, Colorado, 35 p.

Macquitty, M. 1992. Eyewitness Guides: Shark. Dorling Kindersley, New York, 64 p.

Mason, A. 2005. Finding Nemo: All About Sharks. Scholastic Inc., New York, 38 p.

Maynard, C. 1997. Informania: Sharks. Candlewick Press, Massachusetts 92 p.

Musgrave, R.A. 2011. National Georgraphic Kids Everything: Sharks. National Geographic Society, Washington DC, 64 p.

Peachin, M.L. 2003. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Sharks. Pearson Education, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, 334 p.

Peverell, S. 2008. The Adventures of Sonya the Freshwater Sawfish...A glimpse of Northern Australia. Cairns Marine, Queensland, Australia, 24 p.

Reed, D. C. 1986. Sevengill: The Shark and Me. Scholastic Inc., New York, 152 p.

Smith, E. 2007. The Magic School Bus and the Shark Adventure. Scholastic, Inc. New York, 29 p.

Stonehouse, B. 1979. Sharks. Gloucester Press, New York, 32 p.

Stonehouse, B. 1999. A Visual Introduction to Sharks, Skates, and Rays. Checkmark Books, New York, 46 p.

Strong, M. 2003. Shark! The Truth Behind The Terror. Capstone Press, Minnesota, 48 p.

Trimble, I. and M. Maydak. 1999. Sharks!, McClanahan Book Company, New York, NY, 23 p.

Troll, R. 2002. Sharkabet: A Sea Of Sharks From A To Z. Westwinds Press, Oregon, 40 p.

Tuchman, G. 2013. Shark Attack! Scholastic Inc., New York, NY, 32 p.