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Did you know that sharks have a flexible skeleton made of cartilage and not bones? Or that sharks lose and replace more than 10,000 teeth in their lifetimes? Find out more about these fascinating sea creatures, who are an important part of a healthy ocean ecosystem. You'll discover informational books loaded with photos, a biography of a shark scientist, poetry about sharks, a story about a sleepover at the aquarium, and more.

Dude!

By: Aaron Reynolds
Illustrated by: Dan Santat
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Two dudes, a platypus and a beaver, paddle out to ride a wave but see a threatening fin nearby. Is the huge shark a threat or a friend waiting to be made? This wacky, almost wordless tale is told in large spreads and smaller panels of expressive characters complemented by the equally expressive typeface of the few words used. Get it, dude!?

Face to Face with Sharks

By: David Doubilet, Jennifer Hayes
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Underwater photographers, Hayes and Doubilet, provide basic information about their work as photographers as well as about sharks, their habitats, and the challenges faced by sharks in lucid text and stunning photographs, the latest in this captivating series.

Fly Guy Presents: Sharks

By: Tedd Arnold
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Fly Guy and his owner, Buzz, are back! This time they’re on a field trip to the aquarium. With a bit of trepidation (which he loses along the way), Fly Guy agrees to tour the shark exhibit with Buzz acting as guide. Mixing photos of fish tanks with notebook-lined journal pages, taped pictures, and handwritten notes about the predators, Buzz introduces readers to a sampling of the more than 400 kinds of sharks.

Hammerhead vs. Bull Shark (Who Would Win?)

By: Jerry Pallotta
Illustrated by: Bob Bolster
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

What would happen if a hammerhead and a bull shark met each other? What if they had a fight? Who do you think would win? This nonfiction reader compares and contrasts two ferocious shark species. Kids learn about the sharks' anatomies, behaviors, and more. Inckludes photos, charts, illustrations, and amazing facts.

Hungry, Hungry Sharks

By: Joanna Cole
Illustrated by: Patricia Wynne
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Well-chosen information about these ancient and ever-interesting predators is presented in an easily accessible format. Text is clearly written and accompanied by dramatic illustrations to depict different kinds of sharks and their habits.

National Geographic Readers: Sharks!

By: Anne Schreiber
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

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. He can smell a single drop of blood in 25 million drops of ocean. He can feel electricity given off by his prey. He will lose and replace more than 10,000 teeth in his lifetime. Cool photos bring kids into the shark’s world. Fun facts go deep into the science of sharks.

Science Comics: Sharks: Nature's Perfect Hunter

By: Joe Flood
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Sharks often get a bad reputation from movies and television but they’re crucial to a healthy ocean. Find out more about these amazing creatures in this dramatic, engaging comic book that is well-researched and well-documented. If things technical and mechanical things are of greater interest, then try Science Comics: Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future by Mairghread Scott, illustrated by Jacob Chabot.

Shark vs. Train

By: Chris Barton
Illustrated by: Tom Lichtenheld
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Two boys with toys begin a contest, pitting shark and train to see who will win the various contests. As the challenges grow, so does the size and perspective of the illustrations until the boys end for lunch. The portrayal of children's imaginative play is spot-on.

Sharks Have Six Senses

By: John F. Waters
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Sharks have not five but six senses —; all used to help them survive and even thrive. “Electroreception” is the sixth sense that allows sharks to detect electric fields emitted by other animals. This introduction to sharks is effectively illustrated with collage and will likely inform as well as dispel shark myths.

Sharks: Biggest! Littlest!

By: Sandra Markle
Illustrated by: Doug Perrine
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

They come in many sizes with different diets — but all sharks are covered with 'denticles' as a protective armor and are fascinating sea creatures! Full color photographs and crisp text briefly introduce them with suggested websites for additional information.

Slickety Quick: Poems About Sharks

By: Skila Brown
Illustrated by: Bob Kolar
Genre: Nonfiction, Poetry
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A poem about the well-known Great White begins this handsomely illustrated collection of poems each about a different sea-dwelling shark. Readers will meet the Wobbegong, a nurse shark, the goblin shark, and more. Different poetic forms combine with splendid illustrations that evoke the depths of the creatures' habitats.

Stink and the Shark Sleepover

By: Megan McDonald
Illustrated by: Peter Reynolds
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Stink would have preferred a trip to James Madison's home but is happy when his parents win a sleepover at the aquarium. At the aquarium, Stink likes learning about sharks and other creatures but he still finds it kind of creepy. Share the evening with Stink and his family, learning and laughing.

Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark

By: Heather Lang
Illustrated by: Jordi Solano
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

From the first time she saw a shark in an aquarium, Eugenie was enthralled. Instead of frightening and ferocious eating machines, she saw sleek, graceful fish gliding through the water. After she became a scientist — an unexpected career path for a woman in the 1940s — she began taking research dives and training sharks, earning her the nickname "The Shark Lady."

Truth or Lie: Sharks!

By: Erica S. Perl
Illustrated by: Michael Slack
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level:

Baby sharks are toothless at first, right? That's a LIE! The TRUTH is, sharks are born with a mouthful of teeth to protect themselves and hunt right away. Though this engaging early reader is 100% fun, 25% of it is FALSE! In a unique question-and-answer format, proficient readers are quizzed about their favorite ocean predators to see if they can separate facts from "lies." The book's mascot — the Truth Sleuth — guides readers through this funny and fact-packed reader, filled with photos of sharks in action.

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