Whether you’re looking for shark books and resources to use with your kids during Shark Week or you just have a child who’s a fan of sharks, there are so many great books, videos, and other resources you will want to check out! Put together a few of these book, activity, and documentary ideas and you’ll have created a fascinating unit study to go through with your shark-loving children!
Shark in the Park – Ages 3 and up – Created in consultation with a language expert, this book is part of an engaging new phonics-based series, specially written to help your child learn to read. Not only is the story great fun, but it also takes into account recent research on the most effective ways of teaching reading. Stephen Cartwright’s delightful illustrations complement the text and are designed to stimulate further interest. Fold-out pages add to the enjoyment.
Shark Bait (Book 3 of the Extreme Adventures series) – Ages 8-12 – When Sam and his friend are swept off the coast of the Great Barrier Reef, Sam must fight to keep them alive. As night falls over the ocean, the underwater predators start moving in? With a talent for attracting danger, Sam Fox is an expert at getting himself into (and out of) the most extreme situations. This series has a strong appeal with a courageous young hero and exotic settings and has non-stop action and short chapters which will engage reluctant readers.
Lift-the-Flap Sharks – Ages 4 and up – Sharks aren’t just scary fish with pointy teeth. Lift the flaps in this richly illustrated book to meet gentle giants, fierce hunters, beady-eyed baby sharks, and the weird, weedy wobbegong.
Sharks – Ages 6 and up – What do sharks like to eat? Which shark glows in the dark? And why do some sharks never stop swimming? You’ll find out the answers and lots more fun facts in this shark-infested book.
Big Book of Sea Creatures – Open the huge fold-out pages to discover all kinds of extraordinary sea creatures, from the leatherback sea turtle and great white shark to the biggest animal on earth–the mighty blue whale.
The Ultimate Books of Sharks – Ages 9-12 – Join this amazing underwater adventure to track the sharks of the world, from the teeniest dogfish to the ever feared great white. This ultimate book features every species of shark on the planet, with awesome photos, fascinating facts, the latest science, and firsthand stories of real-life encounters with these incredible creatures. Learn how sharks live, how they eat, the challenges they face, and whether or not you are actually on the menu!
Sharks Ultimate Sticker Book – Packed with shark activities — from creating underwater scenes to a game of spot the shark — Ultimate Sticker Book: Shark contains more than 250 reusable stickers of kids’ favorite predators of the ocean. Featuring great whites, hammerheads, basking sharks, and more, fun facts are paired with bright, eye-catching stickers, encouraging children to return to this new sticker book again and again to learn even more.
Shark Mad Libs – Beware of shark-infested…PINEAPPLES?! Only in Shark Attack Mad Libs! This book includes 21 not-so-scary stories all about the ocean’s most feared and misunderstood creatures: sharks! There’s nothing to fear inside this book of silly shark-themed stories, perfect for playing on your next summer road trip or sitting by the pool.
Nana brings the art fun with Sharks Video Art Lessons! All it takes is a starter set of chalk pastels, construction paper and Nana’s video art lessons for a celebration of Shark Week or to thrill your shark enthusiast. No expensive, intimidating list of art supplies. This set of Sharks Video Art Lessons is a wonderful stand-alone art curriculum or a perfect complement to your summer fun or shark learning throughout the year.
Shark Paper Mouth Craft – by Glued to My Crafts Blog
Shark Paper Plate Craft – by Kid’s Activities Blog
Printable Shark Puppet – by Easy Peasy and Fun
If it’s Shark Week, you will want to be sure to tune in for at least a few of the over 20 hours of programming on the Discovery Channel. The shows air from 8 pm to 11 pm so I suggest DVRing some of the episodes so that you can watch them a little bit earlier in the day. This will help younger kids to sleep better at night rather than having them watch something scary right before bed.
If you have Amazon Prime, here are some Shark Documentaries which you can watch for free:
Of Sharks and Men – Filmmakers team up with scientists and shark attack victims to explore the fierce underwater world of our ocean’s greatest predator.
Shark Nation – There’s no doubt sharks have an image problem. And they’re certainly in trouble globally. The population of some species has declined by more than 90% due to overfishing. But there’s still one place in the world where sharks thrive – the Bahamas. Sharks not only prosper there, but they are also highly protected. It’s one of the few places in the world where killing a shark is illegal.
Shark Gordon – Travel around the world looking for sharks with renowned expert Ian Gordon. In this exciting 13-part series, you’ll get up close and personal with a wide variety of these magnificent creatures, learning their habits, feeding and breeding grounds, and what does and does not make them dangerous. For Ian “Shark” Gordon, life doesn’t get much better than an encounter with a deadly shark.