7 Great Kids Picture Books for Shark Week!

Here are some of my favorite Sharky books to celebrate shark week! Nothing to be scared of, just some fin-tastic fun!

Nugget and Fang
Author: Tammi Sauer
Illustrator: Michael Slack

One of my very favorite pictures books! I’m a fan of Tammi Sauers writing and also of Michael Slack’s colorful, quirky and fun art. Nugget the minnow and Fang the shark’s friendship is tested when Nugget learns that sharks eat minnows and also that he is apparently delicious. 


Flip & Fin: Super Sharks to the Rescue!
Author: Timothy Gill
Illustrator: Neil Numberman

Faster than a sailfish, tougher than a clamshell! Flip and Fin the sand tiger shark twins save the coastline from a nefarious foreign object just like their favorite TV superheroes!


Shawn Loves Sharks
Author: Curtis Manley
Illustrator: Tracy Subisak

Shark loves sharks, but isn’t too crazy about Stacy. It’s Predator Day at school and she just got assigned the great white shark. Shawn’s favorite animal. And what did Shawn get assigned?


Shark Lady
Author: Jess Keating
Illustrator: Marta Alvarez Miguens

The true story of scientist Eugenie Clark, who believed sharks were beautiful, misunderstood creatures. I share that view with Eugenie. A great story packed with fun shark facts!


I’m a Shark!
Author & Illustrator: Bob Shea 

I love Bob Shea’s sense of humor. I’m a Shark explores how cool it is to be a shark and how they aren’t afraid of anything. Well, almost. I won’t mention it here because it would be too scary.


Shark vs Train
Author: Chris Barton
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld

A little healthy competition is good for everyone, right? What about when Shark and Train compete in pie eating, piano playing and burping? Who will win?


Clark the Shark
Author: Bruce Hale
Illustrator: Guy Francis

Clark is super-excited about school and most things, really. His zeal gets to be a little much to endure for his new schoolmate and his teacher Mrs Inkydink swims in to help him relax a bit.  


Picture Book Field Trip: Holly's Day at the Pool, Way Past bedtime, Sea Monkey & Bob

Most Tuesdays I take a field trip: I got to the bookstore and read the new picture books. It gets me out of the studio and into the world for a bit and educates me on the latest books being published. The library is a great resource for older books I may have missed and I am a frequent visitor there as well. So I read a LOT of picture books! Recently I was on a walk with my 3 year old in the park and ran into some other parents doing the same. They asked me for picture book recommendations. This happens often to me and I thought my blog would be the perfect place to formally put my recommendations. So here it is: my first installment of my Picture Book Field Trips!  

Holly's Day at the Pool by Benson Shum

Holly the hippo imagines the worst: icebergs and icy water, penguins and seals! Her imagination bursts at every turn, making it harder and harder for her to step foot in the pool. Until she get the chance to be a hero. Holly may be scared, but she is a very brave girl.

I actually got to read this book back in February at the SCBWI NY conference when I met Benson. I was instantly impressed with Benson's adorable, playful characters and the theme of being brave even when you're a bit afraid. Super cute book just in time for summer! 

Way Past Bedtime by tara lazar, Illustrated by rich wake

Bedtime is Joseph’s least favorite time of day. When his parents tuck him in at night, Joseph imagines all kinds of things that he’s missing out on: big parties, hot-fudge fountains, exotic animals, and more.

But there is only one way to find out if what he imagines is actually true—and bedtime super-sleuth Joseph is determined to discover what happens way past bedtime.

This is a really fun book and packed with Rich's artwork. 

Way Past Bedtime
By Tara Lazar

Sea Monkey & Bob by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Bob the puffer fish and his best buddy Sea Monkey may be little but they’ve got one ocean-sized problem. Sea Monkey’s terrified he’ll sink straight to the bottom of the ocean. After all, he’s heavy, and all heavy things sink, right? Bob on the other hand is worried that his puffed up frame will float up above the surface. He’s light, and all light things float! How will they stay together when the forces of gravity are literally trying to pull them apart?

I've been a fan of Aaron Reynolds since Creepy Carrots (which is awesome too - highly recommend). Another fun, playful story with fun, playful artwork. I'm a sucker for silly and this book is full of it! 

See you next week! 

Sea Monkey & Bob
By Aaron Reynolds