You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Shelf: Shark Week Reads

You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Shelf: Shark Week Reads

Look out! Shark Week is coming. If you’re like us, you look forward to this weeklong celebration of all things shark. In fact, we’re so excited that we fished through our bookshelves in order to share our 12 favorite Shark Week reads with you. Go ahead and dive into these books.

Jaws by Peter Benchley

No Shark Week list would be complete without this one. You’ll find the mother of all sharks in Peter Benchley’s classic white whale of a shark book. Jaws makes us fear the water will never be safe again.

The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

Marine biologist Maeve Donnelly, the protagonist of Ann Kidd Taylor’s delightful novel, might have been once bitten and twice shy, but instead she decides to take a chance on sharks, love and, most importantly, herself.

Devil Sharks by Chris Jameson

Ever wondered what happens when two ex-friends break the ice by taking a cruise together in the Pacific Ocean? According to Chris Jameson in his latest horror-filled and thrilling beach read, the result involves sharks.

Meg by Steve Alten

Jonas Taylor isn’t just a deep-sea diver; he’s also a paleontologist. This comes in handy when he crosses deadly paths with a megalodon, a shark believed to be extinct, in Steve Alten’s sharktastic sci-fi and horror classic.

Everything Is Teeth by Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld’s graphic memoir is filled with her reminiscences of growing up terrifyingly shark-obsessed in coastal Australia.

The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks by Susan Casey

Journalist Susan Casey knows the ocean and its creatures, including the ever-fascinating and misunderstood great white shark.

Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 by Michael Capuzzo

History and horror join forces in Michael Capuzzo’s tale of how a series of great white shark attacks in 1916 on the Jersey shore created a sense of hysteria which led to a massive hunt for the predator.

Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy

Author and illustrator Katherine Roy paints an intimate portrait of the sharks that live near San Francisco in this educational picture book.

Shadow of the Shark by Mary Pope Osborne

Jack and Annie think they are on vacation, but not so fast! Mary Pope Osborne sends her beloved Magic Tree House characters out to sea. Will crossing paths with a shark stop them from finding their way back to the treehouse?

If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams

Even scary creatures like sharks have a positive impact on their ecosystems. In this colorful picture book, Lily Williams explores what would happen to the world if sharks disappeared entirely.

Shawn Loves Sharks by Curtis Manley, illustrated by Tracy Subisak

Shawn knows everything about sharks in this picture book written Curtis Manley and illustrated by Tracy Subisak. It seems obvious to him that he should be the one to report on them for a school project. Find out what happens when he’s forced to study the leopard seal instead.

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating

After seeing a shark during a visit to the aquarium, Eugenie Clark fell in love for good. Here, Jess Keating tells the true story of how Eugenie became an expert on all things shark-related and became known as the Shark Lady.


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