Shark Week Books and Videos for Kids from Pragmatic Mom:
My middle daughter, PickyKidPix, became terrified of sharks after indulging in too many Shark WeekTV shows. It’s easy to get a skewed impression of sharks so let’s use children’s books to learn about sharks before Shark Week begins on July 17th!
Let’s start Shark Week off with some facts about sharks, shed by the first scientist to study sharks, Dr. Eugenie Clark!
It’s one of those coincidences in children’s book publishing that there were no books on Eugenie Clark and then two picture book biographies were published in the same year! Both are excellent and show different details of her life.
Shark Week Books for Kids
Dr. Eugenie Clark, Preeminent Shark Scientist
SWIMMING WITH SHARKS: THE DARING DISCOVERIES OF EUGENIE CLARK by Heather Lang, illustrated by Jordi Solano
Eugenie was fascinated by sharks and marine life at a young age. Her mother gave her an aquarium which became her laboratory and sanctuary. As a young scientist upon graduation from graduate university, Eugenie discovered three new species on a research trip in the Red Seas. She was also finally able to study sharks in their natural habitat. A timeline at the end of the book details her achievements. [picture book biography, ages 4 and up]
For the rest of the shark week book recommendations, read more on Pragmatic Mom.