Sharks and Ann Patchett’s List of 75…

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Unknown-15There were other topics I considered writing about today, but when I heard that this is Shark Week – and then read Ann Patchett’s list of the “75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years,” I forgot everything else!

Sharks are not my favorite animal to read about. I haven’t even seen Jaws. But as children’s librarians know, you can’t keep a good shark book on the shelf.  Years ago, dinosaur books were the “scary” animals of choice for the eight-and-under crowd, but for the past two years, sharks have left dinosaurs in the dust!

Here are ten recommendations for the young shark lover in your life:



Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton


Flip & Fin: Super Sharks to the Rescue! by Timothy Gill


Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale


Shark Detective! by Jessica Olien


I’m a Shark by Bob Shea



Fly Guy Presents: Sharks by Tedd Arnold


Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies


Sharks: Biggest! Littlest! by Sandra Markle


Discovering Sharks by Donna Potter Parham


Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy (for ages 7-10.  A bit too vividly realistic for the five-year-old shark fan!)

On a completely different note…..

Ann Patchett’s list is a keeper.  Here’s a link:

Patchett and her staff at Parnassus Books in Nashville compiled the list for Parade magazine’s 75th anniversary. The books are organized by decades.   I filled out the check list…

-I am familiar with 74 of the books.  The one I had never heard of: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn

-I’ve read 29 of them.

-There are three collections of short stories that I did not count, but I’ve read stories from the books.


Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel is on the list. I didn’t read it, but if watching the mini series counted….


-One of the books is on my nightstand – in the queue!  (When Breath Becomes Air)


– One of the books would have to be the only printed material on a desert island for me to open.  (Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child)


-and, yes – of course – Charlotte’s Web is on the list!


HAPPY READING and be careful in the water!  Sharks may be fun to read about, but….


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