There 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!)
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….