Shark Week Returns

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The countdown is running, get ready... it's coming! Shark Week begins August 10!

It's no surprise that children (and adults) find these amazing predators interesting and have tuned in to Shark Week for 27 years. Shark Week was created by the Discovery Channel to keep people informed about and respectful of sharks. They are a key part of the marine ecosystem and get a lot of negative press.

Prepare your family by talking about why it's important to protect sharks and ways we can all help. Here are some books my boys and I have enjoyed reading as we get ready for Shark Week.

Sharks: This informational book has some impressive photos and interesting facts. Did you know that over 70 kinds of sharks are in danger? My son and I loved searching for the yellow caution signs that appear throughout the book to highlight endangered sharks.

See the ultimate face-off in Shark Vs. Train! Train might be the fastest on the tracks, but shark is the best when it comes to high-dives. Who do you think will win this competition?

Lion, shark and timber wolf form a support group where they decide to become vegetarians instead of Carnivores. This is a hilarious story of predators trying to fit in.

Also, check out this cool 24-hour live reef shark cam at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. You will see blacktip reef sharks, reef fish and Calypso, the 500+ pound sea turtle. During Shark Week they'll have live diver chats and shark feedings.

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