If Sharks Disappeared

Published by Roaring Brook Press

ISBN: 9781626724136

#1 in the If Animals Disappeared series


A healthy ocean is home to many different kinds of animals. They can be
big, like a whale,
tiny, like a shrimp,
and even scary, like a shark.

Even though sharks can be scary, we need them to keep the oceans healthy. Unfortunately, due to overfishing, many shark species are in danger of extinction, and that can cause big problems in the oceans and even on land.

What would happen if this continued and sharks disappeared completely?

Artist Lily Williams explores how the disappearance would affect other animals across the whole planet in this clever book about the importance of keeping sharks, and our oceans, healthy.


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Praise For If Sharks Disappeared


“A successful balancing act between heralding disaster and promoting change—an informative debut.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review ★


“While the future is impossible to predict, Williams presents a scientifically grounded view of a world without sharks that should spark discussion and inspire action in budding ecologists. A terrific addition to any school or public library.”

School Library Journal, starred review ★


“A bibliography and a list of dos and don’ts wrap up a well-executed environmental primer that will leave readers considering the interconnectivity of the planet and its inhabitants.”

Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2017

National Coucil of Teachers of English, Orbis Pictus notable book, 2018

Santa Monica Public Library Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, winner, 2018

Grand Canyon Young Reader Award, winner, 2019

Indiana Library Federation YBHA Picturebook, 2019

Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award (nonfiction), winner, 2018