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Children's Nonfiction Marine Life

Big Sharks, Small World

by (author) Mark Leiren-Young

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Marine Life, Beginner, Water (Oceans, Lakes, etc.)
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 2
  • Grade: p to 12
  • Reading age: 0 to 2


Meet different sharks from around the world in this rhyming board book.

Did you know that some sharks have friends? Or that there are some sharks bigger than trucks, while others are smaller than ducks? There are sharks who can walk on land and others who play hide-and-seek in the sand.

Shark expert and enthusiast Mark Leiren-Young's rhyming couplets are paired with striking photographs of many different kinds of sharks, introducing little ones to the wonder and variety of this often misunderstood fish.

About the author

Mark Leiren-Young is a writer, documentary filmmaker, playwright, podcaster and orca activist. His book The Killer Whale Who Changed the World won the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada general audience book award. He wrote, directed and produced an award-winning documentary The Hundred-Year-Old Whale, and his documentary about Moby Doll is being produced by Middle Child Films. Mark hosts Skaana, a podcast about orca and ocean stories and is actively involved in the fight for the survival of the endangered southern residents. Mark has written for other young audiences for ABC, PBS, YTV, Treehouse and BBC Kids. His books for young readers include Big Whale, Small World, Orcas of the Salish Sea and the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize winner, Orcas Everywhere. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

“Mark Leiren-Young is the kind of author who produces trustworthy works of nonfiction that will both entertain and educate children.”–CM: Canadian Review of Materials


Mark Leiren-Young's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“So compelling that even non-shark lovers will find themselves gazing at the well-composed and vivid photos. This will be a book that will be requested often!...A good choice for a library needing nonfiction books for the young.”

School Library Journal

“Fact-filled…Stunning information is sure to entertain and fascinate young readers, engaging the attention, curiosity, and imagination.”

Children's Literature

“Very engaging…Short but very deserving to be added to the family or library bookshelf. Leiren-Young starts toddler readers on the path of respecting and admiring the sharks who inhabit the world’s oceans. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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