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Dewey Diva Fall 2022

Big Sharks, Small World
By (author): Mark Leiren-Young
Mark Leiren-Young


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:

Board book

Form detail:

Picture book, Self-covered
Board book , Picture book, Self-covered


Juvenile: Age (years) 0 - 2, Grade (CAN) P, Grade (US) P, Reading age 0 - 2
Oct 18, 2022
Print Run: 10000
$10.95 CAD


7in x 7 x 0.31 in | 220 gr

Page Count:

20 pages


10 Halftones, color
FSC certified – mixed sources C023083
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Marine Life
Children’s / Teenage general interest: Fish and marine life|Baby books|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Freshwater and marine mammals|For children c 0–36 months
  • Short Description
In this rhyming photographic board book, young readers are introduced to different species of sharks around the world.
Meet sharks from around the world.

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.

Key Selling Points

  • Introduces readers to different species of sharks around the world, each with its one key attribute.
  • Little ones learn what the different species look like through full-color photographs.
  • Told in rhyme, this board book is geared to bedtime reading. It concludes by showing that sharks sleep and dream just like we do.
  • Mark Leiren-Young is a passionate advocate for sharks. He interviewed legendary filmmaker and shark defender Rob Stewart about why he fought for their protection, and Mark helped promote Rob’s third documentary film about sharks. Since Rob's death, Mark has continued to spread his message about protecting sharks and oceans.
  • Mark is an award-winning author of a number of books for young readers about his favorite subjects: sharks and orcas.

Mark Leiren-Young is an award-winning author, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker. He has written TV shows for young viewers (including cartoons) for Netflix, CBC, ABC, BBC Kids and PBS. He wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary The Hundred-Year-Old Whale. His first book, The Killer Whale Who Changed the World, won a Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Award. Mark has also written several books for young readers, including Sharks Forever: The Mystery and History of the Planet’s Perfect Predator and Orcas Everywhere: The Mystery and History of Killer Whales, which was shortlisted for a Red Cedar Book Award and the Information Book Award, and won the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize. Mark hosts the podcast Skaana about ocean stories and is actively involved in the fight for the survival of the endangered southern resident orcas. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Contributor Website

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

“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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