Best Children's Books About Fish

91+ Children's Books About Fish

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Charlie's Boat book
#1
Charlie's Boat
Written and illustrated by Kit Chase
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Best friends really are the best when they use their imaginations to help each other. Charlie, Oliver, and Lulu love to play outside together. One fine day they all go fishing, but Charlie doesn’t have much fun—all he can catch are sticks. Next, they build little boats and have a race, but, once again, things don’t go very well. Charlie’s boat comes in last. Things seem pretty gloomy until Oliver comes up with a plan. They build a special boat they can all play on, together! Kit Chase offers a sweet ode to friendship in this tale of three best friends who can count on each other to always make play time fun.

Papa's Mechanical Fish book
#2
Papa's Mechanical Fish
Written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Boris Kulikov
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In the summer of 1851, with encouragement and ideas provided by his family, an inventor builds a working submarine and takes his family for a ride. Includes notes about Lodner Phillips, the real inventor on whom the story is based.

The Goodbye Book book
#3
The Goodbye Book
Written and illustrated by Todd Parr
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

From bestselling author Todd Parr, a poignant and reassuring story about loss. Through the lens of a pet fish who has lost his companion, Todd Parr tells a moving and wholly accessible story about saying goodbye. Touching upon the host of emotions children experience, Todd reminds readers that it's okay not to know all the answers, and that someone will always be there to support them. An invaluable resource for life's toughest moments.

Hello, Dory! book
#4
Hello, Dory!
Written and illustrated by RH Disney
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Meet Dory's friends in this tabbed board book.

Flash the Fish book
#5
Flash the Fish
Written and illustrated by Paul Kor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

For fans of Rainbow Fish and Leo Lionni, this lively, sweet picture book about newfound friendship features shiny silver foil on every page. Little Flash’s family travels as one big group of shimmering silver fish all over the ocean, but Flash likes to strike out on his own to explore. When Flash comes across a big black thing in the water, he’s not sure what to make of it. Could it be a mountain? But mountains don’t have eyes, and they don’t have teeth, and they certainly don’t talk. No, this is not a mountain at all; it’s a baby whale—and she’s lost in the vast ocean! Can Flash and his family help the whale find her mama and papa? This story truly sparkles: Each little fish is made of shiny silver foil throughout the book, bringing some extra brightness to the charming, colorful illustrations.

Song of the Deep book
#6
Song of the Deep
Written and illustrated by Brian Hastings
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Twelve-year-old Merryn lives with her fisherman father in a little cottage by the sea. Each day, her father braves the tumultuous waves and returns home in time for dinner. One stormy evening, he doesn't come back. Merryn has a vision that he s been dragged underwater by a terrifying sea creature, and he needs her help. Determined to rescue him, Merryn builds a tiny submarine and embarks on a journey through the undersea worlds she's only heard about in her father's lullabies. As she faces the dangers and wonders of the world below the waves, she realizes that her father's stories were all real. Readers can also experience Merryn's daring journey firsthand in the new "Song of the Deep" video game from acclaimed developer Insomniac Games."

Prince and Pirate book
#7
Prince and Pirate
Written by Charlotte Gunnufson and illustrated by Mike Lowery
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

When two little fish with big personalities have to share the same tank, there are rough seas ahead! Prince and Pirate are proud masters of their very own fishbowls, and life goes along swimmingly—until they’re scooped up and plopped into shared waters. Prince is horrified to find this cheeky cod trespassing in his kingdom. Pirate is sure this scurvy sea slug has come to plunder his treasure. Thus, a battle of regal sneers, seaworthy stink-eyes, and off-the-hook insults begins. Prince and Pirate’s hilarious duel for territory will elicit gales of giggles, hearty guffaws, and heartfelt smiles. Just when it seems their struggle might end in a silly stalemate, a little surprise convinces them to find a way to get along—swimmingly.

Sardines of Love book
#8
Sardines of Love
Written and illustrated by Zuriñe Aguirre
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

"Grandmother Lola hates sardines, but Grandfather Lolo loves them. He eats them every day. When she runs out of sardines one day, Lola can't bear to think of Lolo going hungry. She decides to go fishing --with unexpected results. What on earth will Lola eat when she discovers that sardines are the only food on offer? And what will Lolo do when he finds out that his beloved Lola is missing?"--Dust jacket flap.

Mr. Wishing Went Fishing book
#9
Mr. Wishing Went Fishing
Written by Irma Wilde and illustrated by George Wilde
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Discover a treasure trove of beautifully illustrated books with our new series, G&D Vintage! Featuring books from our Wonder Books line originally published in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, there's something for every reader in these timeless stories accompanied by classic illustrations. Mr. Wishing decides to go fishing for a pet fish and finds Skipper, a perfect companion. But Skipper needs a friend! Mr. Wishing goes on another rowboat jaunt, but all he manages to catch are a starfish and a crab, which are not the ideal fish bowl companions for Skipper. Finally, Mr. Wishing brings home another fish, Flipper, and Skipper is happy as can be!

Grandpas Are for Finding Worms book
#10
Grandpas Are for Finding Worms
Written by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Jennifer Plecas
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

When you need worms for fishing, Grandpa knows just where to look. Grandpas are great at making things, like bookshelves, burgers, and funny faces. Some grandpas like to sing old songs, some like to play baseball, and all grandpas make you feel special. Young children and grandpas alike will love this sweet tribute to the special love between them

The Ocean Alphabet Board Book book
#11
The Ocean Alphabet Board Book
Written and illustrated by Jerry Pallotta
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

Introduces the letters A to Z by describing fish and other creatures living in the North Atlantic Ocean. On board pages.

Fish Are Not Afraid of Doctors book
#12
Fish Are Not Afraid of Doctors
Written and illustrated by J E Morris
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Maud the koala knows a visit to the doctor will help keep her healthy–so why is she so scared? Maud gets nervous waiting at the doctor’s office for a checkup, so she looks to the fish tank in the waiting room for comfort. Fish don’t have to go to the doctor–she wishes she could be a fish. So when Maud has to get a shot, she shuts her eyes and pretends exactly that: She becomes an aquatic version of herself and pretends to swim through the sea, blowing bubbles and meeting other marine life, until she hears the doctor telling her it’s all done!

Where Is Little Fish? book
#13
Where Is Little Fish?
Written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Is that Little Fish hiding behind the yellow coral? No, it s stripy fish! How about inside the shell? That s shelly fish, of course! Open up the treasure chest (hi, crab!) and peek behind the red coral (so that s where curly whirly and twisty twirly went off to!).

Goldfish on Vacation book
#14
Goldfish on Vacation
Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Leo Espinosa
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From a New York Times bestselling author and a rising-star illustrator comes a humorous tale based on an amazing-but-true story about the summer a city fountain was used as a goldfish pond. H, Little O, and Baby Em are stuck in the city for the summer with only their pet goldfish—Barracuda, Patch, and Fiss—for company. It’s looking like it might be a pretty boring vacation, but one day, something exciting happens. Someone starts fixing up the old fountain down the street—the one Grandpa says horses used to drink from before everyone had cars—and a sign appears: “Calling All Goldfish Looking for a Summer Home.” H, Little O, and Baby Em can’t wait to send their goldfish on vacation, and the fish, well, they seem pretty excited too. Based on the true story of Hamilton Fountain in New York City, this charming tale of one special summer will delight readers young and old. Author’s Note included.

Five Little Gefiltes book
#15
Five Little Gefiltes
Written and illustrated by Dave Horowitz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When five curious young gefilte fish have the chutzpah to sneak out of their jar and set off to explore the world, they are followed by a loud OY VEY!—Mama Gefilte isn’t too happy to see her little ones leaving the nest. But she’s taught them well, and at the end of their adventures, each one proves himself a mensch—making Mama one proud gefilte indeed. Dave Horowitz’s playful rhyming tale, its illustrations packed with comic asides, will have readers giggling out loud and looking for opportunities to practice their Yiddish—with help from the handy glossary at the end of the book.

The Great Googly Moogly book
#16
The Great Googly Moogly
Written and illustrated by Courtney Dicmas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Nobody has ever been able to catch The Great Googly Moogly – a giant and terrifying fish of legend. But Stella aims to do just that. Armed with fishing gear and differing baits, she sets out every day to realise her dream, whatever the weather. But what will she do if she succeeds?Courtney Dicmas’s latest book features a strong and spirited character determined to achieve her goal, but it also reflects our responsibilities to other creatures, and our place in the natural world.

The Little Sailboat book
#17
The Little Sailboat
Written and illustrated by Lois Lenski
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Mr. Small is a sailor in this maritime adventure! Captain Small and his dog Tinker sail and fish together. When a storm comes, Captain Small heads for the safety of the shore. A comforting, nostalgic story full of information about sailing.

Count with Little Fish book
#18
Count with Little Fish
Written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

First there s just one fish Little Fish under the sea. But not for long: here come two fin-fin fish, three counting fish, and four flying fish. And can you imagine who else? Shy fish and scary fish, tiny fish and funny fish.

Fishin': Impossible book
#19
Fishin': Impossible
Written by Davy Ocean and illustrated by Aaron Blecha
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Harry does some deep sea detective work while investigating the fishy disappearance of his worst enemy in this eighth Shark School (mis)adventure. Harry Hammer’s all-time favorite TV show is Mike Hammerhead, Shark Detective. The fin-tastic detective never fails to solve under-the-sea ‘who-dunnits’ and now Harry has found himself in similar water when he investigates the disappearance of his worst enemy Rick Reef. Has his nemesis gone missing or gone fishing?!

Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale book
#20
Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale
Written and illustrated by Marcus Pfister
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

An adorable Rainbow Fish board book! It’s a whale of a tale in which a terrible misunderstanding escalates, putting Rainbow Fish and his friends in great danger, and Rainbow Fish must try to make peace with a big blue whale to save them all from disaster. When a big blue whale comes to live near their reef, there is a misunderstanding between him and Rainbow Fish and his friends that leaves everyone very unhappy and hungry.

Henny, Penny, Lenny, Denny, and Mike book
#21
Henny, Penny, Lenny, Denny, and Mike
Written and illustrated by Cynthia Rylant
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-18

Five guppies love their life in a little girl's fish tank until some new additions shake things up.

Rainbow Fish to the Rescue! book
#22
Rainbow Fish to the Rescue!
Written and illustrated by Marcus Pfister
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Although his friends want to ignore the new striped fish in their midst, Rainbow Fish must decide whether to help him when a shark attacks in a sequel to the best-seller, The Rainbow Fish.

You Can't Win Them All, Rainbow Fish book
#23
You Can't Win Them All, Rainbow Fish
Written and illustrated by Marcus Pfister
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A brand new paperback title in the bestselling Rainbow Fish series! Everyone loses once in a while. But being a good sport when you lose isn’t always easy—not even for Rainbow Fish. A lighthearted look at accepting loss without losing your sparkle!

Splotch book
#24
Splotch
Written and illustrated by Gianna Marino
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

An unsuspecting boy, his dead pet fish, and his well-intentioned mother make this a must-read for fans of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich and I Want My Hat Back. Splotch was meant to be in his bowl when his boy got home from school–but he isn’t there! There’s only one conclusion: he must have run away. But when he mysteriously returns, all is well again. Except…Splotch’s distinctive spot has moved and the only explanation is that he has been CHANGED BY ALIENS! When the spot moves yet again, it’s clear something fishy is going on. This hilarious story poses the question that, when it comes to this family, who is protecting whom? Spot-on kid-humor and splashy illustrations are a signature of Gianna Marino’s work. The perfect follow-up to I Am the Mountain Mouse and Night Animals, Splotch! will not disappoint!

Down by the River book
#25
Down by the River
Written by Andrew Weiner and illustrated by April Chu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

One beautiful autumn day, Art sets out with his mother and grandfather for a fishing trip. Fishing days are Art’s favorite. He loves learning the ropes from Grandpa—the different kinds of flies and tackle and the trout that frequent their favorite river. Art especially appreciates Grandpa’s stories. But, this time, hearing the story about Mom’s big catch on her first cast ever makes Art feel insecure about his own fishing skills. But, as Art hooks a beautiful brown trout, he finds reassurance in Grandpa’s stories and marvels in the sport and a day spent with family, promising to continue the tradition with his own grandkids generations later.

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