Get your children excited about the seas with these fun fish books for kids that will get them thinking about our underwater friends.
What is it about fish? They’re calming. They’re quirky. They all have their own personalities. Personally, my sons and I are in love with a puffer fish at our doctor’s office. This one is cool fish is there ever was one!
Didn’t Mylie Cyrus even write a song about her puffer fish? You can’t make this stuff up, folks!
In addition to offering recommendations of fish books for children that kids will love and learn from, I’ve teamed up with some fellow bloggers to offer you homeschool and in-class aquarium unit study resources! You can find these fish books for kids at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience.
Fish Books for Kids
Ever since my kids were in a stroller, we have been visiting our local Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. And I have such fond memories of visiting the New England Aquarium in Boston as well. It’s where my deep appreciation of fish really began.
These books should get your kids thinking about fish and their many different personalities.
Fish: A boy and his dog embark on a fishing journey. Their first catch of the day: a big fat letter F.
Their second? A slippery I. After an epic journey beneath the lake’s surface, they find what they came for– a FISH, along with some unanticipated menace from a few other letters. This clever, wordless picture book, by a popular New Yorker cartoonist, is filled with charm and heart and will have no problem swimming its way into the hearts of young readers.
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (I Can Read It All by Myself): Beginning with just five fish and continuing into flights of fancy, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish celebrates how much fun imagination can be. From the can-opening Zans to the boxing Gox to the winking Yink who drinks pink ink, the silly rhymes and colorful cast of characters create an entertaining approach to reading that will have every child giggling from morning to night.
Swimmy: Deep in the sea there lives a happy school of little fish. Their watery world is full of wonders, but there is also danger, and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding . . . until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how—with ingenuity and team work—they can overcome any danger. With its graceful text and stunning artwork, this Caldecott Honor Book deserves a place on every child’s shelf.
Big Fish Little Fish (My Little World): Dive into the ocean to learn about opposites in this bubbly book! With bright artwork, fish-shaped finger-holes, and a fun rhyming story, learning is brought to life!
About Fish: A Guide For Children: In simple, easy-to-understand language children learn the basic characteristics of what fish are, how they swim, breathe, and reproduce, and the different ways they protect themselves from predators. The beautifully detailed, full-color illustrations reflect the diversity of the fish population-from an Arctic char to a Porcupine Fish-and present each in its natural underwater habitat. An afterword, which provides further details on the fish portrayed, will inspire young readers to learn more.
Tiddler: The smallest fish can tell the tallest tales …”Sorry I’m late, Miss. I set off really early but on the way to school I was captured by a squid. I wriggled and I struggled till a turtle came and rescued me.” “Oh, no, he didn’t.” “OH, YES, HE DID.” Tiddler is a little fish with a BIG imagination! What ever will he come up with next?
The Fish With the Deep Sea Smile: Join this energetic, fishy tale of one family’s quest among all the fish in the sea to find the fish with the deep sea smile – but can they catch it? Best-selling children’s author Margaret Wise Brown sends us on a rollicking rhyming adventure, taking us from the poles to the tropics along the way. This watery world is brought colourfully to life by the fun and vivid artwork of illustrator Henry Fisher.
Do Fish Fart?: Answers to Kids’ Questions About Lakes: This intriguing collection of questions and answers about our lakes and freshwater systems will fascinate, amaze and inform young readers and anyone who is curious about this world of water. The book answers questions submitted by youngsters curious about water and life in a watershed. This book reveals the common ecology of freshwater lakes. Loaded with illustrations and photographs, the authors tackle the science, plants, fish and animals, and geography. The book also answers questions about what it will take to keep our rivers and lakes clean.
The Rainbow Fish: The Rainbow Fish is an international best-seller and a modern classic. Eye-catching foil stamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that gives the book its lasting value.
The Pout-Pout Fish: Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading “dreary wearies” isn’t really his destiny. Bright ocean colors and playful rhyme come together in Deborah Diesen’s fun fish story that’s sure to turn even the poutiest of frowns upside down.
Fabulous Fishes: From the spiky lionfish and the brightly colored clownfish to lanternfishes and hatchetfishes that flash lights so they can find each other in the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean, children will be fascinated by the breadth of sea life depicted. An afterword offers fascinating facts and a closer look at each fish.
Little White Fish: Little White Fish is in tears. It can’t find its mommy and asks for help from a red crab, orange starfish, yellow snail, green tortoise, blue whale, purple octopus. Look, there’s mommy with all the colors of the rainbow!
And I couldn’t resist including this personal favorite…
This Is Not My Hat: When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . . Visual humor swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his breakout debut with another deadpan-funny tale.
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AQUARIUMS Unit STUDY
In addition to offering recommendations of fish books for children that kids will love and learn from, I’ve teamed up with some fellow bloggers to offer you homeschool and in-class aquarium unit study resources! Some of these resources may contain affiliate links.
- Fish Theme Preschool Classroom Lesson Plans
- Fish Theme Home Preschool Lesson Plans
- Fish Notebooking Pages
- Fish Back to School Bundle
- Fish Writing Prompts
- Fish Roll and Color Math Games
For further aquarium study unit ideas, consider the following links:
- Aquarium Animals Letter Find Worksheets from 3 Boys and a Dog
- Under the Sea Fun Octopus Vegetable Platter from Crafty Mama in ME
- Aquarium Arithmetic Seek and Find from Look! We’re Learning!
- How Fish Breathe – A Science Experiment from Tales of Education at Home
- Fun Things to See at the Newport Aquarium from Something 2 Offer
- Aquarium Scavenger Hunt Printable for Kids from CraftCreateCalm
- Aquarium in a Bottle: Ocean Sensory Idea from A Little Pinch of Perfect
- Aquarium I Spy from Schooling a Monkey
- Finding Fish Learning Placemat from Books and Giggles
- Snorkeling with Kids in Thailand: A Live Aquarium from FrogMom