Books for Independent Reading


Where's the Fish?
by Taro Gomi
Morrow 1986 (32p)
Children search for a fish hiding in the pictures.
Yellow Ball
by Molly Bang
Morrow 1991 (32p); Puffin 1993 paper
A boy's ball drifts out to the open sea.
By the Sea
by Michelle Koch
Greenwillow 1991 (22p)
Words and pictures present pairs of opposites found near the shore.
Sea Shapes
by Suse MacDonald
Harcourt 1994 (32p)
Geometric shapes metamorphose into different sea creatures.


Fish Fish Fish
by Georgie Adams
Dial 1993 (26p)
Freshwater and ocean fish are described in rhyming text.
Ocean Parade
by Patricia MacCarthy
Dial 1990 (32p)
An array of colorful fish introduces the concepts of counting and shapes.
Punky Goes Fishing
by Sally G. Ward
Dutton 1991 (32p)
Punky and her Grampy have fun fishing together.
Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On
by Lois Ehlert
Harcourt 1990 (32p)
Children count fish from one to ten in this concept book.
by The Cousteau Society
Simon 1993 (20p)
Readers are introduced to the friendly but endangered marine mammal. See others in the series.


The Biggest Animal Ever
by Allan Fowler
Childrens 1992 (32p); also paper
Photographs and minimal text introduce children to the whale. Available in Spanish asEl animal más grande del mundo.
Ocean Day
by Shelley Rotner and Ken Kreisler
Macmillan 1993 (32p)
From seashells to tide pools, Emily explores the natural treasures found at the beach.
Tracks in the Sand
by Loreen Leedy
Bantam 1994 (32p)
A look at the life cycle of the loggerhead sea turtle.
Going on a Whale Watch
by Bruce Macmillan
Scholastic 1992 (40p)
A young boy and girl observe dolphins and whales during a whale watch.
Fish Faces
by Norbert Wu
Holt 1993 (32p)
Underwater photographs present a wide variety of fish faces.
Turtle's Day
by Dwight Kuhn
Cobblehill 1994 (32p)
In this photo essay, readers follow a box turtle through its day.
It Could Still Be a Fish
by Allan Fowler
Childrens 1991 (32p)
Facts about fish. Available in Spanish asPodría ser un pez.
Sail Away
by Donald Crews
Greenwillow 1995 (32p)
A family spends the day sailing and weathers a storm.
Crinkleroot's Twenty-Five Fish Every Child Should Know
by Jim Arnosky
Macmillan 1993 (32p)
Crinkleroot the nature guide describes common species of fish.
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
by Dr. Seuss
Random 1960 (63p)
A boy and girl watch a parade of imaginary creatures.
Fishy Riddles
by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg
Dial 1983 (48p); Puffin paper
A collection of easy riddles about underwater creatures.
Nadarín (Swimmy)
by Leo Lionni
Text in Spanish.
A House by the Sea
by Joanne Ryder
Morrow 1994 (32p)
A young boy's special place is a house by the sea.


Tom's Fish
by Nancy Coffelt
Gulliver 1994 (32p)
Tom learns to appreciate the individuality of a goldfish that swims upside down.
A Fisher
by Doug Florian
(Social Studies)
Greenwillow 1994
A day in the life of a man who earns his living by fishing.
Henry the Sailor Cat
by Mary Calhoun
Morrow 1994 (40p)
The Siamese cat Henry sneaks on board when his family goes sailing.
The Sea and I
by Harutaka Nakawatari
(Social Studies)
Farrar 1992 (32p); also paper
A boy waits by the sea for his father to come back from a day of fishing.
Nathan's Fishing Trip
by Lulu Delacre
Scholastic 1988 (32p)
A mouse and an elephant go on a fishing trip full of mishaps.
Going Lobstering
by Jerry Pallotta
(Social Studies)
Charlesbridge 1990; also paper
A brother and sister go on their first lobstering expedition.
Fishing at Long Pond
by William T. George
Greenwillow 1991 (32p)
When Katie and her grandfather go fishing, she catches her first bass.
Down in the Sea: The Jellyfish
by Patricia Kite
Whitman 1993 (24p)
A simple introduction to a familiar sea creature.
Don't Tease the Guppies
by Pat Lowry Collins
Putnam 1994 (32p)
Tim's inability to read signs gets him into trouble on a trip to the aquarium.
Ducklings and Pollywogs
by Anne Rockwell
Macmillan 1994 (32p)
A girl and her father watch the seasonal changes that take place by a pond.
How to Hide an Octopus and Other Sea Creatures
by Ruth Heller
Grosset 1985 (32p); 1992 paper
All about the ways fish use camouflage.


Rainbow Fish
by Marcus Pfister
North-South 1992 (32p)
A beautiful, glittering fish learns about sharing and friendship. Available in Spanish asEl pez arco iris.
Nessa's Fish
by Nancy Luenn
Atheneum 1990 (32p); Simon 1994 paper
When Nessa and her grandmother go fishing, Nessa must keep their catch safe from wild animals. Available in Spanish asLa pesca de Nessa.
My Visit to the Aquarium
by Aliki
Harper 1993 (32p)
On a tour of an aquarium, a boy shares information about marine life.
by Diana Engel
Macmillan 1993 (32p)
Loretta's memories of fishing with her grandpa help her make a new friend.
The Great Adventure of Wo Ti
by Nathan Zimmelman
Macmillan 1992 (32p)
After plundering the palace pond for goldfish, the alley cat Kitti Ho is outsmarted by Wo Ti the carp.
A House for Hermit Crab
by Eric Carle
Picture Book Studio 1987 (32p); also paper
Hermit Crab outgrows his shell and looks for a new home.
Anansi Goes Fishing
by Eric Kimmel
Holiday 1992 (32p); also paper
Anansi the spider tries to trick Turtle into fishing for his dinner.
Burt Dow, Deep Water Man
by Robert McCloskey
Viking 1962 (64p); Puffin paper
When an old fisherman gets his hook caught in a whale's tail, surprising things happen.


Baby Beluga
by Raffi
Crown 1990 (32p); also paper
A baby beluga whale splashes and dives through the waves.
Swim the Silver Sea, Joshie Otter
by Nancy White Carlstrom
Philomel 1993 (32p)
When Joshie Otter gets lost, his mother's song leads him home.
Gone Fishing
by Earlene Long
Houghton 1984 (32p); also paper
A boy and his father spend the day happily fishing together.
I Love Fishing
by Bonnie Dobkin
Childrens 1993 (32p); also paper
For a young boy, going fishing means seeing and doing lots of other things too.
Down by the Bay
by Raffi
Crown 1988 (32p); also paper
Two friends try to outdo each other imagining sights down by the bay.