Fish Tales: The Best Books on Fishing Fun for Kids

September 8th is International Literacy Day! To celebrate, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite books to inspire a love of fishing in little ones. Head on over to your local bookstore or public library today and scoop up some of these great reads for story time tonight.

1. The Berenstain Bears Gone Fishin'! by Mike Berenstain

 Go fishing with your favorite family of bears with this delightful classic! In this book, Papa Bear is excited to take Brother, Sister, and Honey on a family fishing adventure. During their trip, Papa shares his knowledge and expertise with his children. The Berenstain Bears: Gone Fishin'! is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it's perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

 2. Lana’s World: Let's Go Fishing! by Erica Silverman

While Lana may not get visit the docks in this book, she does conjure up a fantastic fishing adventure in her imagination! In this way, Erica Silverman both inspires a love of fishing and encourages children to play imaginatively! Let’s Go Fishing! is a Level Two book, with an engaging story, longer sentences, and language play for developing readers who still need a little bit of help.

3. One Frozen Lake by Deborah Jo Larson

Deborah Jo Larson’s One Frozen Lake celebrates her childhood spent on frozen lakes through the engaging story of a boy and his grandpa. Though the pair fish all day, they don’t catch anything until the very end of their trip, which beautifully illustrates the role patience plays in fishing. While it might seem like ice fishing may not be a great match for kids, Larson’s book suggests that this unique Northern pastime holds special magic for young child. Aside from the heartwarming story, the book comes alive with the award-winning illustrations of children's book artists Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. Ultimately, One Frozen Lake tells of a tradition being passed from one generation to the next, a tradition that encourages spending unhurried time together sharing winter's gifts—and creating precious memories that last long after the ice melts.

4. Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger

Tamera Will Wissinger’s Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse tells the story of nine-year old Sam, a young boy who loves to fish with his dad. Much to Sam’s dismay, his pesky little sister, Lucy, worms her way into the father-son fishing trip. However, as this book of poems progresses, readers are drawn into a story of a father-son bond and sibling harmony, making it the perfect book for readers with a burgeoning interest in angling.

5. Little Critter: Just Fishing With Grandma by Gina Mayer

If you’re a fan of the Little Critter’s series by Gina Mayer, you’ll love this book! In Just Fishing with Grandma, Little Critter® goes fishing with his adventurous grandma. This book teaches young children that it doesn’t matter how many fish they catch, as long as they make the most of their family fishing trip.

Other honorable mentions: Click, Clack, Splish, Splash: A Counting Adventure, The Great Googly Moogly, Bear and Hare Go Fishing and FISH.