Pet fish can be more practical than a dog or cat for some households. Here are some great pet fish books for storytime; serve Goldfish Crackers at the end of the storytime! For a craft, you can make a simple paper plate tropical fish.
Bennett, Kelly. NOT NORMAN: A GOLDFISH STORY. Norman is disappointed with his pet goldfish until he learns to love him.
Cannon, A.E. SOPHIE’S FISH. Jake takes care of Sophie’s fish while she is away on vacation.
DiPucchio, Kelly. GILBERT GOLDFISH WANTS A PET. Gilbert lives happily in his goldfish bowl, but would like a pet of his own.
Foreman, Michael. FRIENDS. Cat takes goldfish for a walk outside and offers to set him free in the ocean, but the goldfish wants to stay with Cat.
Kleinberg, Naomi. ELMO AND DOROTHY: FRIENDS FOREVER! In this board book, the Sesame Street character takes care of his pet goldfish.
Palmer, Helen. A FISH OUT OF WATER. In this classic easy reader, a boy over-feeds his goldfish and it grows to an enormous size.
Poydar, Nancy. FISH SCHOOL. Charlie takes his pet goldfish to school and to the aquarium.
Scillian, Devin. MEMOIRS OF A GOLDFISH. A goldfish describes his life in the bowl in his humorous memoir.
Shields, Gillian. DOGFISH. A little boy wants a dog for a pet but he learns to accept the goldfish he has by teaching him tricks.
Also see the previous Goldfish / Tropical Fish storytime ideas page from June 2006.