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 Fish Kites out of tissue paper.
Cheng, Andrea. GOLDFISH AND THE CHRYSANTHEMUMS. Grandma misses the fish pond back home in China, so Nancy and her family build one.
Kitamura, Satoshi. GOLDFISH HIDE-AND-SEEK. A goldfish plays hide and seek in a very expansive gold fish bowl!
Rylant, Cynthia. MR. PUTTER & TABBY FEED THE FISH. Tabby gets too excited when Mr. Putter brings home goldfish in a bowl.
Bennett, Kelly. NOT NORMAN: A GOLDFISH STORY. Norman didn’t want the goldfish he received for his birthday, but he grows to love him.
Palmer, Helen. A FISH OUT OF WATER. Otto the fish outgrows the bowl, the bathtub, and even a swimming pool when he is fed too much.
Kroll, Virginia. HELEN THE FISH. Hannah’s goldfish dies and Hannah learns how to process her grief.
Yaccarino, Dan. BIRTHDAY FISH. Cynthia wanted a pony for her birthday, but soon learns to love the goldfish that she received.
Morton, Lone. GEORGE THE GOLDFISH. In English and Spanish, this bilingual easy reader depicts the death of a pet goldfish, but with an uplifting conclusion to the story.