For a child who loves their pet fish, or even the Library’s fish, here are some fun picture books about goldfish to get them reading.

Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb

What a beautiful book! The cover is simple yet engaging and every page within that book creates the same feeling. The illustrations are like paintings, with an interesting texture. The book follows the life of a goldfish named Paul. He swims around and around, day after day while feeling lonely. That changes when another goldfish—Bernadette—literally drops into his bowl and helps him finally see the world around him. This includes a funny interpretation of objects. A clock, for example, is hilariously called a cactus. Usually books are not both heart-warming AND hilarious, but this book manages to be both.

Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian

“Memoirs of a Goldfish” is essentially the diary of a fish undergoing a lot of change. He starts off his memoir by swimming in circles. Each day, however, presents a challenge. First is the arrival of the unresponsive scuba diver Mr. Bubbles. Then plants are added, and the goldfish regrets the addition of a new daily chore: watering the underwater plants. Multiple other fish and objects appear. The goldfish’s once quiet and empty bowl becomes a slimy mess. He cannot swim in circles and his reflection is terrifying. Through the use of “zooming” in and out of the fish bowl on each page, the book makes each change shocking and exciting.

The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist

Just when it feels that fairytale retellings have reached the point of exhaustion, another one comes up that somehow manages to revitalize the way the story is used. This particular retelling of “The Three Little Pigs” is possibly the funniest version of this story I have read apart from “The True Story of the Big Bad Wolf” (which, by now, is perhaps as classic as the original tale). Goldfish Jim, Tim and Kim move from home and make homes out of ocean materials: seaweed, sand and an old wooden ship. The end result is, as with most retellings, predictable, but still manages to include additional creativity. Goldfish and a big, bad shark make for a fun time while revisiting this old story.



Michaela is a Youth Services Library Assistant for CPL. When she isn't at work, she can be found reading young adult fiction books, visiting a local movie theater or fangirling about all things related to Star Wars.

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