Going fishing is typically a fun activity for the whole family as it involves being outdoors, near water and handling wiggly or squishy bait. Sometimes, you even get to bring home some fish for dinner. But if you can't go fishing, the next best thing is a good book about fishing. There are several picture books available about catching fish, eating fish or just having some fun near the water.
"Just Fishing With Grandma"
"Just Fishing With Grandma" by Gina and Mercer Mayer begins with Little Critter waking up early -- and thinking that it's a great day to go fishing. However, his parents and grandfather are all too busy to take him. Grandma comes to his rescue and volunteers to go. They manage to get on a boat -- but then some mishaps occur. A surprise ending makes this a fun day of fishing in spite of the problems.
"Click, Clack, Splish, Splash: A Counting Adventure"
"Click, Clack, Splish, Splash: A Counting Adventure" by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin is a book about a "fishy" rescue of sorts that helps little ones learn to count. As the story begins, it appears that the dastardly duck is up to no good. The farmer feeds the fish in his tank, and then lies down for a nap. That's when the animals on his farm, headed up by Duck, sneak into the house for an unusual "fishing trip" that involves 10 fish and 10 buckets. In the end, it turns out that Duck really meant no harm, but just wanted to free the farmer's finned friends from their tank.
Fishing isn't always about catching fish; sometimes, it's about imagination. In "McElligot's Pool" by Dr. Seuss, an old farmer tells the boy fishing in McElligot's Pool that he'll never catch any fish there because the pool is too small and full of junk. But the boy spins a wonderful tale of all the fish he might catch if he's patient -- because that dinky little pool just might attach to an underground spring, a river, or even the ocean!
"Fishing Day" by Andrea Davis Pinkney takes on a more serious note -- and is for older preschoolers. It's a story about difference and similarities, as well as generosity. It tells the story of how Reenie, who loves to fish, and her mom, help a boy and his dad catch fish. The author's personal afterword reveals her childhood memories of prejudice and segregation that helped inspire this story of friendship.