Book List Theme 6

Go Fish!

Prepared by Anneka Homfeld, Surrey Libraries

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* NNELS and CELA provide access to audiobooks for people with perceptual or print disabilities.


Ages 3-5

I’m the biggest thing in the ocean!
by Kevin Sherry
A giant squid brags about being bigger than everything else in the ocean–almost.
I Spy under the Sea
by Edward Gibbs
Look through the spy holes and count the sea creatures in this underwater take on the classic game.
Ocean Animals from Head to Tail
by Stacey Roderick
This nonfiction picture book uses a playful guessing game to introduce eight different ocean animals and some unique aspects of their bodies. First, readers are shown a close-up illustration of an unusual part of an animal’s body and asked to guess its owner: “What ocean animal has a head like this?” Then the following spread reveals the animal’s name (e.g., “A hammerhead shark!”), along with an illustration of the whole animal in its habitat.
Fish Jam
by Kylie Howarth
Jazz is a scat-singing fish who is way too noisy! Will he ever find a place to play without being shoo, shoo, shooed away?
Squid and Octopus: Friends for Always
by Tao Nyeu
Four separate stories celebrate the many-legged friendship between Squid and Octopus as they disagree over how to stay warm, encourage each other, and fret over the contents of a fortune cookie.
First Big Book of the Ocean
by Catherine D. Hughes
Introduces several of the ocean’s species, provides profiles of creatures, from dolphins and sharks to sea otters and penguins, while sharing facts about their characteristics, diets, and habitats.
I’m a Shark
by Bob Shea
A boastful shark is not afraid of anything, which impresses his underwater friends until they ask about spiders.

Ages 6-8

The Great Googly Moogly
by Courtney Dicmas
Nobody has ever been able to catch The Great Googly Moogly, a giant and terrifying fish of legend. But Stella aims to do just that. Armed with fishing gear and differing baits, she sets out every day to realize her dream, whatever the weather. But what will she do if she succeeds?
The Magic School Bus Presents Sea Creatures
by Joanna Cole
On another special field trip on the magic school bus, Ms. Frizzle’s class learns about the ocean and the different creatures that live there.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
by Dr Seuss
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“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere” . . . So begins this classic Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. Beginning with just five fish and continuing into flights of fancy, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish celebrates how much fun imagination can be. From the can-opening Zans to the boxing Gox to the winking Yink who drinks pink ink, the silly rhymes and colorful cast of characters create an entertaining approach to reading that will have every child giggling from morning to night: “Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”
Shark School: Deep Sea Disaster
by Davy Ocean
Harry the hammerhead shark wishes he could be any other type of shark, but when a class trip to a famous shipwreck almost ends in disaster, Harry realizes the importance of being exactly who he is.
The Kraken’s Rules for Making Friends
by Brittany R. Jacobs
It’s no big surprise that the Kraken has no friends, but he is TIRED OF IT. With a bad temper and a knack for destruction, his talent for meeting new fish is…not so seaworthy. He finds hope when another monster of the deep, a great white shark, offers him some RULES FOR MAKING FRIENDS. Will these rules help the most terrifying monster of the deep make a new chum?
Flotsam
by David Wiesner
A wordless picture book about what happens when a camera becomes a piece of flotsam. Beautiful artwork and engaging energetic scenes bring this story to life.

Ages 9-12

The Walking Fish
by Rachelle Burke
The humorous, exciting tale of an ordinary girl who makes the extraordinary scientific discovery of a blind fish that walks. When seventh-grader Alexis catches an unusual fish that looks like a living fossil, she sets off a frenzied scientific hunt for more of its kind. Alexis and her friend Darshan are off–snorkeling, sounding the depths of Glacial Lake, even observing from a helicopter and exploring a cave, while trying to keep a selfish scientist from claiming the discovery. When Alexis follows one final hunch, she risks her life and almost loses her friend.
Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O’Del
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Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.
Nim’s Island
by Wendy Orr
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Nim loves her island home and the animals she shares it with even while her scientist father is away doing research, but trouble is on the way and a new e-mail friend could be the only one who can help.
Stranded
by Jeff Probst
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Jane, Buzz, Carter, and Vanessa, aged nine to thirteen, are on a sailing trip in the South Pacific intended to help them bond in their newly-blended family when a massive storm strands them on a deserted island.
A Ring of Endless Light
by Madeline L’Engle
During the summer her grandfather is dying of leukemia and death seems all around, 15-year-old Vicky finds comfort with the pod of dolphins with which she has been doing research.
The Thing about Jelly Fish
by Ali Benjamin
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Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend’s death.