Kids Books About Fish and Olive & June’s Rainbow Goldfish Collection

Kids' books about fish

In 2021, Olive and June launched a limited edition color called pink goldfish and it brought everyone immediate Rainbow Fish energy. When we heard it was coming back, we knew we had to do a fun post featuring kids’ books about fish!

While assembling this post, we learned our preference for fish books for kids ran deep! Jackie and I each had beloved books from our own childhoods as well as ones we love to read to our kids.

And the funny part is that most of them weren’t the same! We didn’t want to overwhelm you with a giant list, so below are our absolute favorite kids’ books about fish. We also gave you a peek at the new Olive and June Rainbow goldfish collection.

You’ll have to tell us if any of the books or polishes make it into your homes!

For more summer reading, look at the Beach Read Hub for all things related to summer reading or the Ultimate List of Beach Reads 2023 for the latest vacation reading.

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Kids books about Fish and Olive & June's rainbow goldfish collection

What is in the Rainbow Goldfish Collection?

The Rainbow Goldfish collection features a return of the limited edition full-size Pink Goldfish nail polish, a cult favorite, along with a bevy of other mini iridescent colors.

The Full Rainbow Fish Polish Collection includes:

  • Pink Goldfish – a pink iridescent
  • Mermaid Hair – a purple iridescent
  • That’s So Ursula – a blue iridescent
  • Shellphone Bling – a green iridescent
  • My Little Seapony – a turquoise iridescent
  • Baby Starfish – a coral iridescent
Kids books about Fish and Olive & June's rainbow goldfish collection

In addition to the polish colors, Olive & June is also releasing limited edition press-ons as part of the Rainbow Fish Collection. They are:

  • Baby Starfish press-ons in extra short round
  • Mermaid Hair press-ons in medium almond
  • That’s So Ursula press-ons in extra short squoval
  • My Litte Seapony press-ons in short round
  • Shellphone Bling press-ons in short squoval
  • Pink Goldfish press-ons in medium oval and extra short round

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Classic Kids Books About Fish

a fish out of water

A Fish Out of Water by Helen Baker

Plot: A favorite in Jackie’s house, this tells the story of a goldfish owner that overfeeds his pet to disastrous outcomes!

This is a book that is perfect for beginning readers just trying their hand at reading out loud.

one fish two fish

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

Plot: Dr. Seuss’s rhyming book about fish is such a classic that most parents can recite it in their sleep!

A wonderful rhyming book that stands the test of time for being simple and creating lessons for young readers. This is one that is perfect for our reading readiness series.

Mister Seahorse

Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle

Plot: This is a perfect fish book for Father’s Day because it highlights how under the sea critters often have the dads looking out for their little fish eggs.

This lift-the-flap book showcases other fun under-the-sea fish hidden among the seaweed too. It’s so cute to see how different fish species care for their eggs!

Charming Kids Books about Fish

The rainbow fish

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

This modern classic kids’ book about fish was one Kirsten learned about in school!

It’s all about a gorgeous fish with shiny scales who is so conceited he doesn’t have any friends. After he decides to share a lovely scale with each fish in his neighborhood, he gains friends in spades! A wonderful lesson for young kids.

memoirs of a goldfish

Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian

Plot: I love this story of a lonely goldfish who records the changes in his fish bowl each day. He goes from being bored to living in a tank so crowded he can’t swim.

But once he has a chance to take a break from his tank and its inhabitants, he realizes life isn’t nearly as exciting without friends around.

The library fish and more kids books about fish

The Library Fish by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Plot: This charming story tells the story of a goldfish who lives in a library. Library fish loves storytime, but when a snowstorm closes the library, she needs to find another way to get her book fix!

I need to add this one to our list of books about books for kids! It’s perfect.

Funny Kids Books about Fish

Piranhas don't eat bananas and more kids books about fish

Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey

Plot: Aaron Blabey is at his best in this hysterical story of Brian, a piranha, who loves fruit. He’s trying to get his friends to try his fruit platter, but they are more interested in knees than peas.

A charming story to have your children help you with rhyming! Take a look at more of our rhyming books for other fun stories.

pout-pout fish and more kids books about fish

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

Plot: The Pout-Pout Fish is a modern classic because of Mr. Fish’s funny gloomy disposition. The book series is now 9 books strong with no signs of slowing down.

It’s even been picked up for a tv series adaptation coming out quite soon!

This is not my hat and more kids books about fish

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Plot: This funny story kids’ book is about a fish thief! A little tiny fish stole a hat from a giant sleeping fish and he thinks he can get away with it.

But will he be able to or will he end up getting caught? This one will have you chuckling aloud as you read it!

For more kids books about fish, check out our list of books about Octopuses and Narwals

For more books like these, check out our list of books about sharks

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