Sometime last year, in a fit of brilliance, I did a fish themed storytime. By the time I got done, I was giggling like a mad woman. I fled back to my coworkers, just slightly horrified by what I had just read to “my” kids and wondering if the parents would bring them back or write me off as just a little crazy.

Fortunately, “just a little crazy” seems to be accepted as part of the job description.

What had I read?

Pout Pout Fish Cover

Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

(or… fish suffering from depression who gets a prescription by the end of the book, which happens to have the side effect that they make him really affectionate)

Trout Trout Cover

Trout Trout Trout by April Pulley Sayre

(Go look at the art work. It’s, um, vibrant.)

Fidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway

(The fish with ADHD!!)

Ugly Fish by Kara LaReau

(A story about a carnivorous cannibalistic fish….every other page reads “And then he ate him” and there is definitely not a happy ending.)

Now, I could get away with this for a Storytime for Adults (which I totally wish we could institute) or even with my Wee Reads but in the future, may I suggest some other combination for the three year olds?